View Single Post
Old 03-18-2013, 08:01 AM   #10
cromag
Surfing the alpha waves ~
cromag ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cromag ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cromag ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cromag ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cromag ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cromag ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cromag ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cromag ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cromag ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cromag ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cromag ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
cromag's Avatar
 
Posts: 5,478
Karma: 19983136
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: New Jersey
Device: Jetbook Lite, Jetbook Mini, Netbook, and two Androids
My first answer was going to be, "Books got cheaper." But in reading the list I think your choice of 1977 as the "edge" makes the break between "literary fiction" and "mass market genre fiction" seem sharper than it may actually be. Bestsellers prior to 1977 include Love Story, Portnoy's Complaint, Valley of the Dolls, etc.

Still, I'm comfortable with the idea that paperbacks became more affordable and readers had (a little) more discretionary reading time from the 1960s on.
cromag is offline   Reply With Quote