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.

Just fiction.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on August 19, 2010, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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