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Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers
     

Hit Lit: Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers

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by James W. Hall
 

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ISBN-10: 0812970950

ISBN-13: 2900812970950

Pub. Date: 04/10/2012

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF WHAT MAKES A MEGA-BESTSELLER IN THIS ENTERTAINING, REVELATORY GUIDE
 
What do Michael Corleone, Jack Ryan, and Scout Finch have in common? Creative writing professor and thriller writer James W. Hall knows. Now, in this entertaining, revelatory book, he reveals how bestsellers work, using twelve twentieth-century

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DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF WHAT MAKES A MEGA-BESTSELLER IN THIS ENTERTAINING, REVELATORY GUIDE
 
What do Michael Corleone, Jack Ryan, and Scout Finch have in common? Creative writing professor and thriller writer James W. Hall knows. Now, in this entertaining, revelatory book, he reveals how bestsellers work, using twelve twentieth-century blockbusters as case studies—including The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Jaws. From tempting glimpses inside secret societies, such as submariners in The Hunt for Red October, and Opus Dei in The Da Vinci Code, to vivid representations of the American Dream and its opposite—the American Nightmare—in novels like The Firm and The Dead Zone, Hall identifies the common features of mega-bestsellers. Including fascinating and little-known facts about some of the most beloved books of the last century, Hit Lit is a must-read for fiction lovers and aspiring writers alike, and makes us think anew about why we love the books we love.

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ISBN-13:
2900812970950
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
336

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Hit Lit 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, this book is NOT a formula for how to write a best seller. It will likely help you improve your writing but, it is not a "how-to" book. This book is a thoughtful and fun analysis of why some books hold the attention of the collective consciousness in modern America. Like most good literary analysis, it says more about who we are as a society than about the process of the writer. However, since understanding society is a best selling witer's best skill, perhaps it does have some "how-to" value after all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have yet to read this book but there is a formula for major best sellers unlike the first commenter says... From Harry Potter to Star Wars to The Godfather they all are the same in one way or another, Harry goes against Voldemort. Luke goes against Vader. so and so fdrth. we read books that are alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is insulting to authors everywhere. There are no formulas - talent is what makes a book work.