I'd heard too many times about how readers can be so disappointed by favorite authors that they'd stopped reading their books. For a long while, before I learned more about the do's and don'ts of good writing, I really enjoyed reading Danielle Steel romances. The problem with too much knowledge is I came to realize her writing was sloppy and repetitive. In how many books did the heroine's lover or husband have to die so she could go searching for a replacement? After deciding not to read any more of Danielle's books, I did try a few times to reverse that decision when I spotted new releases at the library. After all, her books were easy reads, escapism, and it was kind of comforting to know what to expect. That was then. Now I have a huge TBR pile, and don't need to settle for second best.
Danielle Steel has built up an audience and might get away with churning out books that could be better, yet how much is too much before a reader won't buy a book, or will close one without finishing it?
If I'm reading a good story that is told well, I'll forgive an author for a few slipups, whether intentional or otherwise. However, if the slipups start to intrude on my enjoyment and take me out of the story, I won't waste time reading dredge. Like I mentioned before, there are too many quality books waiting to be read.
What author errors won't I forgive? Here are some of them:
- Unclear and/or wrongly placed point of view changes, sometimes even in the same paragraph. I need to know who I'm rooting for and when.
- Author intrusion of his or her point of view, unless it's a memoir. Don't tell a reader what to think.
- A multitude of spelling errors. I expect a few in a book, but not tons of them. Someone said ten were normal, but that seems a lot. If I spotted five, I'd have to be very interested in a book to keep reading.
- Characters that do stupid things that don't make sense; such as heroines who deserve to die because they go out of their way to put themselves in danger when a safe solution is apparent.
- Characters introduced near the end of a mystery for the sole purpose of solving a crime. Where did that person come from? All of a sudden he or she did it. What a letdown.
Forever Young: Blessing or Curse is about a 55 year old widow who turns 24, and may not live to regret it.
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