Volume 2, Number 10 - February 06, 2012

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Who Can’t Be A New York Times Best Seller?

By Brittany Esquijarosa

Let me start by saying that Snooki is a New York Times Best Seller. Enough said?

I have been perusing bookstores and libraries for some time now, and lately everywhere I turn there seems to be a New York Times Best Seller.

When I think New York Times, esteemed writers come to mind, people who deserve such an honor like Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, or Kathryn Stockett.

Not today. In fact, some of the most inconsequential celebrities, fashion designers, perfume makers, actors, singers, are in the ranks with some of the most well-known authors who have received a coveted New York Time’s Best Seller distinction.

Granted, a New York Times Best Seller is a publication that reaches a certain number of sales, and extracts millions of dollars from loyal bookworms who catapult the book’s popularity into a bestseller. However, I feel there should be a divide between authors who can actually write and authors who have a ghost writer behind their books.

   Reality stars, Real Housewives and teen moms have become infamous for their respective roles in society, but now they also have become recurring members of The New York Times Best Seller’s List.

   What happened to the times when acclaimed poets, writers and literary masters were in a category of their own? When receiving a New York Time’s Best Seller award adorned the covers of a literary masterpiece like a gem? Those days are gone.

   Today, phony wannabe writers who pay someone to assemble their ridiculous ideas are grouped with writers who take days upon days, experiences and real ideas to finish their work.

   Kardashian Konfidential by the reality star clan Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, A Shore Thing by Snooki, and Fabulicious by real housewife Teresa Giudice are just three of the empty, waste-of-paper books that have polluted bookstores and lowered the quality of a New York Times Best Seller stamp forever.

   All I am advocating is for The New York Times to regain control of their once coveted accolade because they are diminishing its value and promoting mediocrity. 

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