Thursday, October 22, 2009

Why every book seems to look like every other book

Ever wonder why all the books on the bestseller list, and sometimes in the bookstores, all look and sound the same? Robert McCrum is writing about the British scene, but his thoughts are applicable to the US. It's the bean-counters who are making it all one big rerun. Originality and the editors who seek it don't have a chance.

Such is the climate in which new fiction is often published today. At the public end, there's the razzmatazz. Off-the-radar, new fiction by unknown writers, the lifeblood of the business, is being scrutinised by people who have neither appetite for, nor understanding of, originality. More...

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