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Bring on the Books for Everybody by Jim  Collins
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Jul 19, 2010

really liked it

Collins takes a film/English professor's eye to contemporary reading culture, exploring the development of what he calls the "cineliterary" and, later, "lit-lit." He argues that a new form of popular literary culture has emerged around the aesthetics of reading, from the Kindle to Miramax adaptation films to Oprah's Book Club. This new culture has made books about books and 'literary novels' into a new kind of genre fiction with its own rules and expectations. All in all a great piece of scholarship.
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