“A lot of the people who read a bestselling novel, for example, do not read much other fiction. By contrast, the audience for an obscure novel is largely composed of people who read a lot. That means the least popular books are judged by people who have the highest standards, while the most popular are judged by people who literally do not know any better. An American who read just one book this year was disproportionately likely to have read ‘The Lost Symbol’, by Dan Brown. He almost certainly liked it.”
This quote from The Economist neatly sums up my thoughts on the popularity of books and those chosen for awards by public vote. It’s not that the people who read Fifty Shades of Grey, for example, didn’t like it. Most of them no doubt liked it a lot. But I think a judgement can only be made if you have read all of the books that have been nominated. Somehow, when I try to articulate my thoughts on this subject I feel like I sound unkind. This writer for The Economist, however, sounds perfectly reasonable.