What we Like vs. What the Literatti Think We Should Like?
If you watch much (or any) PBS programming, you might have noticed a call to vote in The Great American Read poll.
What’s interesting is what people actually like. Spoiler alert – genre fiction and great stories, as well as books we read as kids. Not necessarily “great literature” or “good prose.” (From The Wall Street Journal “The Way We Read Now”)
I’ve read 33 of the titles or series on the list. Very few of the literature titles, fewer of the translated literature titles, but many of the genre books. OK, not Wheel of Time. There’s epic fantasy and “is this series over yet?” epic fantasy. Yes, I’m a wimp. 🙂
Edited to add: For the book-list, go to the first link. The Passive Voice link is to an excerpt from the paywalled article. I apologize. The article was still “in the wild” when I posted, and I have not been able to find a good cached free version or a way around the wall.