Looking for readers…
I am planning a two part post about readers and writers. Today is about you all, the readers. My son is five years old and just finished Kindergarten. He can read, so I guess this post would be for him. If you advanced past kindergarten this post is for you. In my case, I spent three years in kindergarten so it is for me too. If you really care, all photos are from yahoo.
On Sunday afternoon I was watching the kids. I don’t call it babysitting because it isn’t babysitting when they are your kids. I made that mistake once and my wife corrected me on the difference. It has become one of our favorite jokes. Anyway, the kids were upstairs playing quietly. I should have been concerned because quiet kids are kids who are about to get me in trouble. My wife was out visiting her mom and I had the television to myself. Almost like a dream. What could possibly go wrong?
The dream was interrupted by reality, there was nothing on television to watch. No sports, the Indy 500 was over, the NASCAR race started late, the NBA game was on late and it was the Heat/Pacers. Can both teams lose? I love fantasy baseball but watching regular season baseball is like watching reality TV, boring. I just realized how much I miss football. I digress, so I am left with Storage Wars, Pawn Stars, and American Pickers. How tough is that? I continued my search and found the De Vinci Code movie. I stayed with it for thirty minutes before heading out and burning some wood in the fire pit. Nothing beats Redneck TV.
In 2004, I lived in Ali Al Salem, Kuwait. My buddy, the real Capt. Bill Rimes found the book somewhere and he was enthralled by it. He spent days reading in, pouring over Dan Brown’s mixture of descriptions, theories, history, and fiction. Finally he gave it to me, and I read it too. My impression was that his book was okay, but his premise was intriguing. As an aside, I don’t believe the theory that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. But if he was, it has no bearing on my core beliefs nor does it affect my salvation. So I have no problem co-existing with his theory.
Back to the book, I found his writing to be easy to read and for the most part I was able to follow the action. There were a couple of passages that I had to re-read because his passages were not easy to comprehend. Is Dan Brown the best writer of the modern era? Of course not. Is he one of the best storytellers of the modern era? Maybe so. Think about it for a minute. He took an obscure idea about a bogus theory written in a history book that no one ever bothered to read and turned it into a story that captivated a generation.
My question to you, is what do you like in your fiction. Do you like the author that can take some unrelated facts and morph them into an amazing story like Mr. Brown did? Do you like an author like Ms. Rowling whose imagination can transport us to a magical world. What about an author like Mr. King who can take a basic fear and a person he saw at Wal-Mart to tell a story that haunts your soul. Or do you prefer an author who writes technically correct prose who crafts a literary masterpiece?
Next post, I will give you my thoughts on this topic and then ask another question. Until then, keep on rocking!