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View Poll Results: Do you read or avoid books recommended by Oprah Winfrey?
I avoid the book specifically based on her recommendation. 38 24.36%
I read the book specifically based on her recommendation. 3 1.92%
Who is Oprah Winfrey? 19 12.18%
I read books interesting to me regardless of whether Oprah recommended or not 96 61.54%
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Old 12-25-2008, 12:15 AM   #1
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Do you read or avoid books recommended by Oprah Winfrey?

As you may know, talk show host Oprah Winfrey has a book club. She is widely credited with the ability to convince her audience to buy any book she recommends. She's even the likely cause of the Kindle being sold out over Christmas.

There is also a group of readers who specifically avoid any book she recommends. Me, for instance. I thought it would be interesting to find out what everyone thinks: whether you have a positive, negative, or ambivalent response to her.
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Old 12-25-2008, 12:24 AM   #2
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I guess you can add another option such as 'I read books interesting to me regardless of whether Oprah recommended or not'
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Old 12-25-2008, 12:29 AM   #3
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I guess you can add another option such as 'I read books interesting to me regardless of whether Oprah recommended or not'
You have my vote .
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Old 12-25-2008, 12:32 AM   #4
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Old 12-25-2008, 12:48 AM   #5
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It is interesting if she recommended Sony reader sony will be discontinued before Xmas too?
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Old 12-25-2008, 02:33 AM   #6
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I'd rather gnaw off my leg-with the use of anesthesia!

Really! All anyone has to do is state that Oprah categorically recommends a book - I'm hurling my cookies within minutes of hearing that statement. In my not so humble opinion, Oprah Whine-ful has single-handedly set back the cause of reading by 1,000 years.

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Old 12-25-2008, 05:12 AM   #7
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I voted for "Who is Oprah Winfrey?", although I must confess I more or less know who she is, I've been hearing her mentioned in TV shows and commedies for some years, but you must understand that here in Spain she's not relevant at all
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Old 12-25-2008, 05:17 AM   #8
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What on earth convinced Oprah that she had great taste in books mystifies me.
Whatever the price of a book was before it debuts on Oprah's show, it's a safe bet that it will increase after she has gushed about it.
I should imagine that there are a lot of authors who give a little prayer for "O Pray" to give it an airing.
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Old 12-25-2008, 06:05 AM   #9
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I do tend to avoid books Oprah has recommended. There are too many other books to read anyway. So it's no loss to not read what she says is good.
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Old 12-25-2008, 06:14 AM   #10
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I am unfamiliar with the lady (other than the knowledge that she is an American "chat show" hostess), but I would say that if she gets a lot of people to read books who would otherwise not have done so, that can only be a good thing, regardless of her taste in books.
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I am unfamiliar with the lady (other than the knowledge that she is an American "chat show" hostess), but I would say that if she gets a lot of people to read books who would otherwise not have done so, that can only be a good thing, regardless of her taste in books.
Most of the people (lemmings) who read what she recommends already read. What's happening is that they are then reading what she recommends which is not always (IMHO) worth reading.
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I really can't do it. Actually I tend to steer clear of anything with some kind of "Such and Such Recommends" unless it sounds interesting. But considering I have so much to read, I doubt I'm missing much.
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Old 12-25-2008, 11:56 AM   #13
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I don't pay any attention to Oprah -- in fact, I've never seen her show (of course, her show would be very low on my list to consume the hour of TV a year I watch) -- but I view her recommendations like I view the recommendations of the book reviewers whose columns I read: if the book appears to be interesting, I'll read it; otherwise, I ignore it. In Oprah's case I can't say that I have ever read any of the "modern" novels she has recommended. I rarely read nonfiction, with the exception of SciFi/Fantasy and some of the "classics"; most of my reading is nonfiction.

Here is something to think about -- at least those of us who read nonfiction and are in our downside of the life cycle: Why read to expand our knowledge when soon it won't make any difference what we know or don't know?
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Old 12-25-2008, 12:08 PM   #14
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I voted for "Who is Oprah?" - I know of her, sort of - I know she's an American chat show host, and I suppose the UK equivilent would be Richard and Judy (who are also chat show hosts and run a book club). I picked that option rather than the "I read books interesting to me regardless of whether Oprah recommended or not" because, to me, that would imply I at least pay some attention to what she recommends, and I can honestly say I haven't got the foggiests. Same with Richard and Judy - although I was horrifed once in WH Smiths to find out I had spent enough, according to the till display, to get myself a free Richard and Judy - pointed this out to the very fed up seeming shop assistant and had him doubled up with laughter. We both knew it meant book, of course, but the idea of getting a free chat show hosting couple was rather absurd.
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I don't understand people categorically avoiding these books just because she recommends them. Some of these books were written long before Oprah got to them. I remember two Canadian authors (Anne-Marie McDonald and Rohinton Mistry) who were quite popular already here in Canada for years before Oprah found them. To say 'I avoid Toni Morrison because Oprah recommended her' is silly---Toni Morrison is a Nobel prize winner and was famous long before Oprah got to her, just as Anne-Marie McDonald was read in university literature classes in Canada for a good couple years before Oprah read her book.
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