I had another blog for today, but I decided to push it to another time when I read the news. There, amongst all the political whatnot, was an article that said author Michael Crichton had died. He was only sixty six and had been privately battling cancer. I had no idea.
I know we're all about the romance genre here, but we are first and foremost readers, and I couldn't let a successful author's passing go without mention. He'd sold over 150 million books. I can't even imagine.
I've actually read quite a few of his books. I read Jurassic Park and the Lost World before they were movies. I've seen the movie adaptations of Andromeda Strain and Disclosure. He wrote several screenplays, including the one for the film "Twister," which is one of my favorites. So many of his works were translated to screen. He got to work with Stephen Spielberg. I didn't realize until reading the tribute to him that he created the series ER. Its sad that the show actually outlived him.
He had a flair for blending compelling characters, moral dilemnas, technology and politics. He often took heat for his work from critics, but his appeal to his readers was undeniable. Although he was quite outspoken about his views and used his books to some extent to express himself, even his harshest political adversaries had to admit the books were riveting.
As a writer, I can only imagine achieving that level of success. I struggle every day just to get words on pages so an editor can read and reject them. The idea of having blockbuster films, Emmy winning television shows, Time Magazine covers, and amazing book sales under my belt is a far off pipe dream.
Do you have a favorite Michael Crichton book? Have you seen any of the films? I have to say that I always thought the book Jurassic Park was leaps and bounds better than the film. If you're unfamiliar with his work, you can at least appreciate and credit him with the career upswing of George Clooney. :)
PS. On a happier note, next week is our 3rd Birthday Celebration! Join us as we party the week away. There will be prizes and cake and as always...cabana boys, so you don't want to miss it!
(Photo courtesy of Keith Meyers/The New York Times)