The what of fiction?

I’ve discovered another blog, The Tart of Fiction, subtitle "the sour thoughts of a literary bitch. And some sweet ones too." The author calls herself "Fiction Bitch" and lives in Manchester, UK.

Here’s an extract from one of her postings:

"This is the marketing philosophy behind the fiction-publishing industry now: identify an acknowledged need and answer it, give the public what they recognise and think they want, tap into established habit.

No one seems to have noticed that NOVELS ARE NOT SPAGHETTI SPOONS! Novels are ideas, language, emotions, stories you don’t know you want before you read them and they enter your life for ever; literature is about surprise and enlightenment as well as recognition, and sometimes about CHANGING PEOPLE’S MINDS!"

(link via the Grumpy Old Bookman’s weekend round-up)