Fame... No Thanks.

There are many writers we hear a lot about, J.K. Rowling with the Harry Potter series, Stephanie Meyer with the Twilight Saga and E L James with Fifty Shades of Grey are a few that spring to mind. Any young people wishing to be a writer might look at these people and dream of being just like them. I can’t judge the Harry Potter books or Fifty Shades of Grey as I haven’t read them but I did read the Twilight Saga and enjoyed it. I believe Stephanie Meyer is a talented writer and she captured that magic with her words. I do not like the films.

Any writer who manages to get a publishing deal, sell millions of books and land a film deal must be talented. They’ve captured something that the bigwigs think will sell and they’re willing to bet money on that. Most writers dream of the day they will be offered that film deal, or be approached by a publisher offering some fantastic deal turning them into a household name overnight. I am not one of those writers.

I don’t want to be like J.K. Rowling or Stephanie Meyer or EL James. In fact I don’t want to be like anyone else, I want to be me. However, there is one writer who I have admired for a very long time and if I could write half as well as him then I’ll consider myself a good writer. He wrote about scientific subjects and still managed to inject that magic into his words. When reading his books you are swept away, transported into the world he has created, even if it’s not a subject you expected to enjoy.

Michael Crichton had a long career in writing and had thirteen books made into films, including Jurassic Park, Sphere and Disclosure. Thirteen! That’s not why I like him though, Michael Crichton managed to write all those books and get film deals but he didn’t end up all over the TV screens. J.K. Rowling had the Harry Potter books made into films and she was always on the TV. Michael Crichton’s books that were made into films were not all from the same story either, most of them are stand alone stories and I don’t think I ever saw him on the TV. This is what I respect about him, he just got on with the writing. If you’ve ever read a Michael Crichton book and looked at the back you’ll see about twenty pages of bibliography. He did loads of research and got facts into his stories, making them more credible. I can imagine he was a very smart man, I’ve only done a little research so far and already I’ve learned a lot.

If I ever manage to write books that people love as much as they love Michael Crichton’s and they get made into films, just like his, I won’t be there on the TV with the actors. That’s not what I’m after. I will be sat at home working hard on that next book (hopefully!) and smiling as people go and watch a film created from my words. I think that would be quite satisfying actually : )

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