I agree that Crichton knew how to write a good book, but as good as he was, I don't think he came close to the literal king of literature, Stephen King. Literally everything King writes turns to gold and his work continues to draw upon elements of popular culture, which means everyone can relate to them. I mean, how many other horror writers do you know with books that everyone from your granny to your neighbor has probably heard about or at the very least seen? Every single thing this man has written has climbed to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list or at least made it up high enough to matter. There is a good reason why all of his books get turned into movies or television shows and that is because he knows what people like, what they want to read about and, most importantly, what scares them.