Wrong vs. Fictionalized
I get a lot of very lovely letter from people who enjoyed “Crashers” and I get some who criticize certain portions of it. I like to think I’m pretty thick-skinned about that stuff. Some of the criticism is justified.
But the funniest one I got, by far, was a fella who insisted that I got the details of the airliner in the book wrong.
The airliner in the book is a Vermeer 111.
I made it up.
This gentleman, who I suspect knows a great, great deal about aircraft and who probably works in the industry, insists that the Vermeer has too many engines, four, and two few flight attendants, three.
Folks? There’s a difference between wrong and fictionalized.
When I said Susan Tanaka stepped up on the riser of bleachers in a gym, one reader pointed out that “risers” are the vertical part of bleachers. OK. Got that one wrong.
But the Vermeer? I needed a plane with four engines for part of the plot. I invented one. I could have given it stripper poles in First Class and a yarmulke atop the flight deck, and you really couldn’t call it wrong.