2 B ReadSeveral years ago my sister-in-law gave me a movie with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell titled Overboard and said, "I don't know why movies like this don't win Academy Awards."
Good observation. I have since watched the movie several times -- as has my son. We love it. It has pathos, romance, and humor. After several watchings, it never fails to coax a giggle. ("I used to be short...AND fat?") I'm not plugging my last (October) book here because it's already long out of print. But the head buyer for a national book chain wrote to tell me my One Golden Ring was the best book she'd read in a very long time. Readers felt the same way. It was one of those "warm fuzzy reads" they read over and over. It did have pathos, romance, and some humor. Most of the reviewers gave it very high ratings, except one prominent one that only gave it 4 stars. It won a few awards. Awards judged mostly by readers.
It did not do especially well in the stringently judged Rita competition scored by my peers, nor did I expect it to. Just like Overboard didn't win any Academy Awards. It wasn't particularly fresh in treatment or innovative in plot.
Does your taste coincide with films/books praised by critics? What are YOUR qualifications for a keeper pile?