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The Crone Club is the monthly read!!!!

Wonderful news! The Crone Club has just been accepted as the monthly read for the Boomer Lit group on goodreads! I am so happy and proud. A sincere thank you to everyone who voted for The Crone Club. I am really looking forward to your reviews and comments on my crones.


Does Boomer Lit have the potential to save the book trade?

I added this comment to the Boomer Lit discussions on Goodreads today:

According to an article in the Independent newspaper today “more than 400 bookshops closed in 2012, seven times more than the year before. There are now fewer than 2,000 bookshops in the country, less than half the number of seven years ago. Ebook sales doubled last year, to £261m, while physical book sales fell from £1.51bn in 2012, down from £1.59bn in 2011.” The article ends by making a comparison with the music industry.

It is not mentioned in this article, but the music industry tends to rely a lot these days on its back catalogues, rather than on promoting new and therefore risky genres. It seems to me that is similar to how, at present, literary agents and publishers alike seem to be ignoring Boomer Lit. In fact it seems that they had rather go for ‘Young Adult.’ This is strange as we Boomers are an enormous demographic – now making up around a 29% of the U.S. population and 15% of the UK population – and are far more likely to be found browsing in bookshops than buying e-books. Is it me, or are they missing a really good business opportunity?

What is Boomer Lit?

The Crone Club has been identified as Boomer Lit. Indeed, one of our reviewers Lynn Schneider commented: “This novel is a good reminder that it’s never too late to become what we were meant to be. It’s a good example of baby boomer literature; that just because we reach our later years doesn’t mean we are done just yet.  We have a lot of living to do, and this book allows us to remember that’s possible.”
But what is Boomer Lit exactly? Well, basically Boomer lit supports a social revolution which is now coming over the horizon. We are the Baby Boomers, as in those born between (and including) 1946 and 1964 and our demographic has always been too too big to for anyone to ignore. We now make up about a 29% of the U.S. population and 15% of the UK population. We have always been likely to throw out the rulebook and challenge all the old ideologies. We are already indicating that we are not prepared to conform to society’s expectations of age-appropriate behaviour any more than when we were in our teens. A new genre of Boomer Lit and films is rapidly growing to support the changing aspirations of a generation that is ageing, but not prepared to be counted as out of the game.  This first became noticeable in the cinema with films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Hope Springs and Mama Mia, being produced for the ‘more mature’ audience and at the same time giving employment to brilliant, but ageing actresses.
It is particularly in the new genre of Boomer Lit where the values of our generation are being extolled and reinforced, however.  Literature has always been central to our ideology.  We were always readers and perhaps more than any other generation, we still are. While our formative years were influenced by such big events of the sixties as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the rise of the Beatles, the Vietnam War, the deaths of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, books such as Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Robert A. Heinlein’s Stanger in a Strange Land, Robert M. Prisig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance arguably made a bigger impact on our consciousness. They inspired us to want to make more meaningful lives for ourselves than it appeared we were offered. This thinking led us to revolt against the rigid, structures of society of the time and the differential attitudes of our militarised fathers.
However, Boomer Lit is not certainly not about extolling our triumphs in the past.  Neither is it intended as a nostalgia trip into the wonders of our youth – dreams of yesterday.  Life is not going to stop for us at 60, anymore than it stopped in the 60s.
We were the generation that was going to change the world, but we got side tracked.  Life swallowed up our dreams, but now we’ve got the time to finish the job we started, the way has opened up for us once again and perhaps for the last time.  Possibilities beckon.  Many of us are just as minded to refuse to obey the ‘rules’ when it comes to facing encroaching retirement, marginalisation and old age as we were in our teen years.  We certainly intend to have a lot more fun before we leave the stage.
Just like before there is a need for literature to support our changing values and beliefs, to help us to search once again for ‘meaning’ and go forward into a positive ‘can do’  future.  No wonder there is a growing demand for Boomer Lit.

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