The media, as it is a mass-produced, mass-circulation endeavor, concerns itself with accessibility in literature and its connection to its readership. If the average reader of The Guardian can't understand a particular work of fiction, than The Guardian, in the interest of its readership, is apt to forego it in favor of another, more accessible title. While there certainly exist nuanced and talented book critics writing for the major news outlets, bestselling lists are indicative of the most accessible tastes of the fiction-reading public.
American media giant Oprah Winfrey publishes a highly-circulated book list called Oprah's Book Club. Books appearing on the Oprah's Book Club list have several characteristics in common: many address the 'feminine condition', the lives of Black women, and they all are emotionally and culturally substantial. ...Show more