Review of A Classic: Finneys Invasion of The Body Snatchers

To keep it simple and basic: Jack Finney's Invasion of The Body Snatchers succeeds first and foremost because it's a great story. If there was nothing else to be said about it, just that it's a great story, that should be more than enough to keep it on the bookshelves for the next generation to enjoy as much as the last.

However, as with most of Finney's work, it's not just the story that makes Invasion of The Body Snatchers timeless, it's also the storyteller. Reading Finney is like sitting out on the front porch, watching the neighbors come and go, and talking about how your day went. There's a hominess, an honesty, that lends credibility to every word. Add his sense of humor and obvious intelligence to the mix and you'll follow him into the strangest, most bizarre events without question.

Critics have called Invasion of The Body Snatchers an allegory for everything from the McCarthy hearings to the Cold War. It was published in 1954, a time when such connections were easy to make. However, in correspondence with Stephen King, Finney said, "I have read explanations of the 'meaning' of this story, which amuse me, because there is no meaning at all; it was just a story meant to entertain, and with no more meaning than that."

But it is a story with a strong underlying truth. That truth is this: no matter how well you know a person, you never really know him. Is there anything more frightening?

David Silva
The Successful Writer
http://thesuccessfulwriter.com

10 Tips To Help You Pack More Power Into Your Business Writing

1. Before you write anything down define not what you want to say, but what... Read More

The Importance of Writing Clearly for Business

Creating written documents reveals so much about you and your business skills. Your writing tells... Read More

Print-On-Demand: A Definition and a Comparison

The purpose of this article is to consider Print-On-Demand publishing as an alternative for the... Read More

The Bottomless Notebook

Reading through a writer's notebook or journal is like discovering pearls, rubies and diamonds amidst... Read More

How Long is a Chapter?

How long should your chapters be?I can't resist... I have to say it. "How long... Read More

Common Writing Mistakes - Are These Holding You Back From Writing Success?

During the years that I've been teaching writing and participating in writers' critique sessions, I've... Read More

Six Tips for Creating More Lifelike Story Characters

Working on my first humorous novel, I started with a single character. I followed suggestions... Read More

What is Screenwriting?

Simply put, it is the art of writing scripts for a visual medium. Unlike a... Read More

The Spectre Hound

And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring, and its wild bark thrill'd around,... Read More

10 Tips on How to Cultivate Relationships with Editors

If you are an aspiring writer, or you simply want to augment your professional qualifications... Read More

Formats for Writing Life Narratives

Q and A.Best choice when subject is very verbal or there are two or more... Read More

Do You Know How To Write English For Global Audiences?

When you write for international audiences, mainly directly in English, you will need to develop... Read More

Message to Online Writers: Dont Give Up On A Good Idea

The writing community is a strong one, with many new "members" joining daily. All theser... Read More

Through the Eyes of an Artist

As writers, we initially tend to be either more cerebral or emotional than perceptive. Its... Read More

Top Seven Essential Hot-Selling Points To Implement Before Writing Chapter One

Every part of your book can be a sales tool. When you include the below... Read More

Celebrating Writing and Life

Every morning I excitedly get out of bed. Just a few minutes of goals and... Read More

Whats Missing in your Nearly Finished Book?

Bookcoaching clients come to me at different stages of writing their books.... Read More

The Cost of Being a Writer

You are the only one who knows what being a writer means to you.You are... Read More

Get Published: The Nuts and Bolts of Good English, and How to Impress a Publisher (1)

Not all writers write good grammar. That's a fact. It's no big deal. Well, mostly... Read More

Top Seven Ways to Select a Book Topic That Sells

Authors need to write their book according to their target audiences' needs and wants. You... Read More

How to Pitch a Story

Ever wonder why we refer to convincing an editor a story is worthy by "pitching... Read More

If The Viewpoint Character Is A Secondary Character, Have You Established Who He is?

Creative Writing Tips ?I have said above that if a secondary character tells the story... Read More

Essay Types and Modes Youll Need to Write for College

~TYPES~You Want Us to Write What? Understanding the Task AssignedWhich academic essay writing types we... Read More

Make Your Mark Upon Humanity

The greatest gift you have to give to yourself and humanity is the book, the... Read More

Write Again! - The Art Of The Written Letter

Remember the days when we wrote with pen and paper? We took time and thought... Read More

Discover the Writer Hiding Inside You

Has the thought run across you mind that you might want to write a column... Read More

Screenwriting ? Five Golden Insights

Originality emerges from structure. Once you have a story idea, you can expand the idea... Read More

2nd Installment on Autobiography

ESSAY 2Andre Malraux once said that what interested him in any person was "the human... Read More

The Myths Of Writing: Have You Bought Into These?

There is an image most people carry of the artist (think Van Gough's self-portrait, the... Read More

The Blank Mind

Many writers stare at the blank page or clean computer screen and wait for inspiration... Read More

Personal Journaling - Strategies To Make It Easy

Recently I was watching the Oprah show and it was about doing something really great... Read More

Every Result is an Asset

Not long ago, I went to an Internet Marketing Seminar. One of the speakers was... Read More

How to Relax Your Writing

Q. My writing sounds stiff and stilted. Help!A. Memories of high school and college papers... Read More

8 Ways to Write a Winner Book Fast!

Have you given up on getting your book out of your heart into the hands... Read More

Important Points of Fiction

Fiction manuscripts receive feedback that addresses and scores:· The theme of the book· Character development... Read More

The Prologue - When to Use One, How to Write One

What is a prologue? When should you use one? Should you forget about a prologue... Read More

Baby Boomers and Booklets ? Share and Share Alike

As one of those fabulous Baby Boomers, you now own a lifetime of valuable experiences,... Read More

Five Minute Miracles

FIVE MINUTES ... Is All You Need ........to phone a friend ..... peel potatoes for... Read More

Overcoming Writers Block

Do you suffer from writer's block? Is there a pending project you are putting off... Read More

Power Writing 101: Tips and Tricks to Get You Taken Seriously!

In my ten years as an advertiser, I've encountered plenty of folks with a flair... Read More

Multiplying Sales As A Writer

Often, time is an enemy of writers. Sales seem slow and checks too small. How... Read More

Why Should You Use Worksheets For Proofreading?

Proofreading worksheets are a great tool to help individuals open their eyes to the mistakes... Read More

Apostrophe Usage Made Simple

According to one of my previous articles, whenever a Southerner says "Y'all watch this," get... Read More

Publication Road

The journey to having my first novel for children published has been riddled with road... Read More

Screenwriting and Screenwriters ? beyond Syd Field

Without denigrating the work and contribution of Syd Field to the art of screenwriting, it... Read More

Write For Yourself First

It would be very selfless or noble of me to tell you that I have... Read More

Platform Development Tip #1: Switch Writing Hats!

Around eighty percent of nonfiction books today are written by "experts," that... Read More

Cheap Therapy

I call it cheap therapy. That gushing, near-religious, poured-from-the-body stress release that comes after writing... Read More

Authors-Stop Expensive Mistakes Before you Spend on Professional Services

So many clients come to me as a book or marketing coach telling me... Read More

How I Became a Syndicated Columnist -- And You Can Too!

Real Estate has "Location, location, location," and writing has "Clips, clips, clips."When people ask me... Read More