Creator / John Irving
John Irving is an American novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of over a dozen novels and the screenplay for The Cider House Rules
. Known for his very idiosyncratic method of working: he always writes the ending of a novel first, and structures the rest of the story towards that ending.
Notable works include
Some tropes in his work include:
- Adaptation Distillation: Of course, with most of his novels topping 500 pages, it's inevitable.
- Adult Fear: The violent death of young children is a recurring motif.
- And I Must Scream : Deconstructed with the Ellen Jamesians in The World According to Garp. The Ellen Jamesians are a group of radical feminists who cut out their tongues in support of a young rape victim.
- Author Appeal : Some strange sex pops up in all of Irving's novels. Also Vienna, Exeter, bears, and wrestling.
- He loves semicolons; a single page of one of his novel is likely to features dozens of them. He jokes this was a point of contention between him and his mentor, Kurt Vonnegut, who hated them.
- Doing It for the Art: Irving just plain loves the process of writing a novel, and considers himself one of the "lucky few" that he has been able to do what he loves nearly every day since The '60s.
- Genre Throwback: All of Irving's books are throwbacks to the plot heavy, Door Stopper novels of the nineteenth century, particularly Charles Dickens.
- Hollywood New England : All of Irving's books take place in New England locations.
- It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: Irving proudly says his books are for the reading public and not critics or academics, and his primary intention is to move his audience, like his hero Charles Dickens. His work has still won awards, including the Oscar!
- May-December Romance : Inverted with A Widow For One Year (a younger man loves much older women). Played straight in other novels.
- The Film of the Book : Five of his novels have been adapted into successful films.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Irving goes out of his way to avert this; you always know what happens to almost every character.
- Write What You Know : Irving attended prep school at Exeter, as do many of his characters, or an Expy of same. He was also a high school wrestler and wrestling coach, and his characters in The World According to Garp are involved with the sport.