Friday, November 2, 2012

Follow Friday #37

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Q: What is a deal breaker for you in a book? For example, do you abhor love triangles? Or can't deal with bad editing?  

A: A deal breaker for me in books is too simple of writing. I am not one that likes tons of details and world building but I do like some. I don't like Sam ran to the car. He opened the door. Sam looked at Diane. I need something more. Another deal break for me is lack of character building. I need to know my characters and on a personal level and I need the characters to have passion, chemistry, and emotions. Which I guess this will also be fixed if the writing is not simple. I say these are deal breakers and for the most part they are, however; if the story is good and I have great character building, and the book is entertaining, I can do a bit more with simple writing. So I guess it's not a a complete deal breaker but can be. So now that I have rambled on and talked myself into a circle, what is your answer?


  1. I need strong characters with lots of depth, too. A deal-breaker for me would be a lack of world-building or lack of explanation as to why a world is the way it is (as in a dystopian/post-apocalyptic novel). I need to know these things! :)

  2. Bad editing is definitely a deal breaker. I've run across books that everyone is raving about and yet I can't get past the first chapter because the editing is so bad. Also, I'm sick of virgins. If I have to read about another virgin (that's not young adult) I'm gonna scream. Ditto in the happy endings that wrap up all neat. A little reality goes a long way with me.

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    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

  3. I think that is why I have trouble with middle grade fiction. Usually the simple writing bothers me -- and it's hard to evaluate or review because I feel like you need to take into consideration the audience it is written for. But, in an adult novel, that will drive me crazy.

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  4. Ahh yes, that kind of writing would be blah. It's like reading a storybook really! The books I tried writing when I was like 13 may have had some simpleness like that, but I've learned lots since then! Now I just need to get an agent but that's not going so well! :P

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  5. I totally agree. Character development is a must. Great answer and thanks for following!

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  6. I totally agree on character development. I need to be able to understand a character in order to like a book. Thanks for stopping by :)
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  7. Those aren't deal breakers for me but it would definitely take away from my enjoyment of the novel if I never got to know the characters or the setting they were in. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Followed back.

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  8. I agree about character development. I want to see them grow of the course of the book or series. Thanks for stopping by my FF. Following you back via GFC.

  9. I agree! I wish more novels were "just right" rather than too detailed or too simple.

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    Alise - My FF Post

  10. Great answers! I really admire books that have intelligent writing and well-turned phrases.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm an old follower! :)

  11. Well said. Yes, I agree. Bad editing is not good! I need to know more to be able to feel what they feel.

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    - Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

  12. Character and world development are big ones for me too! I need to have something to connect with the characters.


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