Why do genre writers love training / school sequences so much? I am starting to think about my next story, with main character of temple dancer / prostitute, and I immediately started wanting to do flashbacks to her training days. And yes, it's sex, so that's part of it. But genre writers do this with magic too, and swordfighting, and even cooking -- any specialized skill.
Why do we love it so? I say this as someone who not only wants to write it, but loves reading it. (Taran Wanderer, anyone? God, I love that book.) But I suspect my story will be better if I skip the training completely.
(Now I want to go re-read the Chronicles of Prydain. And it is summer, so I shall.)