I prefer to let my real life be more like the navy and my imaginary life, the one filled with words, be more like a pirate. Certainly there is a literary parallel in here somewhere as well as you can tap any academic on the shoulder and ask for, and receive, a long list of books that follow the rules.
Does this fact make these books boring or undesirable? To some, for sure, but not for everyone. What about all the books that are out there that don't follow the rules; the ones that break them at the turn of every page? Some may find them more interesting. Some may not be able to find the order among the chaos.
The world needs rules just as much as it needs rule breakers (intelligent or otherwise). It's what keeps us moving forward and yet somewhat organized at the same time.