2 comments for “Just read more

  1. September 19, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    All opinion, no facts. πŸ˜‰

    I see a box. I see a box with white lettered labels stenciled on four sides: stereotype, HEA, sex, and perfection… and firmly nailed to the top of this box is a lid that is labeled EXPECTATION.

    Formulaic is bad in many things, and I think writing is one of them. Yes, formula has a massive audience and makes money… but so does fast food. Formulaic will never go away, readers will never stop demanding it, just like fast food.

    I understand the escapism aspect, except I’ve never really understood why escapism can’t be a reader kicking back and enjoying another person’s misfortunes in order to forget their real life worries. It’s an escape in itself to watch another’s struggle, woven in an intriguing plot. (see Stephen King)

    So, to me, expecting a HEA ending is detrimental to my reading experience. Complete destruction of main characters is no better, as I’d rather learn how these folks manage to make their lives better after being put through an author’s wringer. Hope is good enough for me. I’d rather be teased with hope and a little faith in human character. Happily Ever After just seems a lie to me. I like plausible, which gives me some pondering room beyond the end of the book. That’s where my HEA tendencies show… in my imagination.

    But… whatever. Light and tidy has never been something I’ve gravitated toward…

    • September 21, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      Very well put.

      Like you said, only opinions… but I can’t read any story if I ‘know the ending.’ Formulaic doesn’t work for me. I suppose this comes from not having read much romance. HEA is fine as long as I have no idea if it will actually happen. HFN is fine. A sad, heart wrenching ending is fine.

      Surprise me.

      Fuck with my expectations, chapter by chapter. Make me want to read until the end. Having not finished quite a few books lately (even ones being raved about by reviewers), I realize that I’m an atypical reader. I’ll take the grit of Shire’s “The Value of Rain” over some predictable GFY HEA story any day. Being an atypical reader is likely why I’m an atypical writer.

      Back to writing. I’m totally changing this fucking Gaius & Max scene to make it… unexpected. πŸ˜‰

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