Tuesday, January 29, 2008

What's wrong with being a best seller?

There seems to be a stigma among book people that best selling writers are "trashy," or "not serious writers". For some reason this trend isn't observed in music. Music geeks are always complaining about how bad "pop" music is, but if you want to be considered great, you have to be popular. In literature, being popular is almost a liability if you want to be remembered as great.

1 comment:

PLW said...

Ohh.. I think a lot of the authors we remember as "great" were also quite popular in their day. Let's start with Homer and Ovid. Shakespeare was well known, and Dickens was the JK Rowling of his time, with people breathlessly waiting on the docks for the arrival of the next part of his books (then published in serial).