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  1. nabero

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    Hey guys,

    I'm working on a paper and I'm wondering if some of your could give me your thoughts on a topic. It's not related to photography...at all...but I thought what the heck, maybe some of you have an opinion. I'll post a short survey here...please feel free to take it! Post it as a reply to this thread, or send it to me in a private message. If I can get as many of these as possible (I'm passing these out in person as well) hopefully I can use the results in my paper!

    Thanks :hail:
    Nabero


    Before this survey, had you heard of the Oprah Book Club?
    __Yes
    __No



    Have you ever read a book because it was recommended by the Oprah Book Club?
    __Yes
    __No




    If yes, how many books have you read per the recommendation of the Oprah Book Club?
    __1-5
    __5-10
    __15-25
    __25+



    James Frey’s memoir “A Million Little Pieces” became controversial after being listed on Oprah’s Book Club. Have you heard of this incident and has it changed the way you perceive Frey’s work?
    __Yes, I’ve heard about it but it doesn’t bother me.
    __Yes, I’ve heard about it and it bothers me.
    __No, I haven’t heard about it.
    Please Explain:



    What are your overall impressions of the Oprah Book Club?
    __Positive
    __Neutral
    __Negative
    Please Explain:
     
  2. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I haven't heard from you in forever.. how have you been?
     
  4. nabero

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    Hey! I've been doing pretty well (most of the time anyway). You?


    Thanks you guys! :hug::
     
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    Before this survey, had you heard of the Oprah Book Club?
    __Yes
    __No
    yes


    Have you ever read a book because it was recommended by the Oprah Book Club?
    __Yes
    __No
    no



    If yes, how many books have you read per the recommendation of the Oprah Book Club?
    __1-5
    __5-10
    __15-25
    __25+
    n/a


    James Frey’s memoir “A Million Little Pieces” became controversial after being listed on Oprah’s Book Club. Have you heard of this incident and has it changed the way you perceive Frey’s work?
    __Yes, I’ve heard about it but it doesn’t bother me.
    __Yes, I’ve heard about it and it bothers me.
    __No, I haven’t heard about it.
    Please Explain:
    Yes, I’ve heard about it but it doesn’t bother me

    It's a book for goodness sake. I believe the final verdict was that most of the responsibility lies on the publisher to determine what genre a book should be classified under. Perhaps the author should have been more adamant that it was not 100% the truth -I don't know. I haven't read his book but it is on a list of 'to reads' regardless of that incidence.



    What are your overall impressions of the Oprah Book Club?
    __Positive
    __Neutral
    __Negative
    Please Explain:
    Neutral.
     
  6. Mitica100

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    I wish I could explain better but she is not someone who gets my attention while watching TV.
     
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    i read a book she recommended and i HATED it. i thought i'd give it a try before i made a judgment. i read an anita shrieve book called the pilot's wife. at least, thats what i think it was called. holy moly did i want to hurt myself as the book went on. it was interesting for a bit, but the turn it took made no sense and was dumb and led to more dumb things which led to feelings and more feelings and more feelings. and really, who cares. i find most books written for the middle-aged female demographic to be sappy and boring and a waste of time.
     
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    Thank you all for your replies! They're all very interesting :)

    Oprah's Book Club has had a huge influence over publishing (at least in the United States), but the idea I get from most people is that they really don't care about it. How so many people can not care about it and these books still sell in absurd numbers is pretty baffling (or interesting if you're me haha).

    I'd love to get more responses! It only takes a minute :) Thanks!!
     
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    Before this survey, had you heard of the Oprah Book Club?
    _X_Yes
    __No



    Have you ever read a book because it was recommended by the Oprah Book Club?
    _X_Yes
    __No




    If yes, how many books have you read per the recommendation of the Oprah Book Club?
    __1-5
    _X_5-10
    __15-25
    __25+



    James Frey’s memoir “A Million Little Pieces” became controversial after being listed on Oprah’s Book Club. Have you heard of this incident and has it changed the way you perceive Frey’s work?
    _X_Yes, I’ve heard about it but it doesn’t bother me.
    __Yes, I’ve heard about it and it bothers me.
    __No, I haven’t heard about it.
    Please Explain:



    What are your overall impressions of the Oprah Book Club?
    _X_Positive
    __Neutral
    __Negative
    Please Explain: I enjoy reading, and Oprah has good taste in books. I have read quite a few books that got put on her list after I read them. I don't read the 'self help' type books though.
     
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    Before this survey, had you heard of the Oprah Book Club?
    X Yes
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    Have you ever read a book because it was recommended by the Oprah Book Club?
    __Yes
    X No




    If yes, how many books have you read per the recommendation of the Oprah Book Club?
    __1-5
    __5-10
    __15-25
    __25+



    James Frey’s memoir “A Million Little Pieces” became controversial after being listed on Oprah’s Book Club. Have you heard of this incident and has it changed the way you perceive Frey’s work?
    __Yes, I’ve heard about it but it doesn’t bother me.
    X Yes, I’ve heard about it and it bothers me.
    __No, I haven’t heard about it.
    Please Explain:



    What are your overall impressions of the Oprah Book Club?
    __Positive
    X Neutral
    __Negative
    Please Explain:[/quote]

    Couldn't care less about her choices and what she likes, though I do find it sad/interesting/irritating that the second she gives something her stamp of approval that it jumps to the top of the charts.
     
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    Before this survey, had you heard of the Oprah Book Club?
    _x_Yes
    __No



    Have you ever read a book because it was recommended by the Oprah Book Club?
    __Yes
    _x_No




    If yes, how many books have you read per the recommendation of the Oprah Book Club?
    __1-5
    __5-10
    __15-25
    __25+
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    James Frey’s memoir “A Million Little Pieces” became controversial after being listed on Oprah’s Book Club. Have you heard of this incident and has it changed the way you perceive Frey’s work?
    __Yes, I’ve heard about it but it doesn’t bother me.
    __Yes, I’ve heard about it and it bothers me.
    _x_No, I haven’t heard about it.
    Please Explain:



    What are your overall impressions of the Oprah Book Club?
    __Positive
    _x_Neutral
    __Negative
    Please Explain:
     

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