Did you read Dwight Allen's article ripping Stephen King? If you didn't -- you should, just to get a idea of what intellectual snobbery taste like -- it's HERE. My blog post about it is HERE.
Scott Beauchamp has a great response/article titled, "Should You Feel Bad About Reading Stephen King?" orginally posted at bookriot.com. Of course, he also reviews the responses to Allen's original piece.
Beauchamp wraps up, writing:
It seems like these semi-annual "should I feel bad about reading Stephen King?" battles are getting a bit out of hand. Snobs: your standards are not objective. King Defenders: don't be so insecure. These arguments always seem to bring out the worst in people, because it really becomes a war about your identity as a reader. But who cares who considered which author to be what? Sit down and read and enjoy.