I have no problem with his books on their own (I've never finished one, but that's not an indictment of anything. Just wasn't my thing), but it's the way they're presented and Patterson himself that make me crazy. The last paragraph of the article sums it up:
Mr. Patterson said that if he simply wanted to make more money, he would have developed another adult series. “I just am convinced that there aren’t enough books like this — books that kids can pick up and go ‘Wow, that was terrific, I wouldn’t mind reading another book,’ ” he said of his “Maximum Ride” series. “The most important thing to me is that more kids read these.”It's the conceit implicit in "I'm convinced that there aren't enough books like this. . . " Of course, authors need to believe that they have something to say and a story to tell, but Patterson takes ego several notches beyond necessity into offensive. It sounds to my ear like James Patterson is condescending to leave money on the table, turn away from his adoring adult fans, and swoop down to save young adult literature with "terrific" books with equally terrific sequels--something he alone can do. Gack!