Friday, November 21, 2008

Aspiring to be literature

Stuart Evers at The Guardian Books Blog on "The good side of bad books": "I think it's worth pointing out here that not all bad books are properly bad. I'm not talking about Jefferey Archer or Harold Robbins, Danielle Steel or Norah Roberts. Their books have a specific function, a specific readership and for the most part they deliver what their readers want and expect. For me, truly bad novels must want or aspire to be literature, rather than simply product. Take By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart, for example..."