In one hand my wife had a gun pointed at my head and in the other she had a stapler poised at my knee cap, threatening to staple my scrotum there if I didn’t read Stephanie Meyers twilight saga. What was I supposed to do? You tell me. I have a healthy fear of death just like everyone else but it was the stapler that ultimately motivated me. But now that I have completed the Meyers saga, I wish she had pulled the trigger. The experience wasn’t a complete waste because strangely enough it made me think about Dan Brown’s writing in a different light. Sometimes I need some really bad writing to appreciate the kind of writing you get from Dan Brown. Thank you, Stephanie.
I think Dan Brown is strong in areas many writers struggle with. He’s good at handling exposition and setting material. Exposition and description are like bulkheads where readers can easily stub their toes, yet Dan manages to navigate the reader through it fairly easily. He takes you into this make-believe world and does an excellent job at providing the illusion that there is intelligence in his writing. This is not an easy thing to do. It’s like snake oil sales man standing at the edge of his cart, pitching his product as the next universal cure all, but you stay and listen anyway, even though you know the snake oil sales man is full of shit. There is a certain talent in that. There’s no question that Dan’s threading of conspiracy elements in his plots is ludicrous. I have an easier time believing in the government’s cover up about UFO's abducting and probing the rectums of hairy loggers than I do about the conspiracies in Dan's books. But with this said, Dan’s taste in subject material is compelling, which gives more credit than I give the UFO's. What are your thoughts about Dan Brown?