What existing book do you wish you could have written?
Although many (most?) of the books I like are character-driven stories, when I thought about this question, the books I wished I’d written all had a common element.
A Big Idea. A Great Hook. A High Concept. An Amazing Premise. A Grab-Me-By-The-Shirt-And-Don’t-Let-Go Situation. I don’t remember plots; I remember premises.
I couldn’t pick a single book, so I’ve compiled a short list:
Two Agatha Christie classics made the cut: And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express. Both use clever devices, which, many years later, have become classic mystery plots (and have been repurposed on numerous occasions).
Firestarter – Stephen King has no shortage of great ideas, and this was one I wished I’d hatched.
The Lock Artist – Cool idea, great main character, and, oh yeah, it won an Edgar.
Ender’s Game – Set in the future, a whip-smart kid must save humanity, without succumbing to peer pressure. In a word, awesome!
And if I had to select just one book I wish I’d written, that book would be:
Fifty Shades of
Jurassic Park - Theme park! Sabotage! Tropical island! Kids in danger! And dinosaurs! (mean dinosaurs!) And sequels! And a movie! And movie sequels!