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The Raw Shark Texts isn’t anything it pretends to be. It is not a smart, taughtly written genre
Like its most interesting character, the Ludovician, it survives by feeding off the livers of that enlightened class of people who consider gimmicky endings as “deep”. Who believe M. Night Shyamalan is a genius because every movie he makes, no matter how well presented, has a surpise at the end. But The Sixth Sense wasn’t a success because of its twist ending, it was in spite of it: if the movie had actively worked to artificially hide the conclusion, it would have fared as poorly as The Village did.
The Raw Shark Texts is not The Sixth Sense, it is not cohesive, front to back. It’s a mess which falls apart well before the big ‘reveal’. It’s a book that pulls you in with a quick, smart, three-thousand word concept-bomb (one that had many publishers in a bidding
ly the book degenerates into one filled with canned characters and situations, one that is so cliché it’s frustrating in light of the beginning’s promise.
Hall attempts to cover his tracks by inserting “hints” that the action is all taking place inside Eric Sanderson’s head, that he made the whole thing up and is instead suffering a psychological disease called “brain-fugue”. He suggests, with a wink, that Sanderson’s life has turned into a by-the-numbers Hollywood blockbuster because that’s all the false-reality his brain understands, while ignoring the larger fact, which is
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It was a lesson, that’s definite, but I calmed down as I read. His book lacked art, I noticed, as described above. But if his book lacked art, mine had too much of it. I started to notice some of the cracks in my own writing through reading his. Some of these problems I think I’d noticed when I finished, though I had faith in the end and had hoped they’d resolve themselves through that.
They won’t. It’s going to need more work. But I think I’ve got a better idea of where I need to apply pressure if apply pressure apply pressure apply pressure apply pressure apply pressure apply pressure apply pressure apply pressure apply pressur eapply pressure.