James Patterson to be Honored by LA Times

Cue the eye rolls from everyone reading. James Patterson will be given the Innovator’s Award at the 36th LA Times Book Prizes this year. Now these awards aren’t exactly on par with winning a Pulitzer or Nobel or National Book Award, but I imagine any author nominated would be extremely proud and satisfied.

The people behind these awards likely know books and writing better than the average reader. Which is why I think people should take note when things like this happen. Everyone wants to make Patterson out to be this bad guy in publishing. But no one thinks about how many millions of kids are reading his young adult series. No one thinks about how many kids had no interest in reading before picking up one of his books. All everyone sees is money, and that’s just ridiculous.

I know some people will find this news to be laughable, but I don’t. I think he’s highly deserving. He gets kids reading. There’s no denying it.

What do you think of Patterson being honored by the LA Times?

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16 thoughts on “James Patterson to be Honored by LA Times

  1. He’s being honored for innovating? That makes total sense. He has certainly been innovating in the world of writing. Or if not innovating, honest about it where other haven’t been.

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  2. I stopped reading Patterson several years ago, but I certainly wouldn’t say he’s undeserving of this award. He does so much through his juvenile and YA books for kids that he has my support for that alone.

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  3. 100% deserved. He doesn’t just get kids reading, he keeps adults reading.

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  4. It’s great that he uses his power to get kids reading. I don’t like his business model, but he is successful.

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