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Is James Patterson a Good Writer?

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    Posted: August/14/2007 at 4:54pm
I say James Patterson is a good writer, because his books do what they're supposed to do: entertain. They're not literary books and don't pretend to be. Patterson is just an entertainer, his books are fast-paced, fun and easy to read.

Not my favorite author by a long shot, but he deserves all the money he has made.






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No, he is a bad writer. But he is a good entertainer. And I've enjoyed a few of his books. Though I must say I don't think I'll be going back because of how many other authors I have discovered.
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I have to vote no. Now I understand why people like him, but I don't think his writing itself is that good. He himself admits he just writes novel outlines and publishes them as novels. That can be fast-paced and entertaining--and like I said, I understand that--but it's not good writing in my book.
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To me, if a novelist is entertaining, than he's a good writer by definition. I realize some people demand more, but I think it's very tough to entertain, and I respect anyone who can do it on a regular basis.
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I think you can be entertaining without being a good writer. I think Richard Laymon is a very entertaining writer, but I don't think he's a good writer. It's a subtle distinction, but I think "good" writing has to do with style and form, not just entertaining the reader. A truly great writer can entertain and exhibit clean and innovative writing. I just don't feel Patterson qualifies.
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