Re: RARA-AVIS: Sturgeon's "Cellmate"

From: John Armstrong (
Date: 12 Jun 2008

Similar thing happening in comics; as the audience has dwindled, overall quality of writing and art has gone up. Purely subjective estimation on my part but I don;t think too many would argue there is more really fine work in comics now (last 10 years say) than in other eras.

jacquesdebierue wrote:
> --- In
> <>, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:
> > That's an easy one. Corporations, including media corporations, are
> > only open to innovation when the old models cease to be as profitable.
> > That's why, traditionally, it was the network at the bottom that has
> > tried new things. And now that all of them are taking big hits, they're
> > all scrambling for new successful model, be it denser plotting (Lost,
> > 24, Seinfeld, etc) or reality shows. A section of the book Everything
> > Bad is Good for You discusses the increased complexity in TV (and movies
> > and video games, etc).
> So, for hardboiled and noir literature that would mean that the sales
> in general are falling but the public that remains is more demanding?
> The quality of the product that does get published in those genres is
> excellent. I don't know what it is, but it's a shift. Perhaps talented
> writers who wouldn't have written in these genres are now choosing to
> do so? Anyway, it's good for those of us who do read books regularly.
> According to an article that appeared in the Atlantic a few months
> ago, we habitual readers are becoming dinosaurs.
> Best,
> mrt

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