The Dork's post about the hype machine brought my irritation about it to the forefront of my mind.
I resent the power Oprah holds over the publishing industry. No one person should be allowed so much muscle. I really don't have a problem with her as a human, other than the worrisome fact that so many people seem to think her opinion is golden. I prefer to think that Paul the Octopus is a better arbiter of good taste.
I will acknowledge, however grudgingly, that she (or her minions) have picked some good books, but her endorsement has a negative effect on me. That big "O" on the front of a book tends to repel me rather than attracting me. I don't mind so much when she chooses a classic (not the least because it's fairly easy to find a copy without her endorsement printed on the cover) but, with the newer books she has chosen, I am more likely to pass over one she has marked and pick up one she has ignored.
That said, I must admit I have found myself reading quite a few of "her" books (and I'm afraid the other half may be on my TBR list). Not on purpose, of course, although I'm sure that in some sneaky underhanded way my choice was related to hers--meaning, perhaps I heard about a book merely because of the notice it received in her hype machine. I also do like the idea that perhaps she has persuaded some non-readers to pick up a book. But that doesn't make the whole idea much less distasteful to me.
How do you feel about the Big O? (I mean, of course, the one on the cover of so many books.)
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