Seems so odd, to me, that as a species we are so attracted to misfortune.
Think about it - stories that only have a happy sequence of events are "sickeningly nice". We laugh at the misfortunes of others - slapstick is probably one of the few elements of humour common to all studied societies.
Why on earth is it so appealing? Is it that we enjoy the misfortunes of others because by inference it is for our own personal advancement (we enjoy watching others eliminate themselves from competition?). Is it that we want to appreciate adversity/a challenge before something has worth?
Do you in fact disagree - it is unappealing, or that something else is the draw?
Here's a relevant quote, from the esteemed Mr Tolkien :
Originally Posted by J R R Tolkien in "the Hobbit"