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http://strangeink.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-circles-of-literary-hell.html

Loved this article! This paragraph especially:
"Look, Dan Brown is not my kind of writer. I don't like his prose on the sentence-level (and sentence-level prose is something that matters to me as a reader) and if you ever want to see me go into a wild-eyed and snarly-haired rant, do ask me about the portrayal of medieval history and theology in The DaVinci Code. But the fact that he (or James, or Meyer, or fill in the name of whatever writer we're collectively grumpy about this week) is going to sell all those copies doesn't bother me in the least. In fact, as a writer, I find it very interesting, because clearly he is doing something in his writing that a lot of people respond to.

(I bolded the last part.)
#1 - May 15, 2013, 08:57 AM

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This is such a good thing to keep in mind. Thanks for posting!
#2 - May 15, 2013, 10:12 AM

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The blogger changed the URL on you. The article is now at: http://strangeink.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-circles-of-literary-(Satan's home).html

Good article.

EDIT-- I just realized the author didn't change the url. This board is changing it. You need to edit the "(Satan's Home)" part to the actual "H" word.
#3 - May 15, 2013, 10:20 AM
« Last Edit: May 15, 2013, 10:24 AM by Jerry »

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here is the shortened link. It should work for you now. Our bad language filters apparently don't like where Satan lives. ;)

http://bit.ly/181wPjb
#4 - May 15, 2013, 05:51 PM
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Yes. I agree. Good article.
#5 - May 15, 2013, 06:15 PM

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Thank you!

here is the shortened link. It should work for you now. Our bad language filters apparently don't like where Satan lives. ;)

http://bit.ly/181wPjb
#6 - May 15, 2013, 07:28 PM

John Scalzi wrote about this too.

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/05/14/reminder-on-getting-signed-human-divisions-thoughts-on-dan-brown/

"Being cranky about a Dan Brown book not being high literature is like yelling at a cupcake for not being a salad; it’s really missing the point. You don’t want the cupcake? Don’t eat the cupcake. Apparently lots of people like cupcakes. They don’t care that you want them to eat salad. You eat salad, if it’s so important to you."

Love it!
#7 - May 16, 2013, 03:02 PM
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I've always wished people who spend their time bemoaning Dan Brown/ James Patterson/ Stephanie Meyer / (insert author you find lacking) would spend more time worrying about the 20-25% of adult Americans who didn't read a single thing last year. Not. One. Thing. I find that much scarier than any reading choice.
#8 - May 16, 2013, 03:39 PM

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Yes! Or about the huge number of children who live in homes without books.

Personally, I think it's fantastic that in the age of Angry Birds, 3-D movies, streaming video, etc., people still care enough about some books to buy them by the millions....

I've always wished people who spend their time bemoaning Dan Brown/ James Patterson/ Stephanie Meyer / (insert author you find lacking) would spend more time worrying about the 20-25% of adult Americans who didn't read a single thing last year. Not. One. Thing. I find that much scarier than any reading choice.
#9 - May 16, 2013, 07:49 PM
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Personally, I think it's fantastic that in the age of Angry Birds, 3-D movies, streaming video, etc., people still care enough about some books to buy them by the millions....

Yes. Yes. Yes.
#10 - May 17, 2013, 07:33 AM

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Yes! Or about the huge number of children who live in homes without books.

Personally, I think it's fantastic that in the age of Angry Birds, 3-D movies, streaming video, etc., people still care enough about some books to buy them by the millions....


Preach it!!!  ;D
#11 - May 17, 2013, 10:25 AM

Just wanted to say that I agree completely with the Strange Ink article, too.
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My favorite movie is Twister.
I recognize that it is not a "good" movie.
Heck, it actually won the Razzie for worst-written movie.
On top of that...
It's poorly acted (except for a minor character - Dusty - played by Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman).
And, the atmospheric physics of it are not, technically speaking, possible.
But the big question is this: is it entertaining?
Answer: A millions times yes.
You can't explain it. It's the wonder of nature, baby.
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