November 18, 2015

Wednesday Writing Wisdom (34) James Patterson



"Life is hard, and a lot of people come home tired from work. If they're gonna spend half an hour reading, they want some entertainment and a sense of achievement. So that's what I give them. That's all I'm trying to do. Is that really so wrong?"


James Patterson

   (March 22, 1947)

     Curious facts about:



With 71 novels in 33 years of which 19 topped the list of New York Times bestsellers, Patterson remains among the most widely read authors of these times.



“Assume nothing, question everything”. That is how James Patterson lives. His work was criticized by the great Stephen King who referred to his novels as “dopey thrillers”. Now anyone who is criticized by Stephen King would go down, but this just helped him move right on up.



James Patterson's novels have sold more than Dan Brown, John Grisham, and Stephen King's novels combined.



Some of the famous Hollywood movies based on James Patterson’s novels include Kiss the Girls (1997) and Along Came a Spider (2001). Adaptations to television include Child of Darkness, Child of Light (1991), Miracle on the 17th Green (1999), 1st to Die (2003), Women’s Murder Club (2007) and James Patterson’s Sundays at Tiffany’s (2010).

6 comments:

  1. He is definitely a prolific author. I used to read a lot of his stuff (my favorite book of his is The Midnight Club). Then he switched to a lot of first person POV which I rarely read and I cut back drastically. When he made the switch to present tense, I stopped reading altogether, I think he's a wonderful author...I just wish he'd got back to third person POV. The present tense kills it for me!

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    1. I totally agree with you, Mae! I felt the same. A pity. I don't know why but I find difficult to read books written in 1st person POV and present tense.
      I enjoyed watching a series Women's Murder Club that was screened from his books. I have them and will try to read to see if it's the same issue.
      And yet, as you see, he's better sold than S King or Dan Brown.

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  2. I've read a lot of James Patterson books and enjoyed most of them. They do tend to be things I read just once rather than revisiting. Thanks for highlighting him, Carmen.

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    1. He's highly successful, with many of his novels turned into movies. Yet, the type of book that you read only once. Thank you for leaving a comment, Daisy!

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  3. 71 novels, holy moly. My daughter-in-law enjoys his thrillers.

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    1. And not only so many novels but many screened and hits in movie world, I read several of his books, too.

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