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potboiler

A piece of creative work, especially a book, created solely for quick financial gain by appealing to widespread, popular opinions and taste, as opposed to striving for any artistic integrity or merit. She's been able to crank out two to three potboilers a year, which has given her the financial freedom to pursue her true passion—sculpting. When I'm stretched out on the beach, the only thing I have the patience to read is a trashy potboiler that doesn't require any emotional investment on my part.

pot boiler

n. a book or other literary work of no value except for the money it earns. I can write one pot boiler every six months or so.
See also: boiler, pot
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The anthology film might fail to impress fans of commercial pot boilers but if viewers want to watch something different this summer, they can try "Chandamama Kathalu." Although there are loopholes in the film, it is worth watching once.
I find that the main function of a library is to inform and entertain, hence their directive to stock up on the latest pot boilers like Fifty Shades of Grey to meet public demand - the same title you can buy for pennies at a jumble sale.
With titles like Zinda Laash (1967) directed by Khwaja Sarfaraz, Zibahkhana (2007) by Omar Ali Khan and Aurat Raj (1979) by Rangila, the films promise to be entertaining pot boilers and they will be screened at the deconstructed site of the currently under renovation Khoj premises in Kirkee.
Even though most of the movies made during this time were pot boilers, they were nonetheless a means to compete with the western media.
She bangs on about all the old pot boilers that everbody refers to when they have some complaint to make about our church.
When an Amazon Web Services data center lost power early Wednesday, the company wrote about the unfolding event with the brevity and tension of one its bestselling pot boilers.<p>Our anonymous author, who we'll call Sysadmin, begins his story simply, without emotional complications and love interests.<p>"We are investigating connectivity issues for instances in the US-EAST-1 region," Sysadmin writes on Amazon's operations status board at 1:08 a.m.
WHEN it comes to pot boilers they don't come any better than Hansel And Gretel - today's FREE Ladybird book.
In books, as in the kitchen, the argument goes, women churn out a simple fare of pot boilers while men finesse their creations like great chefs.
For the dethroned king of the one-liners who used to dazzle us all with his masterly comic timing, it has come down to playing family men in distinctly ordinary pot boilers.