Thursday, November 17, 2005

What the Dickens

Congratulations to writer Charles Dickens, who's been included in Waterstones 200 Best Paperbacks of 2005 for his novel Bleak House. To be ranked alongside such greats as Ben Elton's Past Mortem and Dan Brown's Deception Point is a truly impressive achievement and Dickens himself, a little-read cultish writer, should feel proud of himself. Hopefully the exposure from his inclusion this list, as well as the television adaptation currently airing, will mean this underrated writer will be read alongside literary heavyweights like Harlen Coben and Michael Crichton.

5 comments:

Eleanor said...

Is the news that literary classics will be turned into text messages more or less depressing than 50 Cent setting up his own publishing company?
Do you think I'd get a job there?

Nicole said...

Dan Brown's Deception Point is so incredibly bad. Don't ask me why I've read it, but it's horrid. Horrid! Da Vinci Code is good compared to it. Seriously.

Will said...

Ah, Dan Brown. Reminds me an extremely irritating incident that happened a few months back. I went to the pub with some mates one night as well as a friend of a friend who I didn't know. The general pub conversation moved into the area of organised religion, and he began to wax lyrical about the "sacred feminine" and how the church had, since the birth of Christ, suppressed pagan worship of female gods and forms, thereby leading to the current inequality of sexes and repression of women the world over. It soon became clear to me that everything he was saying had come from The Da Vinci Code and he was passing this nonsense off as both his own theory and (worse) actual truth. I didn't say anything, partly because it would've involved revealing that I'd read The Da Vinci Code...

Kearns said...

"Upstairs, Sophie and Langdon exhaled in relief to see the conveyor belt move. Standing beside the belt, they felt like weary travelers at baggage claim awaiting a mysterious piece of luggage whose contents were unknown."

With killer similes like that, how can you possibly criticise Dan Brown?! The beauty of it is that we can all relate. Just last week I checked in a mysterious piece of luggage before jetting off on holiday.

Nicole said...

See, that's the thing. I don't even mind the idea behind the Da Vinci Code. Interesting, at least for a mass market book. I mean, at least it's not a book about a serial killer who's playing games with the police. Or whatever all those crappy looking books are about.

But damn--the writing! It's just so bad. Mysterious luggage? Yeah, if there's any mysterious luggage, the bomb squad is called in.

Anyways, read Deception Point (which has such a painfully stupid idea behind it, I'm sure it'll be made into a movie soon) and even Da Vinci Code looks alright by comparison. Actually, don't read Deception Point. Just take my word for it.