Do you read Dan Brown? I am not embarrassed to say that I read his books and enjoy them very much. I came across an article in the upmarket Daily Telegraph in the U.K. last week which has prompted me to write this post. The article is very funny and worth a read, but it made me think (a not too frequent occurrence).
Every one of his books has been panned by the critics, yet he is now maybe the most commercially successful writers still working (ok, sorry J.K.R, maybe the second most successful one).
The critics have said his work is clumsy, ungrammatical, and repetitive. They say it is full of unnecessary tautology. They ridiculed his use of mixed metaphors and said his imagery is nonsensical.
Many of the same criticisms – and many more - have, rightly, been made of my early work. There have been many times I have been disheartened, and have doubted my own ability to write decent books. Much more qualified and experienced academic writers have pointed out the deficiencies in my work – and they are right. But then, I will get an email or a tweet from someone saying how much they have enjoyed my book, and when will I write another one, or that it would make a good film.
I would not consider myself to be a brilliant writer, but I am well educated, and thoughtful in my work. I do my readers the courtesy of having my books professionally edited and thoroughly checked before I publish – they are discerning customers and this is the very least that any serious writer should do.
I have a law degree, and my writing is, I believe, generally acceptable and readable – I have no illusions – I will never win a literary prize. If I can write books that people enjoy that will be more than enough for me.
If I have to choose between impressing a few critics and giving millions readers an enjoyable reading experience there is no contest.
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Here is the link the the article about Dan Brown I referred to above;
I hope you enjoy the funny pics. Regular readers will be expecting them, I try to just raise a smile or give you a positive thought – I hope it works. No cats this week - they wanted a rest - back next week. See you soon. Arthur Crandon.
Meet the author
Arthur Crandon is a lawyer, the boring office kind, not the exciting (and much better paid) courtroom type. He worked as a solicitor for a while before embarking on an interesting life overseas. He has spent most of his time in recent years in South East Asia, more recently in Hong Kong. Before that, Arthur lived and worked in the Philippine Islands.
He loves to fish, and play the piano – but spends most of his time writing, eating, drinking and sleeping
– usually, but not always, in that order.
His first book, Deadly Election, draws on his strange imagination and his
experiences, together with those of others, in a land that, beneath a veneer of civilisation, operates like the Wild West and is very
dangerous to innocent and gullible foreigners.
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