Good Sunday morning to you, dear reader friends 🙂
As I continue to work through the wonderful post ideas that you gave me a few weeks ago, today’s discussion topic comes from Elaine Stock:
As both an author and reader, I’d like to know what makes a reader put down a book and state they cannot read more.
This doesn’t happen to me often but it does happen. Personally, I decide I just can’t finish a book when:
- there’s too much/too graphic cursing or sex
- the writing style is just not my thing
- the writing itself is poor quality (esp. narrative that pretends to be dialogue)
- in the finished copy (not advanced copies) there are too many distracting errors in continuity (that’s a big one for me) or spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation.
- events or characters or dialogue is simply implausible, even for fiction
What about you? What is the last straw for you in a book?