Best Sellers -- Expectations
In your experience are so-called 'Best Sellers' in books usually as good as they are proclaimed to be? Half the time? 75% or 90% of the time? Or do you barely have any luck at all with them?
I am curious. I am very susceptible to suggestion, perhaps because I am always hopeful that a best seller will turn out to be as special as blurb-writers and reviewers say. All right, blurbs probably should be accepted only with skepticism -- after all they are written to entice book buyers and readers. But what about reviews . . . are they more trustworthy? Professional reviews may not be! Non-professional ones might be more honest . . . but perhaps not.
Your opinions, please, with examples of when you've been delighted or when you've thought a best seller must be the product of mass hypnosis, will be interesting to me!