I watched "The Hangover." I fucking hated it. This is a movie 50 million people loved?!
I've tried to watch "Criminal Minds" and "Bones" and "NCIS" and "Big Bang Theory." I detest them. These are shows that get 10 million viewers per episode and dot the Neilsen ratings weekly top ten?!
I started "The Da Vinci Code." Quit after page 50. This is a book that has been read by zillions of people in 40 different languages?! I didn't even know there were 40 different languages.
I'm not a culture snob. I read, watch, and listen to everything. True, I pursue the best of the best, but I also read, watch, and listen to the most popular of the popular. Just to see "what it's all about." Just to try to understand the zeitgeist.
When it comes to books, I not so humbly think that my book "How to Fail" is vastly superior to most.
Based on sales alone, it is most certainly not.
And that's my point exactly.
Does the fact that I hate most all best-sellers yet think my book is better, doom me straight from the get go?
Does one have to generally like the most popular of popular culture to then produce his own super popular culture?
Did Spielberg have to like the American Hollywood hits of the 50s and 60s (as opposed to the more artsy European stuff) in order to become the definitive hit-maker of his era?
Did J.J. Abrams have to worship blockbuster artists like Speilberg--because we know he did--to become the most famous pop producer of his era?
Did J.K. Rowlings have to be inspired by the most famous piece of pop culture ever in order to create the most read book series ever?
(Maybe I should start going the initials route--A.M. Goldfarb. Yeah, that's the ticket.)
Would I write the kind of works that were not just liked, but were gulped up by the idiot masses if I was also a massive idiot that loved all the popular shit?
Or, maybe I just need a movie released to 3000 screens, a TV show aired on CBS, a book given front table placement at the airport newstand. Maybe I need to curse less.
Whatever the case, I'm about to start reading "The Hunger Games" to see what that shit's all about and why it sells like fucking crazy.
Then, I'll keep writing what I like to write.
Popular culture* of recent times I actually liked:
Every Pixar film
"The Dark Knight" & "Inception"
"The Blind Side"
The Millenium Trilogy
"Room" by Emma Donahue
NBC Thursday night comedies
"How I Met Your Mother"
*I defined this as blockbuster movies, highly-watched network TV shows, and best-selling books before any one argues.