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Who is the more pleb writer of them all? Not worst, more pleb
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this doesn't answer your question, but i just read On Writing by him and it was the worst thing i've ever read. what a smug, anti-intellectual moron.
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>>7671926

Dean Koontz
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>>7671926
King isn't too bad, there's SFF, YA, and those women who write stories about their cats being kings that are more pleb.
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>>7671981
>>7671945
I want to read IT, but i don't know if it is worth of my time, it's a long book.
For some reason he comes as a jackass to me in interviews.
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>>7671945
After I read On Writing I've only gotten positive feedback on critique threads.
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>>7672035
I really liked it. But I was a hs freshman when I read it...
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>>7671926

J.K. Rowling
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Tom Clancy
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>>7671945

On Writing actually makes me think he's a simpleton. I remember he gives advice about not using complicated words. Okay, yeah. But then he talks about exceptions and then quotes Blood Meridian (or another McCarthy book, I forget) and then says something like, "I don't even know what half these words mean, but McCarthy gets away with it!"
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>>7671945
It's actually great advice if you're writing fiction. Be simple, get your point across, don't go off on irrelevant tangents, etc.

The man can write an engaging story, that's more than a lot of anons can say. I mean, you arnet going to start writing like Pynchon or Faulkner or whoever else you idolize without first grasping narrative basics. On Writing is a nice way to get started in short stories. You don't have to adhere to every piece of advice literally, but it's a great jumping off point.
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John Grisham
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>>7671926
>>7672092
What's happening is part of a phenomenon I wrote about a couple of years ago when I was asked to comment on Rowling. I went to the Yale University bookstore and bought and read a copy of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." I suffered a great deal in the process. The writing was dreadful; the book was terrible. As I read, I noticed that every time a character went for a walk, the author wrote instead that the character "stretched his legs." I began marking on the back of an envelope every time that phrase was repeated. I stopped only after I had marked the envelope several dozen times. I was incredulous. Rowling's mind is so governed by cliches and dead metaphors that she has no other style of writing.

But when I wrote that in a newspaper, I was denounced. I was told that children would now read only J.K. Rowling, and I was asked whether that wasn't, after all, better than reading nothing at all? If Rowling was what it took to make them pick up a book, wasn't that a good thing?

It is not. "Harry Potter" will not lead our children on to Kipling's "Just So Stories" or his "Jungle Book." It will not lead them to Thurber's "Thirteen Clocks" or Kenneth Grahame's "Wind in the Willows" or Lewis Carroll's "Alice."

Later I read a lavish, loving review of Harry Potter by the same Stephen King. He wrote something to the effect of, "If these kids are reading Harry Potter at 11 or 12, then when they get older they will go on to read Stephen King." And he was quite right. He was not being ironic. When you read "Harry Potter" you are, in fact, trained to read Stephen King.

Our society and our literature and our culture are being dumbed down, and the causes are very complex. I'm 73 years old. In a lifetime of teaching English, I've seen the study of literature debased. There's very little authentic study of the humanities remaining. My research assistant came to me two years ago saying she'd been in a seminar in which the teacher spent two hours saying that Walt Whitman was a racist. This isn't even good nonsense. It's insufferable.
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>>7672035
It's worth it. His most "literary" work. Least pleb, imo.
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>>7672227
>I'm 73 years old
Dunno whether or not to habeeb.
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>>7671964
The existence of Dean Koontz mystifies me. Apparently he sells millions of books, but I've never once seen someone reading him.

>>7672103
Clancy is a strong candidate for most pleb writer. Military fiction is so manchild.
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>>7672106
On Writing is slave morality : the guide.
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chuck palahniuk
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>>7672115
It's great advice if you're trying to write a generic bestseller, is what you mean. You can write like whoever you want to write like. It just won't sell (and probably won't even be publishable) unless it's generic shite.

People have been primed to expect certain things from narratives by mass media. That doesn't mean their expectations are correct or worth catering to on an artistic level
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