Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Resolving Conflicting Stories

If you follow this blog or my posts on Facebook, you know that I enjoy golf (although the game Jerry and I play might shock purists--we don't keep score). As some kind of reward--I don't even recall what I bought--I get a complimentary subscription to Golf Digest. And the most recent issue contained an interview with writer James Patterson, one that raised an interesting question.

It seems that Patterson's books are published in both Great Britain and the US, and through circumstances that aren't important, the British book was released first. Patterson didn't like the ending, so he rewrote it for the US book. That's all well and good, but it left Patterson with a dilemma. This was a series, and the plot of the new one depended on the ending of the preceding one. How did Patterson handle this? He didn't say.

So here's your chance to be a writer. How would you resolve this conflict? I look forward to reading your solutions in the comments section.

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2 comments:

Patricia Bradley said...

Patterson probably ignored it. lol Or made the original ending a dream. Either way, he had to have two separate books, didn't he?

Richard Mabry said...

He didn't give the details, and I didn't care enough to buy the books, but I would have written at least the first chapter or two of the US and British books individually to take into account the differing endings to the prior ones, then tried to go ahead from there with one narrative.