Having been an English Lit Major, I got over it fast.
I've learned as much from a romance novel as from a classical literary novel. Or a science fiction pulp novel as a literary one.
It's not unlike the Television snob, who says, in a bragging tone, I never watch television, it's beneath me.
I think that compulsion does to an extent come from a superiority/inferiority complex of sorts.
As if what we read or watch defines who we are or is something to brag about?