So. Snooki. She's on this show:
And she wrote this book:
And she's now officially a New York Times Bestselling Author.
Many people hate this. Others don't seem to mind.
Those who do mind say Snooki doesn't deserve to be a NYT Bestselling Author. Their arguments are:
a) she didn't write the book herself
b) she's taking another (real) writer's spot on the list
c) she's Snooki
I, folks, have zero problems with Snooki being an author. My argument is:
a) young adults are reading
They're caring about books. They're not just focusing on what their teachers assign in class. They're going to the store and buying books that are relevant to pop culture, whether adults are familiar with that pop culture or not. Or whether that pop culture is worthy of emulation or not.
If you say you hate the fact that Snooki's a Bestselling author, I interpret that in two ways:
a) you think teens should be reading better books, such as the ones you write
b) you think you're a better writer than Snooki
If that's the case, I have a tip for you: keep writing.
If you are a better writer than Snooki, that means you'll get a book deal. Because if she did it, so will you, right? Someday your book will be on shelves. Young adults will be buying your book. They will be choosing it over the classics they call boring and hard to read. You will show the world what real quality writing is. That teens are wasting their time reading books by people who drink and have sex on TV.
Is that why you want to get published?
Don't you think people will say the same thing about your book when (if) it hits shelves?
Aren't literary fiction writers against YA because they think it's not quality fiction? That it's what you do before taking writing seriously, like playing pretend until you're good enough?
Alas, the cycle of snob life continues...