Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
- Read an installment of a series.
- Share your review/recommendation below.
- Include the title, author and series name.
My Series Sunday pick is a rant about James Patterson, author of the following series:
- Alex Cross
- Women's Murder Club
- Michael Bennett
- Maximum Ride
- Daniel X
- Witch & Wizard
- NYPD Red
- Middle School
What happened to James Patterson doing his best to make sure his books are as best as they can be? I see now why Stephen King and other authors have taken shots at him for years. I really wish James Patterson would revamp his writing process. For those unfamiliar, he writes an outline specifying what is to happen in each scene. The co-author submits pages every two weeks or so, then JP re-writes them. I appreciate his willingness to mentor new authors and co-author books to get their names out there. I am sure his process saves lots of time, but is it the best way?
I get the impression that James Patterson is more concerned with quantity over quality. He's admitted to writing four outlines in five weeks. Dude...slow down! I understand writers have streaks but c'mon! Out of all the books published in the last year, only one was a page-turning thriller full of suspense. The others? Not even close. I find myself keeping up with James Patterson's series out of habit, not because I think the books will be worth reading.
Respectfully, sir, this new process of yours is not working. Stop slapping your name largely on book covers when you KNOW it's a flop, JP. Not cool. Not fair. Not considerate. This is not the way to treat your die hard fans. Being the country's top-selling author means nothing if you are publishing 10+ shitty books every year. Stop with the mass publishing of commercial fiction and give us well written thrillers again.