Hit Lit

Hit Lit by James W. Hall is an in-depth look into the successful writings of notorious #1 Best Selling fiction works, novels which will prompt a path to decades of enjoyment and be counted among the greats of literary art. A discovery, if you will, of the secret within that captures a mass of readers and lands them lovingly on the shelves of personal as well as public libraries. Books destined to Hollywood.

I suppose many have tried to capture the magic of what makes a great book - well…great. Publishers, agents, authors, and just about anyone in the writing industry has taken on this challenge, only to time and again find the answer elusive. It has to be a special potion or at the very least, a psychic look into the future, right? Well through his deep study and powerful insights, Mr. Hall just might have tapped into a revelation much more sound than some mysterious potion or psychic truths. He takes the old-adage so well known to authors of show- don’t-tell and puts the ideology on steroids. Delving deep into the why and the how with a successful formula with such ease, some might mistake it for something other than the ingenious effort it is. I learned so much from Mr. Hall’s Hit Lit, finding between the pages of one book, what I haven’t been able to capture in classes by renowned teachers. So what makes Hit Lit so different? All I can say is James W. Hall “gets” it and has been generous enough to share it with us.

I want to give a personal thank you from this reviewer to the author. Your writing is a road map and an amazing gift of promise to an aspiring author’s journey. Obviously, I highly recommend Hit Lit. If practiced with the intent the author has instructed this book will open the door for many.

Book Blurb for Hit Lit

Cracking the Code of the Twentieth Century's Biggest Bestsellers


What do Michael Corleone, Jack Ryan, and Scout Finch have in common? Creative writing professor and thriller writer James W. Hall knows, and now, in this fun, witty, and thought-provoking book, he reveals how bestsellers work. Using twelve of the biggest bestselling novels of the twentieth century as case studies—including The Godfather, Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Jaws—Hall offers a fascinating discussion of some of the common features of popular literature. From tempting glimpses inside secret societies, such as submariners in The Hunt for Red October, Opus Dei in The Da Vinci Code, and the brotherhood of shark hunters in Jaws to pivotal personal secrets like those in To Kill a Mockingbird and The Bridges of Madison County, Hall gives us a tantalizing glimpse into the DNA of a bestseller. Featuring fascinating and little-known facts about bestsellers of the last century, Hit Lit is a must-read for fiction lovers and aspiring writers alike, and makes us think anew about why we love the books we love.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2012 5.00