We recently watched Les Miserables, and at the conclusion I received the pivotal question, "You're an author, why didn't you write this book?"
"Mmmm, yes. Always an observation to make one feel confident in their skills."
Aside from the fact that I'm not French, I did not write Les Miserables because it was not a genre of choice for me. It wasn't Romantic Suspense. At the time he penned Les Mis, Victor Hugo had already become quite political. I'm not one for bringing politics into my writing. Perhaps politics will exist as part of the plot, but never as a personal stand.
But, lets jump back thirty years earlier, when a young, more romantic Hugo wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Is this something I would have written? Well, it was pretty violent. When I was a child I accidentally saw a movie on TV with a hanging taking place. To this day, I can't watch anything like that. I have to close my eyes. I can take blood, gore, etc. ... but not that. So no, I wouldn't have written Hunchback because it had a hanging in it. I also would not have written the book because I always root against Notre Dame in football. And lastly, as Quasimodo once said, "always stick to your hunches." So I listened to him and wrote ENDLESS NIGHT instead, which is equally a literary masterpiece. :)
So I ask the gifted group of authors here, "Why didn't YOU write the Hunchback of Notre Dame?"