Bestsellers used to be a benchmark for the most fluent, flowing and awesomely, painstakingly crafted books. Register to remove this ad It is not so now. The era of the Bestsellers That Are Objectively Good Books ended with Harry Potter, and started with Twilight. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a Twilight basher. In fact, I like Twilight, but if you look at it with an impartial eye, although it's a good read the author simply has not much skill. She is a good storyteller, but not a good writer. The bestseller quality just continued to plummet like a screaming man falling off a cliff. And just as the man will inevitably die, the bestsellers will eventually become so low that it's simply not worth reading them at all. Take a look at the one current New York Times Bestsellers:Shades of Gray. Interesting name, I thought at first. Wonder what it's about? Probably something to do with colors. It turns out the name was the most interesting part of the book. I glanced through the sample of the book-the first 66 pages-and was immediately repulsed by the cliches and the random breaking of core writing rules(there are very few writers who would have the audacity to repeatedly state outright the protagonist's feelings, disregarding show don't tell). I am worried about this. Discuss and comment.