I just read Francine Pose’s They’re Watching You Read article and I found it extremely interesting in the sense that you think what you are reading is pretty private. Prose uses the example of Fifty Shades of Grey and it really is perfect. You can keep it anonymous anywhere you are what you are reading, but apparently, it’s not that anonymous. Of course, it is in public. The only people who know what you are reading are the analytics team behind the eReader. But it makes me think about some things in Publishing.
When Fifty Shades of Grey came out, as much as I hate to admit this because I despise a lot of things about Fifty Shades of Grey, it really opened up the “romance” genre to be much more acceptable to read in public. So why are we still hiding behind out eReaders so much? A romance novel can be brilliantly written and still, a reader will be judged for it because it isn’t “good” literature. But what the hell even is “good” literature? Does it have to be intellectual to the extreme, have a ton of references that you have to google just to understand what the author is talking about?
I don’t think so. I think “good” literature is whatever you personally find good. It’s what captures your attention and keeps you raptly turning the pages. As long as it is engaging, as Joe Lazauskas writes in “Why ‘Depth Not Breadth’ Will Be The Rallying Call of Content Marketing in 2015“. If a book has a bodice ripper cover on it, the content may be brilliant, but the judgement eyes will be rampant.