Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
Do bestselling novels stifle author creativity?
Something I’ve been thinking about lately is how competitive getting published is. Novelists who want to write a "less accessible" kind of story may find themselves struggling with finding an audience, or even an interested agent. Meanwhile, the list of national bestsellers is filled with novels that, generally, play it safe. For instance, The Girl on the Train is regarded in its promotional material as another Gone Girl. Would the former have been written the way it was or even be written at all if the latter didn’t precede it? Are the heavily publicized novels becoming too homogeneous? And how is this reflected across genres?