Googlover: Do you think the state of literature has to do with general trend of anti-intellectualism and dumbing down that is widespread in our culture?Now, isn't that a wonderful question? IMHO, the answer is YES.
Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader will fail, Steve Jobs says, because Americans simply don’t read. From The New York Times:
“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.” Read More
I don't think Kindle will fail but I do agree that people don't read as much. How many people would have heard of the books unless it was made into a movie? What do you think? Are we becoming dumber? Will reading die out?
Then I had this question:
Talli Roland: There is a formula to fiction. I wonder if there was a formula a century ago, too, only it was different?Another great question. I've been thinking about this and I believe that even back a few hundred years ago, certain types of stories were popular. Take for example, Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen wrote that book because at the time, Gothic novels were popular. Jane Austen based her story on Ann Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho.
But enough of what I think. What do you think about these questions?