Literary bullying. Stop it now

It is a given to anyone with half a brain that American author Dan Brown cannot write.

Even the most basic rules of English literature evade him.

But when snide, sneering, supercilious articles like this appear in the mainstream media (Daily Telegraph in this instance), all I feel is an enormous sense of pity for the pathetically small-minded people who wrote and contributed to the piece.

This article is nothing but a cheap form of bullying and as such it should not be supported or promoted in the mainstream media.

And let’s be clear for a moment on what I am saying; I am not saying that the pathetics who wrote this drivel are bullying Dan Brown.

What I am saying is that some basic, some fundamental facts appear to have completely sailed by the ‘superior intellects’ who masterminded this nasty piece of tabloid bullying.

And here’s just one of those overlooked facts: Dan Brown, for his many faults as a writer, is a best selling author.

So this scumbag article, if we are being wholly truthful, is nothing more than a covert attempt to deride and belittle the people who have bought Dan Brown’s work.

I am not saying lay off Dan Brown.

There are clever ways (and this certainly isn’t one) of highlighting Dan Brown’s lack of ability to stay afloat in the deep end of the literary pool.

What I am saying is that the folk with the over-inflated senses of intellectual superiority, who are behind this nasty piece of journalism, need to lay off the people who buy/read/enjoy his work.

This ‘I’m better than Dan Brown’s readers’ snobbery is sure to leave a very bitter taste in the mouth of any human being with an ounce of compassion and more than a grain of common sense.

All that this nasty piece in the Daily Telegraph underlines is the point that it is possible for some human beings to be intelligent, yet lack the other two qualities that valuable members of society should have.

And the thing that really makes me laugh? The article appeared in the ‘Culture’ section of the Daily Telegraph.

Honestly, is there anything cultured about such snobbery and intellectual elitism?

No, I thought not.

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4 Responses to Literary bullying. Stop it now

  1. S. Le says:

    Gosh! Pick, pick, pick. I reckon the article writer is jealous not only of Dan Brown’s success but of his wealth. Brown’s writing is meant to entertain not educate on perfect written form. He should get over it and move on.

  2. Krazy Kitty says:

    I thought the article to be more of the masochistic kind. Yes, Dan Brown’s writing makes you feel like clawing your eyes out of their orbits. I can empathize, having read the Da Vinci code (albeit the French translation) physically cringing at some of the sentences. So you go back and make a top 20 of the worse ones you found? What is wrong with you? Did you mention that to your shrink?

  3. Tim Footman says:

    I’m afraid I disagree. The main purpose of the DT article is to identify why Brown’s writing is bad. This may be inferred to be a dig at his readers, but surely any negative response to a work of art is implicitly saying that people who like it are in some way ‘wrong’. If we worried too much about hurting peoples’ feelings, we’d never feel free to express any critical opinions whatsoever.

    The fact that Brown sells millions of books should provoke examination of differing criteria for successful writing, but they shouldn’t prevent us from pointing out his faults.

  4. Vicola says:

    This is just some pseudo-intellectual wanking by a sad little individual who thinks he is far more linguistically aware than anyone else and who reckons that anyone reading something that isn’t published by Penguin Classics is a chav. He’s the sort of person you dread getting sat next to at one of the those god awful dinner parties. Yes, I think Dan Brown’s books are crap and having pushed myself to read three of them I’ve discovered that the story is the same in each one, but then he doesn’t pretend to write intellectual prose. He writes beach books, books you could read on a plane because you don’t have to concentrate. The kind of book you keep in the toilet because you can read it in little chunks and not have to spend half an hour figuring out the plotline. Different people like different things, personally I can’t stand Thomas Hardy, I was forced to read his stuff at school and it’s really dull, doesn’t mean I think I’m better or worse than anyone else. If the guy doesn’t like Dan Brown, just don’t read him but clearly, since he’s sold squillions of books and made a fortune, not everyone agrees.