Assembly-Line Novels

Why do all Dan Brown novels, or for that matter, almost all novels of this genre read like they have come out of an assembly line production? Got hold of Brown’s Angels and Demons pdf version yesterday and finished it in four straight hours (and was deprived of a good nights sleep in the process). Although, a plausible enough storyline, most of the literary instruments resorted to were the same as with any other similar novel. Short, crisp sentences to create the feel of a taut, pacy storyline and impossibly long, evocative sentences almost tantamounting to an epiphany of some sort whenever one of the central characters would be in the throes of some strong passion.

Kinda brings back memories of a brilliant short story by Roald Dahl by the name of the Great Automatic Grammatizor or something. Still, Mr. Dan Brown’s novels do contain lots of out of the world trivia and are pretty crisply written



  1. true true, though in this age and time when engineering students like me have hardly got any time to read non-technical. such “4 hour” books are just the right kind of breaks from our crazy schedules ….. even if they look right of the assembly line 🙂

    On the contrary, i see this as inevitable because “creativity can be mass produced” (look at the knowledge process outsourcing , nothing but intellectual labour)and “time is money” are two fundamental ideas which drive the SMS generation ke lives. So books will not be spared.

    btw, in IITD Dan Brown is like a bible (obv for time-pass), even our humanities profs are perplexed. I am not.

  2. we live in a manufactured world, were every thing should be produced to make the greatest number happy, that is why even the movies are assembly lines. and a conventional happy ending is a must.

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