Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Dumb readers or lazy writers?
Yeah, I know that's about to tick some people off & I hope it does. 'Cause I got to be honest, ya'll. I've read and heard some really bad books these past couple of weeks. It's left me wondering WTF?? These are not self-published or vanity books. I'm talking about books written by multi-published authors, sometimes (shivering in fear) NYT best-sellers. I'll give you an example but I'll change the words a little to protect the innocent (me) & avoid the wrath of the guilty (author).
"I'm hungry. You're hungry. We are both very hungry." Seriously, ya'll, this is a true, printed & published sentence.
Now I know not everything I write is golden & not everyone will love or even like my books. I get it & I'm okay with it :) However what I don't get or refuse to accept is the need to dumb down my books for readers. Umm, hello I AM a reader too & I'd be pissed if I knew an author did it to me. So here's the question do we enjoy our favorite authors because of the stories they weave or the fact that's their books are easy to understand and follow? I'll tell you right now there are some books out there that make my head hurt, too many people, plots & other crap thrown in. Other people adore these books. Yep, I know whatever floats your boat, but still...
Have we as readers become so lazy that we can't take the time to expand our vocabularies and/or boundaries? Where do we drawn the line from "Dick see Jane. Dick like Jane. Dick have freaky sex with Jane." And that's supposed to be a romance? Where? Did I miss it? Maybe I blinked or sneezed? Could be I'm old fashioned, but I like to have my sex with a little side of emotion. Prime example of what I don't enjoy: Heroine captured by bad guys. Hero wins her in a battle of strength. Hero & Heroine have never met before. Hero carries heroine into his man cave of love. Hero tells heroine they will now have sex. Heroine begs him not to. Hero touches her boob. Heroine begs him to have sex with her. BOOM after glow & they are in llllloooooovvveeee. I think I threw up a little in my mouth just typing that. YUCK!
Please explain it to me 'cause I'm must not be getting it. Maybe I'm too dumb to understand the intricate yet simplistic plot above?
Hey, don't throw frogs at me yet. I love a good hot m/f sex scene as much as the next hetro women, but I want a little more than slid slot A into tab B.
Then again maybe it is just me. Opinions, accusations, thoughts, brain farts? Anyone?