Thursday, May 27, 2010

Book Snob

I'm not the only one, right? Do you ever start reading a book only to find yourself yelling at the author, "Show me, don't tell me!!!!!" Or roll your eyes at every plot hole, unrealistic character twist, or editorial error? (Okay, I let the editing errors generally go by. I used to be a textbook editor, I know how it goes.)

Since when did I become such a book snob?

Well, since I became obsessed with writing and polishing my own manuscripts. It's quite ridiculous. Who am I to critique a published author's work? They paid their dues. I should applaud their success. But, it doesn't always work that way.

I'd like to think subjectivity has something to do with it, but that's not always the case.

What about you? Are you a book snob?


Shannon O'Donnell said...

Not too much. Usually, I can still fall into the story so deep I forget to pay attention. It has to be pretty bad to get me to that point. :-)

Stephanie Thornton said...

I'm pretty open to all sorts of books, but I've discovered the big one for me is characters. If I don't care about the characters, I stop reading.

Regina Quentin said...

I'm a written word snob. I don't judge blog posts, because I know how quickly we all type them off at times, but I do get a bit snobby on books and business e-mails and websites! I know it's silly, and I know I make 100 flow/tense/grammar mistakes a day, but sometimes I can't turn it off.

Have a great weekend!

Karen Strong said...

Ha, maybe I am a book snob. Ever since I really got into my writing, it's very hard for me not see the "structure" behind a book.

But at least when I'm reading a great book, I can learn what TO do.

Nishant said...

I can't turn it off.
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