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Luc Deflo, on the 26th of november, died, and less than sixty, was a productive author. Sometimes he wrote three books a year. And he is not the only writer who has such a production to his name.

Luc Deflo, on the 26th of november, died, and less than sixty, was a productive author. Sometimes he wrote three books a year. In addition to the Ghent public writer Herman Brusselmans keep especially misdaadauteurs …

Luc Deflo, on the 26th of november, died, and less than sixty, was a productive author. Sometimes he wrote three books a year. In addition to the Ghent public writer Herman Brusselmans keep especially misdaadauteurs a dizzying pace and to bombard it the market and their readers with some new books per year. Pieter Aspe wrote a long time annually, two books, and Toni Coppers is well on the way to that average. Of the English succesauteur M. J. Arlidge, that only in 2014, his debut, appeared just, a valiant misdaadklepper number eight, In the moonlight. The American author James Patterson, one of the best selling writers in the world, is the ceo of a real schrijffabriek where he used a battery usually unknown and young authors (or with Bill Clinton for the mediocre thriller President went missing), fiction on the conveyor belt produces.

Professionals

That high production has many causes. Often works with a writer on a series with fixed main characters. If the series is successful, the pressure of the publisher and the readers to the reading preferences to keep feeding. Readers want the further adventures of their favorite characters follow, just like the viewers each and every day to their familiar soap opera look. More important is that misdaadauteurs rarely as a literary heavyweights, but rather as professionals. Their job is to get people exciting reading experience.

Ever told by Ruth Rendell, a lady at a high tempo excellent misdaadliteratuur wrote, me that what they did in the ‘applied art’ was. They wrote books that have a clear function. Of course a writer is to discuss the structure, the plot and the style of his book. There should be dug deeply in the psyche of the human being and also current societal problems (racism, human trafficking, addiction, political and economic tampering) may be discussed. But the first function of a thriller is ‘diverterend’, such as that in text books literature. Entertain and scatter. Misdaadauteurs are rarely concerned with their personal story about the difficult relationship with their father, their ex-partner or other navelstaarderij. Misdaadauteurs have a box, the telling of stories.

The high production of many misdaadauteurs also works against them. It is often said that the quality of this lead, that the bite-sized assembly line work is that writers hardly evolve again and again the same template to fill in. That is partly true, but that is especially true for the easy-going author who is afraid that he is the hard-won public that he has been able to bind, will repel when he with something radically new comes up. Especially the publisher will be behind the throat of the author down, but to continue to produce. Fiction publishing in the last few years is a risky business has become a lot of money is not to earn, that few megasellers excluded. If an author can ensure a guaranteed circulation, it is best not to much has changed to the business model.

There are plenty of misdaadauteurs to discover that a high production associate with superb quality. Any book by Michael Connelly (32 solid crime novels since 1992), with every literary novel measure. Simenon, author of hundreds of novels and short stories, was formerly a pulpschrijver and is now considered as one of the best authors of the 20th century. Ultimately, you have but two things need to have strong literature, of whatever nature, to write: a good pen and a soft cushion to sit on. And remain seated.

Pitbull

The jury of the Hercule Poirotprijs rewarded in 1999 Luc Deflo’s debut Naked souls immediately with a nomination, and winning it in 2008 with the prize for the best Flemish crime novel for Pitbull. That title summarizes nicely how Deflo wrote: as a pitbull that doorbijt. Deflo wrote hard, taut crime novels that went beyond what there is in the Flemish misdaadliteratuur to read. He had the horrors, dared total abject psychopaths and could be a shockeffect on time and was appreciated. ‘Schoonschrijverij’ he did not do, was effective his storytelling more.

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