An example I always think of is the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing inherently wrong with those books. I think they’re sappy and irritating, full of contrived stories presented as true, but that’s my own opinion.
My work has been included in 10 Chicken Soup collections. Which means that I’ve read 10 Chicken Soup collections (They pay $200 + 10 contributor’s copies, and when I get my box of contributor’s copies, I take one out of the box and read it.) Sure, some of the stories are sappy and contrived. But most are not. (Mine, for instance.) Chicken Soup is a lot like Medium. Some of the writing is appalling. Some is outstanding. It’s a mixed bag. So my opinion of your opinion is that it’s a bit harsh.
That being said, I loved this piece, and your send up of Chicken Soup titles is hilarious (Chicken Soup for the Soul for Pregnant Ferrari Owners!) LOVE it! And the Chicken Soup editors appreciate humor. (Most of my work in their books is funny.) And right now Chicken Soup happens to be looking for funny stories for a new book.
I dare you to submit something! Don’t just complain about the problem — make the Chicken Soup books better by giving the editors the chance to include your writing.
You have nothing to lose but your contempt for a series that millions of people love. And you could end up with $200 + a box of books.)