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The Success of Michael Crichtons Novels in the Media Industry One only has to look at the astonishing opening weekend of Paramount Pictures action adventure thriller Congo which was universally panned by critics to be reminded of the power of the person who created the underlying material Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton The films whopping 246 million opening which shocked insiders underscored the value to Hollywood of an exclusive club of best-selling writers Eller 3 Michael Chrichtons novels all have their similarities He seems to follow a pattern which is working very well for him He picks a hot-button subject and uses it to lend his novels a glossy veneer of topicality He casts his novels with some really detestable villains so attentive readers will automatically know who to root for He ends each chapter on a scary cliff-hanging note to make sure that readers will keep reading regardless of the characters vapidity He includes many frantic chase scenes or race-against-the-clock scenes that will translate graphically onto the screen He puts plenty of technical pseudo-specialist talk into his characters mouths to give readers the illusion that theyre learning something as they quickly flip the pages Kakutui 3 Michael Crichton has definitely made a boom in the entertainment industry Whether it is his top grossing movies or his top rated television shows like ER which took a leading twenty prime-time Emmy nominations last year including best drama Carter 23 Crichtons latest movie Congo which had a great opening weekend was one of his successes This movie was based on a book that Crichton wrote in the early 80s long before he became the entertainment powerhouse that he is now Chrichtons novels seem to be written for big screen translations Brom 14 Publishers say that they cant recall a time since Jaws and The Exorcist two decades ago when movies gave such a boost to
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