I spent the weekend reading and relaxing. I didn't even check my phone for messages for two days! As I mentioned I got a new toy for Christmas; a NOOK (electronic book). I really like it, despite the fact that I never ever thought I'd get one due to my love for actual books made of paper. I couldn't wait to go e-shopping for e-books. I found several but decided to start off with two by author's that I've read before and admired--both have written stories n the interracial genre.
To my supreme disappointment, I noticed that the first book was mostly filler. What I mean is that a publisher will say; I need a novel with 180,000 to 200,000 words. But you only have a story with 60,000 words (Like what happened with me when I'd written JUICY). So instead of just developing the story, maybe broadening it, a writer will just fill it with 'fluff'. The first story was so tedious that I broke my first rule by skimming through much of it. I won't mention the Author because in general it is a person that has written amazing pieces of work. In this case the Author filled the story with horrendous novels read by one of the characters. These novels within the story took up about a quarter of the book and was freaking tedious! I truly felt jipped out of a complete story as the Author attempted to just 'pad' it to increase the word count.
So...moved on to the next book. SAME THING!! This author wasn't quite as obvious but when you have multiple 'dream sequences' repeating the same tedious theme or memories that go on pages and pages...and in both cases they were romances with no sex! There wasn't even unsatisfactory Harlequin Romance sex!
I won't blame this on just e-books, obviously they can be purchased in paper form. I read a newly published book by Dean Koontz (I don't mind mentioning his name because there is nothing I could say that would hurt this man's popularity!), it was the most recent in his Brother Odd series and I noticed the same thing. I was not satisfied by the story in the least and felt that he wasted too much paper (haha) talking about boring, unimportant things.
Sigh, I've become spoiled by the free stories on Literotica. On that site you get a story; good story, bad story, but you get a story--not a bunch of filler! Am I the only person noticing this? Or is it because I'm engrossed in being a 'good' writer that I'm noticing things that I would not do. Take Stephen King. I love King. I can tell you that he is my favorite writer. That is not to mean that he is the best writer, but his style, his stories, his 'weirdness' just clicks with me. And when he writes a good story, well nothing tops him in my opinion. But he wrote a story called Under The Dome. Has anyone read it? Oh, I don't mean has anyone STARTED it, I mean has anyone COMPLETED it? The book is promising; great concept but so freaking tedious. It has always been my complaint with King; that he goes in to far too much detail--hey, maybe I do, as well for some readers. But I still love the guy. But I had to put down Under The Dome when he started writing from the POV of a woodchuck. That was just too much...
Now, I believe in writing constructive reviews that may be deemed as negative, but only because I would want a new writer to see where there is room for improvements. But for the two Author's that I read over the weekend; shame on you for forgetting the reason behind writing! Shame on you for cheating a fan out of your best! I still won't mention them because I don't ever want my criticism to 1) Effect someone's ability to get paid 2) feel that I am tearing them down. But they've both written quite a few books, one even has a blogspot on Blogger (and might even be an anonymous follower).
I will probably provide feedback expressing my displeasure on my NOOK where you have an option to post a rating. But just wondered if anyone else has noticed this.