I have been reading way too much dross lately. I’m looking pointedly at Amazon’s ‘top 100 free‘ list, because it’s primarily to blame. I had an awesome run of free books initially, but lately I’m getting a lot of the same – blurbs/prologues which are interesting, and then chapters which do not deliver, or take huge diversions. I’m really disappointed. (Yes, I am cheap. I’m a stay at home mother, with three kids, and while my husband earns enough to take care of us, there isn’t room in the budget for many book purchases – I know these days, that in many cases you DO get what you pay for).
I mean, I WANT to know what happens in many of these books. I really do. But as soon as things go downhill – whether it’s bad writing, crappy characters, INSTANT LOVE/LUST, constant mentions of his gorgeous blue eyes and his amazing body blah blah blah, I just can’t keep reading. It’s like the junk food of the literary world and I feel bloated and gross from it.
I get that out there, somewhere, there are people (and many of them, I believe) who like this stuff. They like the fact that things are repeated a gajillion times, they want these constant reminders of character quirks, and features. They want all the mundane details.
I, however, do not. I am an intelligent reader. I want to read books written for intelligent readers.
Last night I made a point of deleting every single annoying book of my Kindle. I don’t care that I am intrigued by some of the prologues. I don’t care that some of them are fairly well written. I simply cannot bring myself to wade through pages on pages of excess rubbish to get to the pay off – which, by the way, may or may not be worth the painful process of getting to that point.
Are short stories to blame? Am I struggling with so many novels because I just don’t see the point for half the stuff written? Just because you have many thousand more words to write a novel, it doesn’t mean you should fill it up with rubbish. I don’t want to read about what your characters have for breakfast every day – unless it’s important to the plot point. Sure give me details, but only the ones I need. I’m more than capable of filling in the blanks, just give me the stuff that matters. Tell me about the gun on the table that will come into play 5 chapters later when it’s used to kill an intruder, but don’t bother to mention it if it’s not important.
Anyways. Rant off. I’m not going to be wading through things I don’t enjoy from now on. I just can’t do it any more. It’s killing my reading buzz. I’m detoxing from the bad stuff, and going on a ‘pure awesome’ reading diet.
Have you read any amazing, clean, uncluttered, interesting, beautiful, challenging, emotion causing novels lately? I want to read something that makes me feel something other than annoyed.