One of the unintentional effects of the first week of my ‘break’ was that I went on a book-bender. Prompted by the recent receipt of a shiny new library card, one of my reads was an Agatha Christie in the Poirot series.
Not a bad read, though a very talky book, but the thing I liked best about it was that one of the characters was a crime writer and she kept observing that while her most common murder weapon – undetectable poison – was a bit silly, it was what the readers liked.
I think that sums up the most popular end of popular fiction for me. Whatever your own preference / prejudices are as a writer, there are big audiences out there who’s tastes run to certain types of storytelling. And, bless ’em, they are the folk who keep the book trade in business and probably libraries too.
Mind you, you’d have to work pretty hard at a convincingly ‘undetectable’ poison these days!
My other favourite nugget of writerly wisdom from this character was that readers were always writing to her to tell her she’d got little details wrong, but it wasn’t necessary to be an expert in anything as the readers were so helpful with their corrections.