The huge popularity of the bestselling book The Secret has triggered a backlash. Publishers Weekly reports that at least three books debunking Rhonda Byrne’s book will be published in the coming months, with more to come. It brings to mind the skeptical reaction to The Da Vinci Code. When the movie was released last year, there were 35 anti-DVC books on the market.
The Secret looks like The Next Big Thing in spiritual publishing. “We’ve been flooded with proposals for Christian ‘response’ books, and most of them aren’t very interesting or good,” said Joel Fotinos, director of religious publishing for the Penguin Group and publisher for its Tarcher imprint. “We’ve also been flooded with proposals all saying they are the next Secret, and most of those haven’t been that good either.”