Brunch has been getting a lot of flak lately. From complaints about the lines to the crowds, brunch is being talked about for all the wrong reasons.

But brunch shouldn't pay any attention to the haters -- because I think it's the best meal ever. Seriously, there are so many reasons to love brunch -- including the simple fact that it is the ultimate mashup -- which completely makes up for any bogus reasons people cite to why they hate this weekly ritual. Just think about how sad, lonely, and alcohol-less your Saturday and Sunday mornings would be without this reliable meal. A world without brunch is definitely not a world I want to live in.

Check out the top 14 reasons to love this meal, and let us know in the comments why you love brunch, too.

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  • There's alcohol involved.

    The Bloody Mary is basically the MVP of brunch. Get the <a href="" target="_blank">Homemade Bloody Mary Recipe </a>by Brooklyn Sugar

  • And coffee.

    That you don't have to make yourself, and often comes with a work of art in cream on top. <em>via <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>

  • There's no way not to smile at fresh pancakes.

    Seriously, we can almost smell these through the computer screen. <em>via <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>

  • There are endless options.

    Bringing breakfast and lunch people together since the beginning of time. <em>via <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>

  • Combo foods are common.

    Like this breakfast pizza.

  • And the breakfast burrito.

    For when you feel like breakfast AND lunch. Get the <a href="" target="_blank">Bacon, Egg, & Avocado Breakfast Burrito Recipe</a> by Buns In My Oven

  • It can help form lifelong friendships.

    Or in this case, bromances.

  • There's such a thing as champagne brunch.

    The perfect mesh of clubbing and breakfast food. <em>via <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>

  • You can get dessert.

    And you don't even have to feel bad about it. via <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

  • It basically counts as two meals in one.

    So you don't have to feel bad about eating chocolate chip pancakes and bacon in one sitting. <em>via <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>

  • There are often pastries involved.

    And who doesn't like a cinnamon bun? <em>via <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em>

  • You feel like you accomplished something.

    Leaving the couch on a Sunday = productivity. via <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

  • This phenomenon is common.

    Jenna knows what's up. via <a href="" target="_blank"></a>