Literary phenomenon put in a tag line != Fantastic work of Literature . I think the failing here is how you choose to take the praise the series received.
I don't get your point mostly because you have barely made one.
Many amazing books have come out along WITH Twilight. Books that get no where near as much praise.
Right , so you're upset because Twilight has gotten more media time than some more literary novels ? When has this not been the case ? In fact outside outside of whatever is the latest pop-culture craze ( Twilight , Brown , Harry Potter etc) when do books ever get much mainstream media attention.
Those who would be interested in those other novels will either know about them or more likely at least know where to find out about them.
I believe that the vast majority would never read period. These people wouldn't be reading 'serious literature 101' if Twilight never existed. So their purchase of Twilight means nothing to me, because hell a few of them might learn that reading is something they enjoy and move on to other authors and genres, and if they don't ? Then yeah who cares, the bazzilion copies they all bought WILL allow publishers to give that little start up author a break, or take a risk on a book that they know wont have mass market appeal.So the main argument is 'Heck, these people are reading!'
'But they'll never read again...'
Is that not a contridiction?
Okay, look, the way it is. If you have no friends, at all, if all you want is to be part of a social circle, and thus you accsept the first group of people to want you it doesn't make it right. They might still be shallow, petty, useing assholes.
I'm just, personally, not a person to accept things because 'at least you've got friends/at least they're reading.'
Books like Twilight have their place in the industry, they are integral to the industries survival . I have never read a Meyer novel , and have no real desire to change that. I don't however feel the need to rage over it's success or make assumptions about it's readership.
Why don't you give us an example of a book you think deserved praise , but maybe didn't receive it or the sales you think it deserved. I'm not arguing that Twilight is some amazing work of literature , but I don't think that it it and its ilk never existed that millions would flock to 'serious' fiction.