This is something that's puzzled me a lot lately. It's difficult to phrase it in a way that doesn't seem dismissive to memoir writers but... why is there apparently such a market for memoirs? When I was searching for agents nearly all the UK ones specified which categories of memoir they accepted (illness survivors, war veterans, etc) and plenty in the US accept them too. I don't think I've ever seen anyone read a memoir unless celebrity autobiographies count as memoir. I don't know anybody who reads them. I've never read one. It doesn't bother me that there seems to be a big market for them, I just don't understand it. Does anyone here read them? I'm interested to hear why they interest you. This is just idle curiosity--I'm not planning to write a memoir. I mean jeez, I had to do a 2,000 word assignment about a 'significant event' in my life and it took me four months to think of one.