I’ve read several award winning books this year. Going as high as the Pulitzer and National Book Awards, but also more regional prizes. I’ve never read a book simply because of its praise, but when seeing “winner of the Pulitzer Prize” on the cover it does raise my expectations just a tad for the book.
Maybe it’s just me, but I haven’t found these books to be consistently great. Some have been downright bad. Now that I’m writing this it is starting to make sense. I wouldn’t enjoy every best picture nominee/winner. I wouldn’t enjoy every album nominated for album of the year. I guess I’m biased because books are the medium I enjoy the most. So if a book is said to be good, it better be?
Am I losing it or what? 😂
The Grammys are the biggest night of the year for the music industry here in the United States. Except they’re hardly worth watching.
The Grammys are nothing more than a popularity contest. It isn’t about quality. For instance, Adele is nominated for several awards this year. The songs she’s released from her latest album are hardly impressive. And it’s the same for several superstars every year.
I won’t say this isn’t the case for other awards shows, but the Grammys are made out to be this night celebrating music. And it isn’t. It’s a night celebrating as many superstars as possible.
Have you ever thought about the same people being nominated and winning Grammys year after year?
The LA Times Festival of Books was this past weekend. It’s one of the most popular and anticipated book festivals in the country. There was a little of just about everything.
I’m not really interested in the awards that were havded out. Except for James Patterson’s. I’ve already written about it on here, but the reason I want to talk about it again is because he gave a speech at the awards gala. He talked about his BookShots project I’ve also already written about. I didn’t get to see his entire speech, but I did see some. And I still just don’t know why he (or his publisher) think these books are going to get people to somehow enjoy books.
I understand that he’s done a lot of things as an author and many of those things have proven very lucrative, but this just isn’t adding up for me. People who don’t read, DON’T READ. They don’t care how many times you say the book is like reading a movie. They don’t care how many pages the book has. And they don’t care who’s writing the books. I don’t know if everyone involved in this is clueless or arrogant.
This is like a beer or drink company proclaiming they’ve come up with the drink to get EVERYONE drinking, even people like me who refuse to drink alcohol for any reason.
I’ll end with a question for Patterson and the team behind this new project. What evidence do you have that these books will be bought by anyone besides Patterson’s regular readers? I’d love to know.