Sunday, January 10, 2010

I Can Has Coincidence?

I was using a random page search function on Firefox in order to waste time and avoid writing, and the first page offered was this:

"A lot of the people who read a bestselling novel, for example, do not read much other fiction. By contrast, the audience for an obscure novel is largely composed of people who read a lot. That means the least popular books are judged by people who have the highest standards, while the most popular are judged by people who literally do not know any better. An American who read just one book this year was disproportionately likely to have read ‘The Lost Symbol’, by Dan Brown. He almost certainly liked it."

—The Economist

7 comments:

Readerly Person said...

Popped over from Nicola Morgan's party, and this is the best first entry I've found from there so far. Love it.

Cheers,

Rebecca

http://elephantsontrapezes.blogspot.com

Lorelei Armstrong said...

Excellent! Thank you for the visit! I shall pop over your way...

KarenG said...

Interesting quote! And it explains a lot, doesn't it? (Sigh)

Colette said...

Lorelei, I am laughing out loud. My son (the non-reader) asked for one book for Christmas this year -- The Lost Symbol.

Lorelei Armstrong said...

He's obviously reading the Economist!

Melinda Szymanik said...

Hahahahahahah (maniacal hysterical laughter). I love this quote - it explains a lot.

Lorelei Armstrong said...

I couldn't believe it when Firefox offered it to me. What a quote! I'd done a blog post about that over a year ago. Of course, at the time I was arguing with an agent on her blog, so I'm no rocket scientist, but still...