You know, with stuff like this.
From the NY Times:
To liken TV shows to novels suggests an odd ambivalence toward both genres. Clearly, the comparison is intended to honor TV, by associating it with the prestige and complexity that traditionally belong to literature. But at the same time, it is covertly a form of aggression against literature, suggesting that novels have ceded their role to a younger, more popular, more dynamic art form. Mixed feelings about literature — the desire to annex its virtues while simultaneously belittling them — are typical of our culture today, which doesn’t know quite how to deal with an art form, like the novel, that is both democratic and demanding.
Yeah, novels have ceded their place to a younger, more popular and dynamic art form…I don’t think there’s a question about that. More people like television than books, it’s not an affront to books, it’s just the truth. Any TV show pulling in the readers/sale of a book usually won’t make it (THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS, OK YESSS).
Television has always had this potential, they’re just finally doing it differently. The same thing with books–we might find a new “NOVEL” way (amirite?) to write, and produce books and then change the game (UM, THEY’RE CALLED EBOOKS) or maybe we should just accept that there are different entertainment lifespans (The New Yrk Times isn’t writing about video games vs the end of movies as much, but maybe they should).
Yes, but writing can add some nuances sure, it doesn’t have to go “big” every single time, but do people have the patience for that? I don’t know–maybe as many people as ever. There are some bad novels from the past that no one is now reading, just like there’s no way we’ll watch every TV show that’s currently on 20 years ago. People read for mass entertainment, they watch for mass entertainment and it keeps going.
We’ll preserve what’s worth preserving–no matter the format.
These articles are popping up because there’s not a Television Review section, but there is a Book Review section and nobody likes change or having their departments cut so let’s draw the dividing lines now and refuse to budge, okay?