EL James wins all the things
One thing that’s important to note about the Fifty Shades trilogy is that it continues to connect with people who claim they are not regular readers. Historically, this tends to be the case with massive hits: the same was said of the Harry Potter books, the Twilight Saga, and the Hunger Games[…]
Although publishers have long watched as books become successful for reasons ranging from quality or timeliness to the benefit of a big-budget marketing push, they still don’t know the magic that will connect readers with their content. And Fifty Shades, which bypassed the traditional channels to find its initial readership, makes a bold statement about what happens when the audience can lay claim to the discovery process.Other notables from the awards ceremony: Hilary Mantel also continues to win all the things, capping the year that saw her become the first woman to gain a second Booker Prize with a second win as UK author of the year. Eowyn Ivey won international author of the year for her widely beloved The Snow Child (and made moot that weird decision to nominate Patrick DeWitt for The Sister Brothers, even though he was up for a Booker for the same novel in 2011). It was a big night for TV stars, with Miranda Hart, David Walliams and the Hairy Bikers all scooping various prizes. Ian Rankin, meanwhile, was presented with an outstanding achievement award for his contribution to literature, no doubt due to the bump in credibility given him by the tireless work of certain academics, cough cough.
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