The end of the world didn’t come a few days ago, but to some it may be here today – what will the world be like without a daily dose of Oprah? I admit to looking for Oprah’s favorite picks – knowing that a team of publicists and fashionistas were probably picking for her; some were useful (best running shoes, sheets, bras); other were probably hurt more by her endorsement (weight-loss programs), but I resisted watching her TV show.
As for her “book club,” after reading the first few in her series – The Deep End of the Ocean and She’s Come Undone – I noticed a pattern, and actually avoided books with the Oprah imprimatur. When Jonathan Franzen refused her endorsement for Corrections, I cheered; when James Frey confessed over A Million Little Pieces, I laughed.
Nevertheless, when I found a complete list of books on the Oprah Book List, I had read some, not knowing.
Regardless of anyone’s opinion, or maybe because of every woman’s opinion, Oprah became a successful franchise, and her influence was hard to avoid.