Monday, December 13, 2010


I'm curious today what your pet peeves are in reading fiction. Readers who are NOT writers, please especially chime in. Curious authors want to know! :)

What plots are you so tired of seeing? What character profession is just overly done in your opinion? Is there a style of writing that aggravates you more than others? Do you prefer to see a lot of description in narration or very little? etc. etc. etc.

Do tell! =)


Becky S said...

One thing that comes to mind is when an author sticks a gruesome death in the middle of a sweet story. I like to read stories that point to hope. If the book contains dark elements, then this should be included in the "commercial" on the back cover, in my opinion. Maybe everyone is used to seeing all of that in the movies nowadays, but I think the reader should know in general what kind of read they are in for.

Thank you Betsy for always writing such encouraging stories. Your books involve conflict, but you are creative in the ways you bring it about.

Betsy St. Amant said...

Thanks Becky!! What a nice compliment.

And I agree with you. I don't like being blindsided by graphic violence. Sometimes I felt stories have pushed the limit even when the nature of the book is suspense/thriller and you know there is a bad guy coming. I think some lines shouldn't be crossed in graphic violence in the christian book industry. Just my opinion though, it's not right or wrong. =)