Junk Fiction: America's Obsession with Bestsellers

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Wildside Press LLC, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 328 pages
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A witty examination of America's bestselling novels, covering works by Danielle Steel, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Nora Roberts, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and many others.
  

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User Review  - CarlosMcRey - LibraryThing

Or, Joshi reads contemporary pop fiction so you don't have to. S.T. Joshi is probably never going to win any rewards for Mrs. Congeniality, but in these days of faux-populists, there's something ... Read full review

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I'm glad to see that Joshi has called out Barbara Taylor Bradford for the hack she is. With her generic plots, plastic characters, dreadful dialogue, and lack of insight, she has nothing to offer but candy for love-sick romantics who are too lazy or can't afford to travel. What she passes off as wisdom is nothing more than rehashed platitudes. Until Junk Fiction, Bradford's work seemed to be beyond critical reproach, although never quite considered literature. Her early success was primarily due to a willing audience, smart market manipulation, and a few talented writers who adapted her books for TV.  

Contents

Introduction
7
Danielle Steel Barbara Taylor
27
John Grisham
69
Mary Higgins Clark Sue Grafton
91
James Patterson and Nelson
118
Robert Ludlum Tom Clancy
154
Stephen King and Dean Koontz
194
Dee Brown and Irving
226
Jackie Collins Judith Krantz
261
Conclusion
301
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S. T. Joshi is a widely published literary critic and editor.

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