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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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Fran Hinkel - 11:08am Nov 14, 1997 PST(#6 of 28)
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Hi. You didn't insult me. I can't find my original post re this subject, but am currently reading Busman's Honeymoon. I was, at first, put off by what I called the "persnicketiness" of her writing, but I find that the further I get into the story, it's not bothering me as much. I do feel, though, that she is showing off with her literary references (Milton, Shakespeare, etc.) and I'm not finding it very endearing. Still, I shall endure!

Thanks for the recommendation, I'll give it a try.

Fran 8-)

Liz Links - 07:37am Dec 11, 1997 PST(#7 of 28)
Brisbane, Australia

I too was put off by a change in PC's books. I haven't tried "Hornet's Nest" because the last one I read was very complicated with a lot of technical detail about naval equipment. I can't remember what it was called. I'll probably give it a try. I even find her computer detail rather complicated, but I really enjoyed her first books, more forensic information and good meaty stories. So far I've always enjoyed Mary Higgins Clarke.

Joan Stitz - 10:58pm Jan 18, 1998 PST(#8 of 28)

I don't know if I can say I feel cheated but I agree that some of my favorites are getting too serious/deep. I like to know all about the characters lives - as you say they become like friends but the last Eliz. George book I had trouble finishing. One of the reasons I read series books is because I like following the lives of the characters. But lets still have a good mystery too. The mystery is becoming secondary to their lives.

Nancy Howard - 09:40pm Jan 24, 1998 PST(#9 of 28)

I thought I was lazy because I had to check out Elizabeth George's latest 3 times from the library before I could finish it. I like getting into the characters as well as the story, but sometimes the story is too deep or characters are too intense. Some plot circumstances are too contrived, could be resolved with a little common sense, which E. George's characters lack.

Stephanie A. Hochuli - 06:25pm Feb 22, 1998 PST(#10 of 28)

Hornets Nest truly bothered me. I like female authors and protagonists, but she was just plain male bashing and I dont see the point. Elizabeth George has always been extremely complicated. I do love her stuff and this last one is tremendous. I just got past Lottie and feel bereft at the moment. What a neat little girl.

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.

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