One question on an LI loop caught my attention. The commenter asked: "Would you warn readers against reading a certain book?"
I didn't read the comments to see if anyone would do something like that, or if they'd protest against such behavior. I know what I'd do. If I don't like a book, I don't trash it online, because I'm one person with one opinion and god knows, what most people say online doesn't jibe with how I feel.
Over the summer I tried to read all the books I'd been hearing about for so long. The mega bestsellers that had been made into movies. That included The Lovely Bones (never cried so hard in my life - awesome book), The Millennium Trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc. - amazing - I didn't want the trilogy to end. I kept reading slower and slower because I knew when I got to the last page, that was it. What a bummer. Was depressed for days), a couple of Stephen King books (Can't recall them now. I like his earlier work much better), Intensity (Koontz outdid himself on that one. Was on the edge of my seat through the whole thing and the end made me sob - in a good way).
Okay, so far so good.
Then I got my hands on The Hunger Games. The idea really intrigued me. I couldn't wait to start reading. By the middle of the first book, I wasn't certain how I'd get through the others. I know it was one of the most popular series of all times, but I didn't like Katniss. She seemed whiny to me and disconnected from reality. She seems more worried about what she's going to wear at the games and how she looks than the fact that other kids are going to be hunting her down. I know she's lived with this threat all of her life - that she might be the next one chosen to participate. However, thinking about it and having to do it are two very different things. This isn't the prom we're talking about where the worst thing would be wearing last year's outfit. She could die. The thought of that would certainly make me lose my lunch. I slogged through the first book, then the other two, waiting for them to take fire for me.
Did I go online and trash the series? Hell no. And believe me, I'm not trashing them here. I'm simply stating that they didn't appeal to me. That doesn't mean they were bad; they just weren't for me.
I'm always amazed when anyone goes on Amazon and proclaims about a book - "I asked for my money back!", "If I could give this book zero stars, I would!", "Don't buy this! I'm warning you!"
I can understand posting ratings like that for a vacuum sweeper that caught fire or an electric toothbrush that took the enamel off your teeth. But for a book?
Hell, people, writing is subjective. Taste is super subjective. No way an author can please everyone. The smart ones don't even try.
So, that's my take on this. What do you do when you read something you really, really, really hate?
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