I agree the depth and richness is a lot more present in classical writing… but not always. Not all of the books by the Bronte sisters were actually that great. Trashbin fantasy, action, romance and drama are often all that give writers any semblance of income. You talk about it like they want to though, like they had any choice! Its actually wrong. You just sound like you don't follow any of the up-to-date lit being released. It really doesn't sound like you read Elena Ferrante either, my god
Anyway those financial decisions and judgements spill over into film too. No surprise there. How exactly do you expect people who want to write good things to do that with no money??? Do you know the kind of financial cliffs film studios and writers regularly find themselves sitting on and how many typically go under ??? Do you realize how many studios and production houses have been lost since 2000?! It is an inconcievable undertaking to do what they do. It's not like a writer says to herself ond day "hmm i want to make garbage" the forces of the market are bigger than you. You either sell out or you have the skill if .0001% of the population to go big or go home.
If you actually went back in time though you'd be surprised by how surrounded you would be by dumb media. Most people were not brilliant writers or cinematographers no matter what decade you're looking at. The 20s, 30s, 40s , 50s, had awful movies. They were just forgotten. Its the sane for bad novels, the only ones that got reprinted and remembered were the acclaimed ones. People in general are kind of shallow and dumb and it is a fucking MIRACLE a lot of your classical books got made at all.
They would have been bombarded with mountains of rejection simply because they weren't trash books. Look at where it got Poe, and look at how Chambers just stopped trying. He went right back to making crap! It was virtually impossible to make money writing books like that and it still is.
It's like opening up your own veins and letting yourself bleed out to have passion. What the fuck do you expect?? but especially back in the day, when people were simply unaccepting and hostile towards anything that wasn't white and Christian.
You have no fucking clue how many of those books you love are only here by the sheer grace of God.
You know how hard it is to decide to write a series even as overhyped and "stupid" as HP though? People talk about it like it's garbage but where do most writers end up? Spurned or broke or both. Just consider yourself lucky you have any of it for Christ's sake. Or hey maybe all the writers and artists who barely scrape by could listen to your bitching for once and stop bothering. You would like that? If Voltaire did that you wouldn't have shit though would you op?? Holy Lol if all writers stopped God knows people would bitch about that too.