View Full Version : Truth is as strange as fiction...

03-03-2006, 11:22:28

So... Al Fayed has basically copied the premise of one of Christopher Brookmyre's novels by building a hotel on an oil rig... the exact one used in his novel in fact.

It's a great book. Here's what he has to say about the coincidence:

There is a question loathed and dreaded by every novelist who has ever faced an audience in the service of pimping his or her wares, unfailingly voiced at every event at every bookshop in every city. That question is: "Where do you get your ideas from?" We hate it for two reasons. One, obviously, is that we hear it more often than Is This the Way to Amarillo?, but the deeper one is that we seldom know the answer and don't much like contemplating that fact. Inspiration isn't something that can often be reverse-engineered. Sometimes an idea simply comes to you and strikes you as intriguing or exciting and thus worth further development. In 1998, however, I was inspired by an idea because it was just so utterly, horribly, gloriously awful, a colossally stupid, misbegotten bastard of a notion that appealed due to its tastelessness, vulgarity and vainglorious misadventure.

One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night featured Gavin Hutchison, a driven, successful, ruthless but catastrophically insecure businessman whose self-destructive act of hubris is to build a luxury hotel complex on top of a decommissioned oil platform in the Cromarty Firth. Ringing any bells this morning? Yes, I did say the Cromarty Firth. Even the location is the same. It was, I believed, a ridiculously far-fetched concept, drawing knowingly upon the implausible excesses of the 80s Hollywood action movie. Anything Joel Silver could do, I could do dafter. But not quite as daft as Mohamed Al Fayed, apparently, who this week has announced he will be undertaking the venture for real.

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03-03-2006, 11:30:21


03-03-2006, 12:15:41
Time is a strange thing. Clearly the ideas come from precognition. He became aware of Al Fayed's idea before it was even made known to Al Fayed.

03-03-2006, 12:22:24
:lol: - quality stuff.

03-03-2006, 12:48:09
So did he do it because of the book, or didn't he know about it?

03-03-2006, 12:54:41
I don't know.

03-03-2006, 12:59:01
why not?

03-03-2006, 13:02:13
Gavin's resort bankrupted him before being blown up by hijackers, with him still on it. I believe in happy endings.