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If you enjoyed a good book and you’re a woman, the critics think you’re wrong

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If you enjoyed a good book and you’re a woman, the critics think you’re wrong

“Unlike critics who write about film or food or music, book critics are rarely required to engage with popular material. Critics ignore the books that people are actually reading; readers ignore the critics and the books they tout; everyone goes home happy.

But, every once in a while, a literary novel becomes tremendously popular, transcending the typical sales for literary fiction and making its way onto bestseller lists. About 15 years ago, books might have gotten a boost from Oprah’s endorsement; these days, it’s word of mouth that propels lucky titles – a magical synchronicity that publicists try to plot and editors pray for that gets not only devoted readers but casual ones to give a long, literary novel a try…”

Author: SBolithoe

Librarian, author, blogger, presenter, history buff and animal lover.

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