Reality books2:05 PM
Are books turning into reality shows?
On my last year in college I got a chance to do something I hadn’t done for a while: to read modern, recent books. During the previous three I concentrated on reading old, classic books which I easily found on the library.
Something that all these books have in common is the fact that they present explicit sexual content in their narratives. Of course several classical books contain that (Madame Bovary comes to mind). The difference is that these books contain explicit, frequent and more hard core descriptions than we’re used to seeing in older books. Disgrace's first line is: “For a man of his age, fifty-two, divorced, he has to his mind, solved the problem of sex rather well.”
My question is if this is something writers are doing to catch readers’ attention. Just like movie directors know that “sex sells”, writers could be assuming that readers can no longer stand three pages without some action.
Is it a consequence from the fact that our society is overly sexualized? Or an influence from Tv and movies that started representing everything in a reality show style, where everything must be shown, where nothing is taboo anymore?
All this is rather important because I’ve always thought that despite the imminent degradation of Tv and movies, literature would always be safeguarded. Apparently it’s not.
What do you think? Are the expectations of a reader becoming more similar to the ones from a reality show audience? Did you notice this trend in other books as well?