The “James Patterson is a Hack!” Challenge
I want to read a James Patterson novel. He’s a popular author, and I’ve never read any of his books, so I went to the library last weekend and realized I was out of my league. An entire shelf was filled with James Patterson novels, not because he was the library’s featured novelist, but because he’s written so many books that it took an entire shelf to showcase them.
Staring blankly at the selection, I noticed that James Patterson co-writes a lot of his books with various authors (whose names I didn’t recognize). This is great for James Patterson because he can put his name on a lot more books. This is great for the co-authors because their names are on books that are guaranteed to sell. This is good for the public because book readers have more (but not necessarily a better) selection of mystery/thrillers.
If I were a mystery/thriller author who was not James Patterson or one of his co-authors, I’d be kind of ticked off.
I’m guessing that James Patterson is a hack, and I don’t mean that as an insult.
I’d like to be a hack, but since I’m probably not good enough, I have to settle for making fun of them (not that they care because they have tons of money, and I don’t). For the last year, I’ve been making jokes about Sue Grafton and her alphabet series, without realizing that she’s an amateur compared to James Patterson (I have some weird gaps in my knowledge).
Now that I have finally recognized the awesome hackery that is James Patterson, I finally present…
THE “JAMES PATTERSON IS A HACK” CHALLENGE!
Below is a list of some James Patterson book titles. I also added three more fake titles. Without cheating (like checking up on Wikipedia or Patterson’s home page), pick out the three fake book titles.
Along Came a Spider
The Big Bad Wolf
Four Blind Mice
Get Ready, Get Set, Die!
Jack and Jill
Kill Me If You Can
Kiss the Girls
Little Miss Murder
No Way Out
Now You See Her
Pop Goes the Weasel
Roses Are Dead
School’s Out- Forever
Step on a Crack
Violets Are Blue
Answers are at the end of the… no, they’re not! It wouldn’t be a challenge if I answered it for you.
BONUS CHALLENGE (only for people who have read a lot of James Patterson novels)- Choose one James Patterson book for me to read.
I want to read one (and probably only one) James Patterson novel, but I don’t know where to start. I don’t want to read his YA stuff. I’m not interested in Alex Cross. I’d like one good book that represents what James Patterson writes. I’m not reading it to “hate” it or be overly-critical; I just want to see what his books are like.
If “None” is the only answer I get, then my decision will become easier, but I really hope the answer isn’t “None.”
For more about authors who are (or might be) hacks, read My Favorite Author is a Hack .