AverageAmericanGuy: And how many copies of your book have you sold, critics?
AverageAmericanGuy: And how many copies of your book have you sold, critics?Danielle Steele it ain't, but people still love it and are buying it in droves. Whether you think she's a terrible writer or not, the verdict is in. She's got an audience and is making tons of money pandering to it.
Gifted Many Few: Some of you more literary types should take note that some of your favorite authors were despised while they were alive. A true merit of a writer is how well the works stand up after they are dead. I think 50 Shades has the staying power to be part of the culture for years to come. In fact, I think it will be noted as a defining moment in literature, along the lines of the Hemingway and Kerouac.
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