Dan Brown was interviewed in Time magazine last week, revealing that one of his favourite books as a kid was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time.
Mine too. And I’m prepared to bet it’s also one of yours.
Being fuelled as a kid by good literature – of which L’Engle’s book was archetypal – is one of the key ingredients of writing as an adult.
Brown also revealed that a good deal of planning goes into his books.
That’s pretty obvious to me on reading them. You couldn’t do what he does without it. He has the structure down pat – spot on. And planning’s essential even for writers who like to flow consciousness. I’ve been blogging about the need to plan, and have some more posts to come. Check ‘em out
But there’s a third ingredient. Style. And that, alas, is where Brown falls flat. His style isn’t just bad, it’s chokingly inept. Mind blowingly awful. So is some of his research.
The fact that his books still sell like hotcakes suggests two out of three ain’t bad, as the song goes. But still…one laments the possibilities.
Did any of you read L’Engle’s fabulous book? And what are your thoughts on Mr Brown?
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