Monday, July 19, 2010

Bad Example

"Mavericks are only cute when they're Mel Gibson."

Tana French,The Faithful

Of course it's only one character speaking, but Tana French's latest novel obviously went to press before Mel's latest drunken meltdown. Of course, it's been quite clear for some time that Mel is neither cute or a maverick -- unless maverick means enslavement to an anti-semitic cult. I don't think so: gone are the days of Mad Max, etc.

What should an author do? Well, inevitably things slip through but a little fact checking never hurts -- think of it as embarrasment prevention -- especially for books with detectives, however wounded.

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