旦: my “friends-with-benefits” pairing: cutter has multiple friends with benefits actually… so I’m gonna say both cutter-redlance-nightfall and...
Sparks pulls the one beside it off the shelf. “A Farewell to Arms, by Hemingway. Good stuff. That’s what I write,” he says, putting it back. “That’s what I write.”
Cormac McCarthy? “Horrible,” he says, looking at Blood Meridian. “This is probably the most pulpy, overwrought, melodramatic cowboy vs. Indians story ever written.”
Even hearing a passage about a sunset in which “the mountains in their blue islands stood footless in the void like floating temples” doesn’t sway him.
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Sparks’ favorite tale of youth? “I think A Walk to Remember,” he says, citing his own novel. “That’s my version of a coming-of-age.” He pauses and adds: “You have to say To Kill a Mockingbird is an all-time classic.”
Any he thinks are overrated?
“I don’t like to say bad things about others.”
Except McCarthy? “He deserves it,” Spark says with a laugh.
Asked what he likes in his own genre, Sparks replies: “There are no authors in my genre. No one is doing what I do.”