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Inspired by this post:
Do you ever crave reading cr@ppy books?
Short answer – no, not really.
Yes, I’ve read and enjoyed books that are generally considered to be pretty bad, but I do not, and never have, craved them. When I’ve read them, it’s been by sheer chance, not because I sought them out. When I have sought out books that turned out to be cr@ppy, it’s because people were raving about them and I thought I would check them out to see what the fuss was about. In those cases, I’ve usually been disappointed, because I’ve expected better.
Take the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer. I love vampire fiction and everyone harped on and on about this series for what seemed like forever. Eventually, I gave in and picked them up. They were completely trashy – badly written, populated with paper-thin Emo characters, and plots that are so stale and wishy-washy they should have been thrown out at the planning stages. They’re an entertaining enough read if you’re in the mood, but they’re not something I rate particularly highly and I got nothing more out of them than a way to kill a few hours. Looking back, I wouldn’t rate them nearly as highly as I did at the time (I had been incredibly bored and needed a bit of escapism).
Personally, I can’t understand what it is about this particular series that has people going gaga over them, re-reading them multiple times, and buying multiple copies so they have all the pretty covers (clever marketing ploy, that!). I’d never diss anyone for reading and loving them, but my personal opinion is that they’re total cr@p and I have no desire to ever read anything by this particular author again as I think she can’t write for toffee.
I prefer something I can really get my teeth into. Genre doesn’t really matter to me, so long as the characters are solid, the plot is engaging and the author has a grasp of what constitutes good grammar and shows some flair for storytelling. That could just as easily come from chick-lit as something more high-brow.
PS Does anyone know what’s up with WordPress? I can’t add any pictures to my posts at the moment and it’s really annoying me!
PPS The tags don’t seem to be working either – grrrrr!
ETA: The pictures and tags are working again now – phew!