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Great Writers that could/cannot not write

Postby Alyosha » Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:31 pm

Not writers you think write crap...like say you hate Nicholas Sparks novels or that Stephen King is a hack. But great writers that you think are great writers, that cannot write!

I'll name 3:

1. Victor Hugo
2. Tom Clancy
3. Harper Lee (half the time, that is To Kill a Mockingbrd was well-written, but Go Set A Watchman, was badly written)

And what I mean is that they create great stories and invite great thought...but, their style is just "and they got published? They got an agent to read and take those first ten pages?" Yet: "Such a great book!"

I hope people know what I mean.

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Re: Great Writers that could/cannot not write

Postby robjvargas » Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:36 am

I think I know what you mean, Alyosha.

Problem is... they're great writers, and I'm not.

It's like the people in those competition shows, they audition, some of them say they love the judges, and when they are rejected, they then say the judges don't know squat.

Really? They've built careers already. They have the market that says their reading speaks to some audience.

So... in the end, I wind up chucking these debates into the round file. Can they write? They DID. To success. What I think does not change what history has shown.
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Re: Great Writers that could/cannot not write

Postby ostarella » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:06 am

I think one thing that often gets overlooked in discussions of writing "quality" is the reader, and the fact that readers, no matter how sophisticated, don't always want to read "great books". I like books that make me really think, and within that group, I may want to read something in the world of politics, or the "human condition", or a complicated spy thriller. And I want those books to be top grade, both in the technical and in the creative. But I also like books that let me relax, which might be a humorous murder mystery, a western, or yeah - a bit of erotica. In those books, I'm willing to overlook the technical, for the most part, because I just want something to pass the time.

Some books are great for the first group; some books are excellent for the second. Whichever group they're in, if they do their job well, they're going to sell.


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