What do all of the following people have in common?
Margaret Wise Brown
Or some more obvious ones:
Come on. Out with it. What do they all share?
Well, certainly they've all contributed significantly to the literary landscape of our culture. But there is a less obvious connection. Here it is:
John Steinbeck: 96,033 "like"-rs. The Grapes of Wrath: 148,434 "like"-rs.
David Mamet: 4,229 "like"-rs. Glengarry Glen Ross: 27,135 "like"-rs.
Alain Boublil: 67 "like"-rs. Les Miserables: 103,001 "like"-rs.
Junot Diaz: 5,525 "like"-rs The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: 20,129.
Margaret Wise Brown: 555 "like"-rs. Goodnight, Moon: 5173 "like"-rs.
And ready for these?
Stephenie Meyer: 15,377 "like"-rs. The Twilight Saga: 20,392,908 "like"-rs.
J K Rowling: 29,375 "like"-rs. Harry Potter: 22,028,308 "like"-rs.
So, what's the connection? In case you're dumb and can't draw the lines for yourself, let me:
These writers' work is more popular than the writers themselves.^ This, have no doubt, is a sign of greatness.
Oh, and wait. I left someone off the list. As of this posting:
John Michael Manship: 55 "like"-rs.
T: An MBTA Musical, written by John Michael Manship and Melissa Carubia: 56 "like"-rs.
Welcome to the club, me. You may all award me now, artistic powers-that-be. You may also like me.
(Maybe you think I should only get half credit, though, because I didn't write the music or lyrics to "T." Fine. In that case, we'll revisit this conversation when the T! page reaches 111 "like"-rs. You can help.)
^As measured by facebook "like"-rs, the only true way to measure something's popularity. And on a sidenote, let us all give thanks that Harry Potter is still more popular, and therefore more artistically valid, than The Twilight Series . . .