Dealing with the critics
Brown may be one of the best-selling authors of all time – published in 52 languages with 200 million copies – but that hasn’t stopped some critics giving scathing reviews of Inferno.
“I see headlines and I get a sense of what the reviews are,” he says, sighing. “This book has received mixed reviews. It’s odd. The book is selling so well it’s breaking records. I write the book I want to read. A lot of fans share my taste but some critics apparently don’t.
“You wish everybody loved what you do, but they don’t. Universal acceptance is not a realistic goal and there’s not much I can do about it, so you just have to let it roll off your back and go and meet your fans.”
Indeed, Inferno was already a best-seller before it was published, thanks to pre-sales on Amazon. Yet Brown never forgets that his first
Audrey Tautou and Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code, based on Brown’s book – one of the world’s bestselling novels