Thursday, November 4, 2010

Booking Through Thursday

I’ve seen many bloggers say that what draws them to certain books or authors is good writing, and what causes them to stop reading a certain book or author is bad writing. What constitutes good writing and bad writing to you?

That is subjective. But I find that stilted dialogue is a problem. I need it to be natural, more or less how people actually speak. I can take thin plots and weak storylines, but give me bad and stilted dialogue, the book goes down. I once started to read a book that had a dialect. It was some southern (USA) country, post-slavery dialect. Good grief, I read maybe 10 pages of it, and gave up. I can't tell you if it was stilted, because I had no idea what was being said!!


Anonymous said...

It's time like those that I find myself wondering if the audio book would be better.

I recently read Terry Pratchett's latest Tiffany Aching novel and found a similar issue. It really took me out of the book.

Anonymous said...

Excellent answer. :)

Here’s mine:

gautami tripathy said...

I can't get into dialect books either..

BTT: Good or Bad

CMash said...

Another great point, I totally agree.

Anonymous said...

That is definitely a great point.

Tribute Books Mama said...

Good writing is not boring, and peaks your interest, throughout the book.

Bad writing is when a book doesn't have substance & doesn't appeal to the reader in many ways.