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Literary critics are concerned by a recent trend in book

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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
four321zero wrote:
Sorry but I'm still lost about the confusing wording of option D.

It says include the sales revenue of "genre books" ......... other than the ones in "genre category"

What is the difference between genre books and genre category books? Could somebody explain?


Here is what the argument and options tell you:

Fiction has 3 sub categories:
Genre (the popcorn fare),
Classics (High Lit value),
Others (Option D introduces this sub category)

The argument goes on to tell you that
the sales of genre books have increased dramatically over the last five years.
An analysis shows that the ratio of titles in the classic category:genre category has decreased over 5 yrs.
Average sales per title in the genre category have increased greatly over the last five years.

Critics fear that if current trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books

The question is "will genre books dominate the market for fiction books"? How do we find this out?

D. Find the sales revenues over the last five years both for genre books and for fiction books other than those in the genre or classic literature categories.

Find sales revenue over last 5 yrs for "genre books" and for "fiction other than genre or classic".
In other words, find sales revenue over last 5 yrs for "genre books" and for "others".

The point is that critics fear that genre will dominate fiction category. The argument compares genre sub category with classic sub category but gives no info on 'others' sub category which falls within fiction. When we don't know the role of 'others' in fiction, how can we say that 'genre' will dominate the fiction category?

With this information, read the argument and option (D) again. Does it make sense now?

VeritasPrepKarishma
Hi Karishma . Nice explanation
i just have one doubt .
the argument goes on
Literary critics are concerned by a recent trend in book publishing. The sales of genre books——lowbrow fare, such as romance novels, that critics contend have little literary value— —— have increased dramatically over the last five years. In fact, an analysis of the books stocked in bookstores shows that the ratio of titles in the classic literature category ——which includes books with high literary value by such authors as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, and Faulkner——to titles in the genre category has decreased over the same period. In addition, average sales per title in the genre category have increased greatly over the last five years. Critics fear that if current trends continue, genre books will dominate the market for fiction books, signaling a lamentable decrease in the quality of literature to which the average reader is exposed

The whole argument is concerned with the deplorable condition the quality of literature will be because of the decrease in sales of classic category and increase in sales of interesting time killing genre books.
If i have to evaluate as the question stem says will genre book dominate the market of fiction books
Certainly as you stated the "" others "" category i will go for it. What if someone else creeps around and makes the mess even bigger by increasing its sales.
But as far as the term Revenue is concerned this destroys my hopes of choosing answer D.
l. Given the inherent increase in the popuarity of "" other genre books "" the publishers decided that lets
increase the price of books to make more profit , but other fiction books remain same .Same can be true for all fiction books.The sales of the books remain the same .
Then how can we evaluate the argument? Revenue has definitely changed, but not because of the sales of any particular category book has increased or decreased ((( affecting the quality of literature))but because of the change in unit price of a book
Revenue is dependent on both the total sales and the unit price of any book. If revenue has increased it can connote both the increase in the sales ((keeping unit price constant)) or the the increase in unit price (( keeping sales constant))
please correct me if i am wrong .
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