I found this interview by EW with Dan Brown–
I think he’s right. People are just jealous because he’s made BIG time money from his handful of books. If he’s such a bad writer, why do people read him? Maybe it does say something about the state of American intelligence but I’m for ANY book that gets people reading. Any–ALL–reading is a good thing!
excerpt from the interview:
With all the hoopla surrounding the publication of The Lost Symbol, do you miss that sensation of being newly discovered?
Now there’s enormous anticipation, enormous expectation. If the book weren’t good I’d be terrified. There’s so many critics who complain that I’m not William Shakespeare or William Faulkner or whoever it is. That’s exactly the point. They’re right. I write books in a very specific and intentional way, blending fact and fiction, writing in a very modern, efficient style that just serves the story. Some people understand what I’m doing and other people should just go read somebody else.