So, the secret to being a successful writer is to suck at it? Is that
true of any other profession?.
On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 7:10 PM, Allan Guthrie <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Here's an example of something written in a "relentlessly commercial" style.
> No prizes for guessing where it comes from -- one of the most relentlessly
> commercial novels ever. It's full of 'tell', cliche, melodramatic language,
> interpretation, pleonasms. And deliberately so. I'm making an observation,
> not a judgment. The paradox at the end is most likely a mistake, mind you.
> "Renowned curator Jacques Saunière staggered through the vaulted archway of
> the museum's Grand Gallery. He lunged for the nearest painting he could see,
> a Carravagio. Grabbing the gilded frame, the seventy-three-year-old man
> heaved the masterpiece toward himself until it tore from the wall and
> Saunière collapsed backward in a heap beneath the canvas.
> As he anticipated, a thundering iron gate fell nearby, barricading the
> entrance to the suite. The parquet floor shook. Far off, an alarm began to
> The curator lay a moment, gasping for breath, taking stock. I am still
> alive. He crawled out from under the canvas and scanned the cavernous space
> for someplace to hide.
> A voice spoke, chillingly close. "Do not move."
> On his hands and knees, the curator froze, turning his head slowly."
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Nathan Cain" <IndieCrime@gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: SMALL CRIMES AND DRAGON TATTOO
>> What exactly is a "relentlessly commercial" style.
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