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John Grisham has no shortage of book ideas

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Best-selling U.S. author John Grisham, whose books have sold over 250 million copies according to his publisher Doubleday, says he has no fear of running out of ideas for new novels.

"I have written 21 books in 20 years, all of them big bestsellers, and at no moment have I lacked ideas," the 53-year-old said in an interview published Sunday in top-selling Spanish daily newspaper El Pais.

"I will worry about that the day that I run out of ideas. Then I will stop, but at the moment it does not seem like there is any risk of that," he added.

His latest book, "The Appeal," tells the story of a huge chemical company that loses a multimillion dollar lawsuit for causing cancer deaths and then essentially tries to buy an election for the state Supreme Court where the appeal will be heard.

"It is the most openly political book I have written," he said. "I probe deeply a topic which has not been sufficiently explored, which is the world of judicial elections in the United States, a burning issue in my country."

Among his other books are the million-selling legal thrillers "The Firm," "The Rainmaker" or "The Pelican Brief."

These and others have been adapted into blockbuster movies starring such Hollywood heavyweights as Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Matt Damon and Danny DeVito.

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All his books are about lawyers. I wish he'd write a cliffhanger about chartered accountancy or health and safety compliance for a change.

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of course not, he can kick a dead horse, flog a dead horse, whip a dead horse, punch a dead horse, eat a dead horse ect and still millions of people will lap it up.

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What his books lack are decent endings. "The Firm" comes to mind.

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Actually, his books are pretty interesting if you just want something to read. Lately, he has been touching on a few more social topics, but all in all I think they are better than a lot of authors out there.

As far as writing about lawyers, you tend to write what you know. I prefer him staying in the boundries of knowledge than venturing helter skelter like Dan Brown and having to skew plausible reality to create good fiction.

In my opinion, the best fiction is the kind happening around you every day, just skewed 4 degrees.

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Altria...apparently you haven't read Skipping Christmas or A Painted House...they don't have anything to do with lawyers.

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I've got it: A book about aliens coming to Earth. They don't know it, but other aliens had signed a secret contract previous to their arrival to keep a low profile when visiting but didn't bother to tell anyone. So when they arrive, like on the front lawn of the White House, the USA sues them for breach of contract. The aliens are all like WTF! so they hire a Lawyer, and she is sweeeet. Lawrence Fishburn is God, or a wise old man (as usual), and he says, "the aliens are like cool, man!" and everyone is like "Yeah!!"

The end.

For inspiration: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=YQGsdjHTxsQ

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xpompey8... so it is only all the books about lawyers that have a title "The ..."?

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Ah, Altria, what would we do without you?

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I agree with Frank. THe characters tend to be thin, but his writing isn't as dreadful as most pulp fiction.

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Mildred reads his books and say they are really good. I tried to read one, but it had too many long words.

Give me a Batman or Superman comic anyday. Easy to understand, good stories, and colour pictures, musc better than John Grisham.

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One day he's going to run out of nouns to put after 'the'. Then he'll be in trouble.

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no shortage of book ideas- damn!

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What his books lack are decent endings. "The Firm" comes to mind.

Another one where the hero swindled some crooked judges and then his girlfriend swindled him. Why? After all they had gone through together, you'd think she'd stay with the hero. It surprised me, but not in a pleasant way.

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