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This was a big discussion over the weekend.
Do you think writers like Nicholas Sparks pander to their audience? For example, "Nights in Rodanthe" is so blatantly targeted to middle aged women it is too obvious. Someone had remarked they felt he was writing for the screenplay to appear on a Lifetime movie....

Others say that they feel some of John Grisham's books are now looking more like screenplays than novels as well and that you can definitely see the difference in his writing style since he became so famous.
What do you think?


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I tend to agree,Gina,with the pandering. I have not read that many of Nicholas Sparks'books,although he lives abt an hr from me...New Bern,NC. The themes are somewhat redundant,to me,in his works...no offense as he is a good writer. I saw the same trend with others like Grisham,Sandra Brown,Danielle Steele,Nora Roberts,Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Perhaps some do write with the movies in mind...so many themes sure look that way...almost like we cast the parts while reading the book.I have read that some of the big multi-dollar contracts specify X number of books/yr to be written/published.

That is why I,sometimes,take a break from some of the series as they can become monotonous. I remember reading John Grisham's first novel way after his highly successful ones were the rage. I had a real difficult time with it:"A Time to Kill" and then,another novel was so much like this one...abt Mississippi and the turbulent Southern sixties era.

Think that maybe there is pressure to get too many best sellers out too fast? JMO

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I think that is exactly right, Iris.
Their publishers have them present the next scenario based on a set theme that they know will work. Then they just fill in the blanks. So it always seems like the same story with just a few name changes and location changes.

The new Anne Rivers Siddons book I am reading, however, I think is one of her best!


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I got the same impression reading "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle," a book a friend had recommended but which I loathed. The writing seemed to be tailored specifically to the film industry special effects dept. I abandoned it twice, the second time for good. I checked the reviews on Amazon, and many people said they wished they'd never read it they were so disappointed, LOL!

I'm in the mood to get out of my non-fiction rut for a change. Any suggestions?

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Coco,what areas are your fave genres? I like mysteries...fast-moving and those that do not bog down. It takes me longer to read these days...and if I lose interest,I tend to put down the book...for good,often. Interesting on the Sawtelle as I was looking at that at Barnes&Noble on Sun. There is something abt it...just not that interesting,to me.

Gina...yeah,I agree abt one of the fave authors that we share. Think her descriptions are neat...sometimes,wordy...and I so relate to her style.

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Coco...funny you are trying to get out of a non-fiction rut, and I think I'm falling into one!   I just picked up about five memoirs, and I can't decide which one to read first!
 
Iris is right...let us know your favorite genres, and we'll bombard you with suggestions.  In the meantime, have you read "Peace like a river" by Leif Enger?  It is one of my all-time favorite books.  His use of the English language is beautiful.  It's the story of a man raising his three children alone.  His older son gets into trouble--goes to jail--breaks out and disappears.  The law is certain he'll go back home, so they're watching the family, while the father decides they need to go find the son, wherever he might be.  It's told through the eyes of the younger son.  I loved it.

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Hi Iris! I was a big fan of Tony Hillerman's mystery novels, but don't really have a favorite genre. I am game for anything you might recommend!

Thanks, Vicky. Books in the "all-time favorites" category are certainly enticing! I will order "Peace like a River" from the library today - thanks. BTW, I loved your very touching story of how Deb came -literally- tumbling into your life. In a library, too...

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Hey Coco,  I love mystery/suspense novels and have just discoverd another author in the 'stack's while looking for a book.  It is Karin Slaughter and she writes of a divorced couple, police chief and coronor/pediatrician, who work together through murders.  It is very a good series and keeping me occupied these days!!  Seeya!  Lee


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PS:  I get tired of authors that pandor immensely!!  I read only one Nicholas Sparks and it was enough for me.  John Grisham, I loved "A Time to Kill" and think it was his best.  The Firm was the first I read and it ws a good introduction, but I got bored with the rest!  Ok, I have to run!  I do love James Patterson, though and Robert B. Parker!  They do pretty well continuing on their series.   Oh and my FAv, JAMES LEE BURKE!  Love his books!!  ttfn.  Lee  I am procrastinating my workout!!  Time to get on the treadmill and then I can read this afternoon! 


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Thanks, Lee! I picked up Vicky's recommendation yesterday, and will have to put yours on my list!
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Coco, let me know what you think when you finish "Peace"..

Lee, I just read a short story by Karin Slaughter and was very impressed with her writing!  I want to read her other books now!

I'm still slogging through book 2 of the Shannara fantasy series.  I'm at a point right now where it's:  Must. Finish. Book.   I'm hoping it picks up again...

Re: Nicholas Sparks.  Ugh.  I don't like his fiction.  But, I loved his memoir "Three Weeks with my Brother"--that was really interesting.


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Hey Vicki,  Just read the last karin Slaughter book from the stacks at my library and what a shocker in the last chapter!!!!  WOW!!  Let me know if you plow through the series as I have!!

Reading new Jeffrey Deaver book right now.  Really good!  It is called 'The Bodies Left Behind' or something like that!  ANyway, I am really enjoying it!  I do like his books!  ttfn!  Lee

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Lee, did she write a series, or are these stand alone books?  How many are there?

I finished my Elves vs. Trolls book..YAY! And the best news is, it's fine for boys 7th-8th-9th grades.  No sex.  I mean, we can cut off Trolls' heads, but whatever you do, don't sleep with the Princess!  LOL..

I'm on number 3 in the trilogy (whew) and then...I don't know what's next! Maybe Karin Slaughter!!

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