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Changes after hitting the best seller lists
I would like to know if there is anyone else who feels cheated when an author (the two most recent that come to my mind are Grimes and P.D. James), writes a bunch of books with the same characters who you the reader come to think of as friends and then the author finally hits the best seller list and their books become way too long and serious. That is not to say the books aren't good they just lose their original flavor. Yes I understand from a writer's point of view the need to do this but I don't think it is fair to the reader base they built on the way up.

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Mary - 12:59am Apr 13, 1998 PST(#11 of 28)
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I love Grimes books that are set in Emgalnd, I am refering to her Jury stories, all the titles are the names of British pubs. All of the charactors are funny and interesting, very readabe.The last one of her books that I read was set in New England at the end of a pier, it was confusing at best and boring at worst.I hope that she goes back to England soon and to what she writes best. I can`t even remember the title of book.

Calsha - 03:45am Sep 6, 1998 PST(#12 of 28)
I'm a Kiwi and proud of it.

I have just read The Hornet's Nest. I got it from the library "goody another Scarpetta" I did not enjoy it the same. Didn't like her female "Heros"

Her latest book has just hit our bookshops (NZ) I enjoyed Unnatural Exposure.

P Marlowe - 12:38pm Sep 6, 1998 PST(#13 of 28)
Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

But wouldn't you agree that even with the very best authors, some of their books you just don't like, even Dame Agatha wrote a dud or two. I believe the pressure of being a best selling author also takes it toll. Like any performer who is being called on to always be original even tho they have done the performance over and over. That is what changes them, they've been discovered, think it's called fame.

Sandra Woodman - 08:05am Sep 30, 1998 PST(#14 of 28)

Perhaps what Mary is trying to say is "why fix something that isn't broken". I've noticed the same thing, but with different authors. Here are some maybes: Maybe they want to write differently but couldn't before they got to the best seller list - because of financial reasons. Maybe their editors tell them they need to give their readers more - when in reality some of us like a little less! Maybe they are trying to break out of a rut and want to do something a little different themselves. Or maybe they feel like we need to get more for our money since book prices have gone up so high.

stikeforce - 08:13am Nov 5, 1998 PST(#15 of 28)
"It's a cult... they worship blue oysters"... MST3K 'The Final Sacrifice'

I think the real problem is too many writers get stuck and they can't get out. Like Conan Doyle.Even killing Holmes off didn't stop the cries for more. Writers grow, they change. Maybe they want to experiment.Like it was said, even Christie had her off books. As has King and Asimov. It must be especially tough on the prolific ones. Conversely, if you find yourself enjoying a certain writer less and less, it's probably you that has really changed. Maybe you're just bored with them. After all, ALL writers recycle plots. Now as to all the French in these books(Christie too) these writers were British, And they learned(like all in their generation) French. Do like I did, buy a English to French dictionary. Helps with Mardi Gras, too. Bon les temps ya'll!

Joanne - 09:50am Dec 2, 1998 PST(#16 of 28)
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. " (Eleanor Roosevelt)

I agree with most of you re authors who change their style of writing after so many successful books. Another author who did this was Robert Ludlum. I thoroughly enjoyed his earlier books and although his later books had good plots, they became longer and longer. If you put all his novels side by side, you can almost tell which are the latest, because they get longer and longer. He could take out about a hundred pages and still have an excellent book. (One book I did not enjoy was *Road to Gandolfo* which was meant to be light. I think he should have written this under another name because most of his admirers were not expecting such a change.)

Julie Kelley - 01:12am Dec 19, 1998 PST(#17 of 28)

I believe Road to Gandolfo was one of Ludlams earlier books and was originally published under a pseudonym because his publishers at the time did not think his "public" would understand such a departure. I didn't care for it either, on the other hand my father who is a staunch Ludlam fan loved it and Road to Omaha, go figure! I know what you mean about his books getting too long he spins a good plot but got a little too fancy a few times.

Emily Wood - 09:01am Feb 1, 1999 PST(#18 of 28)

This may be a tad late, but a friend in the writing field told me that Cornwell's Hornet's Nest is actually an old book that she couldn't get published before she became famous-which may well be why the book is not up to par. There's a term for this, but I forgot it!

P Marlowe - 07:34pm Feb 3, 1999 PST(#19 of 28)
Glenview 7537 - Hollywood

Greed comes to mind.

dcook - 03:57am May 31, 1999 PST(#20 of 28)

Talk about feeling cheated. I am not sure yet, but "Biting the Moon" by Grimes...well the first chapter is a let-down, but I do love her Jury books. Who is dependable anymore?

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