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Bestsellers are the books that sell well, are read by large numbers of people, and are widely talked about in the media and among readers. Yet there has been little research on the creation, reception, and cultural and social significance of bestsellers. Recognizing that popular narratives play an important role in the lives of millions of readers, Hype a€“ Bestsellers and Literary Culture looks closely at the literature so many people read. As global market phenomena, situated in between the power spheres of producers and consumers, bestsellers also highlight the interdependency of culture, market, and the individual. This volume addresses such diverse questions as the creation of hype, the role and the meaning of the author in the presentday media landscape, changes in the book trade, historical perspectives on bestselling literature, and the relationship between bestsellers and literary research.An example of this, albeit not one of the bestsellers considered here, is George R. R. Martina#39;s books in the series, or rather the ... of Ice and Fire (1996a€“, the sixth book is forthcoming), which has been made into a celebrated television series, Game of Thrones (2011a€“). ... newest delivery system for format narrativesa#39;?27 Evidence for this development is Amazona#39;s launch in 2012 of Kindle Serials as way toanbsp;...

Author: Jon Helgason, Sara Kärrholm, Ann Steiner
Publisher:Nordic Academic Press - 2014-08-11

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