Friday, August 24, 2012
Expectations of Excellence
I'm noticing that my images are much sharper in PS than they are once uploaded which is a disappointment.
Onto the question of excellence.
A vast number of people (going by the reviews) think that E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey is poorly if not amateurly written. Vast numbers say it's the greatest thing ever. I think this is a bad example because the erotica element clouds the mind.
Let's just say for the sake of this rambling argument that any book (almost any) reviewed on Amazon will be perceived as both good and lousy.
When paperback books were invented, did people really pick them up thinking "I love to curl up with Shakespeare" ? Aren't the covers a dead giveaway you're not getting great literature? Go to Book Scans for 1000's of them.
Aren't most indie ebooks really as disposable as a 25 cent paperback? Texas druid cowboys. Regency romances, erotica, police procedurals, hundreds of thousands of books like every paperback ever written on the planet was dumped on Amazon. At rock-bottom bargain prices, people buy them and a lot of people somehow expect literary perfection.
Boy are they misunderstanding this process!