Bad Writer, Good Novels… Can you have both? This article on Dan Brown’s writing style, or lack thereof, is ‘roasted’ with 20 examples of bad sentences (and why they’re bad)… Thanks, Heather, for the heads up on this article. I still like his novels, but agree with many of these critiques. A good part of the first third of ‘The Lost Symbol’ is spent giving background detail. Some is required, but let’s get to the action…
If Dan Brown’s new novel The Lost Symbol is anything like his previous works, it will not go down well with the critics. Famously, comedian Stewart Lee mocked him for using the sentence “The famous man looked at the red cup” in his bestselling The Da Vinci Code.
In fact, Lee was making that up – the sentence never appears in the book. So are the critics unfair on Brown?
They’re certainly harsh. Edinburgh professor of linguistics Geoffrey Pullum says “Brown’s writing is not just bad; it is staggeringly, clumsily, thoughtlessly, almost ingeniously bad.” He picks out some excerpts for special criticism. The female lead in Angels and Demons learns of the death of her scientist father: “Genius, she thought. My father . . . Dad. Dead.” A member of the Vatican Guard in the same book becomes annoyed by something, and we learn that "his eyes went white, like a shark about to attack." … [MORE]