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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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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?

Marinelle Carter - 09:19am Jun 28, 1999 PST(#21 of 28)

Four authors come to mind when you talk about changing characters when you are in the middle of a successful and generally good series--Sara Paretsky and "Ghost Country", Faye Kellerman's "Moon Music", Abigail Padgess "Blue" and Paul Levine's latest. I sometimes wish that advance notices of new books would contain warnings or at least indicate to those of us who devour books, that this is a change in direction for this author. At least I've started putting most new hardback releases on reserve at the library so the most I'm out is 50 cents if the author lays an egg!

Norma McBeath - 11:08pm Jun 24, 2000 PST(#22 of 28)

I have found that some writers continue past the time when they need to change their approch to a story. This is when I serch out a new writer to enjoy.

Diana Gotsch - 05:58am Jun 30, 2000 PST(#23 of 28)

Another example is James Patterson. His last few have not been as good as the earlier ones. I think that some authors get a best seller and then just keep repeating the book that made them a success. they are afraid to change anything for fear that they will not do as well.

Stan - 07:11am Sep 23, 2002 PST(#24 of 28)

Any thoughts on Tony Hillerman and his work?

CHRIS SMILEY - 11:34am Oct 11, 2002 PST(#25 of 28)

Hi everyone, let me begin be saying I just found this site so I'm not sure if anyone will respone to my post. However, I agree, it seem the author goes to great pain to develop chatacters, till the reader starts to believe they're real. Then, the author decides that they're not being challrnged creatively and decides to take thier writing in a new direction. Great, this leads the reader out in the cold, sicne the reader has come to expect a certain sytle of writing when reading the authors books. Why can the author, if wanting to strech thier talents. simply create new characters for a diferent seriers of book instead of changind existing characters drasticly? Chri smiley

Ann Louise - 09:42am Feb 23, 2003 PST(#26 of 28)

What bothers me more is when authors hit it big and then are marketed as "mainstream fiction" instead of as mystery authors, as if being a genre author is something to be ashamed of. This also happens to romance authors like Catherine Coulter and Judith McNaught who are writing more suspense-themed books tinged with romance.

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