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  •  It's one of the weird things about being a writer (13+ / 0-)

    Talent and cool ideas sometimes don't cut it. If they did, Herman Melville would have been the most successful writer in the history of writing, instead of essentially giving it up to become a customs inspector for the City of New York because he couldn't make a dime at the writing game.

    I haven't read any of the 50 Shades books. Nor have I read any of Dan Brown's books. I don't read Stephen King anymore, either. Though his abilities as a prose stylist are second to none, his stories have become, well, ludicrous to my eyes. Rabid dogs, giant spiders, and gypsy curses only go so far with me. That said, I would still recommend Salem's Lot, Green Mile, and the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption to anyone. I wish he'd give up horror for good. If he wrote a science fiction novel, I'd read it. If he wrote a mystery novel or a romance novel or a fantasy novel, I'd read those, too.

    As to J.K. Rowlings, unlike King, I don't find her particularly inspiring. I read one of her Harry Potter books. Because I'm well-read in fantasy, I found it to be very derivative. Her prose is flat and uninspiring. I'm frankly astounded that a brilliant writer like Nahoko Uehashi could get only two of her Moribito books published in the USA. Even in translation, her talent as storyteller outshines Rowlings.

    I personally know George RR Martin, though he might no longer remember me, since we were introduced by the late jan howard finder back around 1980. I really like the guy, but for the life of me, I just don't get the appeal of Song of Fire and Ice. I've read two of the novels in the series, and I just don't understand why people like them.

    But hey, I do algebra problems for fun, so I'm not the be-all-end-all of what constitutes popular taste.

    So here we are back at the beginning. What succeeds and fails in fiction baffles and confounds me. I really like Melville, by the way.

    Join Essa in a revolt against the gods. Continue the fight, Causality.

    by rbird on Sat Mar 22, 2014 at 06:49:09 PM PDT

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