I have been working out of town, with very sporadic internet access… so I am working on catching up with all your blogs.
I realized how subjective writing and reading is the other day. A good friend of mine suggested a book that he thought I HAD to read, so I suggested one in return and went and bought the one he recommended.
I couldn’t get though 15 pages, before I had to put it down… I nearly threw it in the garbage, I hated it so bad.
I am not going to reveal the name of said book, because it is fairly new and don’t want to cast a bad light on it, or to offend anyone who thinks it is good.
It’s a weird deal; if I hated a book you loved, it seems to drive a wedge between people.
I will tell you about an old book that caused the biggest augment me and my best friend ever had. It was: Lord of the Rings
I couldn’t finish the first book, it was slow, hard to get into… and plain boring. I hated it; I don’t know how anyone could like it. The movies were ok, but that’s about it.
And I am sure you might disagree, and all the more power to you… it’s what makes writing an art.
What I am trying to get at? don’t take ever critic to heart, you might have 10 people read your book, to find only one person really got it. Don’t change everything to fit all opinions, focus on the one that has the same taste you do—and work from that one most. I am only talking about subject matter and craft, the technical aspect of writing can come from most anyone versed in advanced story telling.
What’s your opinion?
Read any books you hated that other people loved?
Does it bother you if other people hate the books you love?
Thx for your support, and any comment you might leave!