Why is "art" so much more important that entertainment? It's not likely a crime novel is going to change the world, or a readers perceptions. A romance novel isn't about a helping the reader along on a journey of self discovery. It's there to provide some joy; a bit of fun. Why is that less important than art? As an entertainer, I make people happy. I find there to be genuine value in what I do. I don't need to fill my ego with delusions that I'm doing anything more than that. My fantasy novels are not deep or insightful. There is no lesson to be learned. They're exciting and a thrill for the reader (at least that's the goal). I'll leave the art to the literary fiction writers. They care more about being clever than I do.
IMO, artist vs. entertainer is a false dichotomy. We can do all the things art is supposed to while entertaining people. We can make them think, make them feel, touch their lives, etc. Maybe I'm pretentious, but once I start my book, it's not about me or about art or about entertaining. It's about the characters. They're the ones in charge.
Screenwriter, director, author, songwriters - they are all entertainers, artists, creative people. I think authors seem to seperate themselves too much from other forms of the entertainment industry and so they make their work more precious, more valuable. Maybe that's why authors get blocked from creating more than any other entertainer/creative person.
Screenwriters, directors, songwriters and singers make people think and feel too. A song can change the way you look at the world or make you feel happier. There are songs that make people weep. Maybe the song reminds you of a person or a period in your life.
I agree with everything This way down
said. Most of the mega bestselling fiction books over the last few years, have not changed the world. They are not teaching anything. The one thing most of the mega bestsellers have in common is that they entertain a lot of people.
Books, films, tv shows, an album of great songs can give people some escape from the problems in their lives, give them a break from the constant grind of life (work, bills, debt, cook, clean etc.....)
I don't see it as:Authors in this corner Everyother entertainer/creative person in another corner