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Patrick A. Smith

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Its all in the eye of the reader
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 1:54 PM
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Let me begin by saying that I'm not talking about poor cove rs, poor ed iting, gram mar and sp*elling. Those bks should never be pbd until they are ready.

What I'm talking about is that once in a while i see a post where some aut hor is calling certain types, genr es, or whatever other ppl write, junk.

Admittedly, there are types I don't like, but does that make them junk? NO. Everyone likes diff types of reads. Furthermore, when one auth or cuts down another's chosen gen re, whatever it is, from so called liter ary, to wild fic tion, I would never bother to read that criti cal aut hor's so called good work.

If one's trea sure is another's tra'ash then just don't buy it. But don't knock it.

I'm a firm believer that when anyone honks their own horn, they are simply running their own battery down!
thrasherll

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Re: Its all in the eye of the reader
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 10:37 PM   in response to: Patrick A. Smith in response to: Patrick A. Smith
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I agree completely. I'm not a big fan of some genres, sci-fi and romance, for two. But I do read books in those genres when I hear so many positive comments about them that I know the writing and/or storytelling must be impressive. And it often is. I firmly believe I was able to learn write because I learned to read and then I read and read and read all kinds of novels and short stories. I still do, and not just ones in the genre in which I write.

L. L. Thrasher
Mrs Julia Evans

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Re: Its all in the eye of the reader
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 5:07 AM   in response to: Patrick A. Smith in response to: Patrick A. Smith
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I'm in agreement with both you and Thrasher.

When I review any work on the community, I always make it clear when I'm not a fan of the genre, as it's sometimes relevant to my comments, especially if I'm not finding the story particularly engaging. Of course, when it's not a genre I like, but the author manages to capture my attention and I'm enjoying what I'm reading, I'm always happy to tell them, as it's not an easy thing to do. In my mind, that's a sign of a job well done.

However, just because I don't like a genre doesn't mean I can't respect the work an author put it to writing about it. The writing, the formatting, the editing etc. requires the same effort and dedication to get right no matter what you're writing about, regardless of the skill level of the author. As a fellow author, I always respect the effort, even if I don't like the story.

I haven't seen the 'junk' comments you refer to, but would hope we wouldn't see them bandied around too often.

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Re: Its all in the eye of the reader
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 5:14 AM   in response to: thrasherll in response to: thrasherll
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For many years I shunned romance after someone in high school showed me their book and it had so many grammar mistakes I almost cried. Then, when I started writing and staring at dialog like it was a snake to bite me, I picked up romance books to read because I figured they'd have the most dialog of all since that's mostly all they deal with. (OK, that was my weak excuse for breaking down and seeing what the deal was with a certain 'shades' novel.) Lo and behold, I realized these stories weren't all that bad and many were well written. There's something comforting about a guaranteed HEA and I'm always amazed at how the same plot framework can have such vastly different content between authors.

I gravitate to certain genres, but can and will read books outside those areas when I find them interesting and well written.
writerbn

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Re: Its all in the eye of the reader
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 5:20 AM   in response to: Patrick A. Smith in response to: Patrick A. Smith
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There are genres that I simply won't read, because I have zero interest in them, but there are authors in those genres selling tons of books. They must be doing something right.

Of course, there are badly written books in any genre, but that's another story.
Patrick A. Smith

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Re: Its all in the eye of the reader
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 4:42 PM   in response to: thrasherll in response to: thrasherll
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thrasherll wrote:
I agree completely. I'm not a big fan of some genres, sci-fi and romance, for two. But I do read books in those genres when I hear so many positive comments about them that I know the writing and/or storytelling must be impressive. And it often is. I firmly believe I was able to learn write because I learned to read and then I read and read and read all kinds of novels and short stories. I still do, and not just ones in the genre in which I write.

L. L. Thrasher


That's good.
I too, am not a fan of every genre, but everyone has the right to write what he or she wants.
Patrick A. Smith

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Re: Its all in the eye of the reader
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 4:50 PM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
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Mrs Julia Evans wrote:
I'm in agreement with both you and Thrasher.

When I review any work on the community, I always make it clear when I'm not a fan of the genre, as it's sometimes relevant to my comments, especially if I'm not finding the story particularly engaging. Of course, when it's not a genre I like, but the author manages to capture my attention and I'm enjoying what I'm reading, I'm always happy to tell them, as it's not an easy thing to do. In my mind, that's a sign of a job well done.


Yes it is.

However, just because I don't like a genre doesn't mean I can't respect the work an author put it to writing about it. The writing, the formatting, the editing etc. requires the same effort and dedication to get right no matter what you're writing about, regardless of the skill level of the author. As a fellow author, I always respect the effort, even if I don't like the story.

I think that's the way we should be.

I haven't seen the 'junk' comments you refer to, but would hope we wouldn't see them bandied around too often.

Hopefully not. I once saw a book that I literally despised the very subject and everything about it, but I didn't say anything about it on here. We must respect free'dom of the press!
Patrick A. Smith

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Re: Its all in the eye of the reader
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 4:58 PM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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writerbn wrote:
There are genres that I simply won't read, because I have zero interest in them, but there are authors in those genres selling tons of books. They must be doing something right.

Yep.

Of course, there are badly written books in any genre, but that's another story.

True.
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