I finished the 2nd book in an insanely good trilogy today by Lisa McMann (Fade in her Wake trilogy – in case you were curious).
I generally don’t love series and trilogies, but I can’t get enough of these people.
It’s been a long time since a book has dragged me in and not let me go.
It used to happen all the time. With almost every book.
Now it’s rare. I even recently purchased a new release from one of my FAV-EVER authors – I read the first bit, got busy, and I know I’ll read the rest, I’m just not dying to.
BIG CHANGE FOR ME.
I used to scoff in my college lit classes when the professor would talk about symbolism and word placement. I no longer scoff (okay, still sometimes). I now understand how many times an author “chooses” a particular word over and over through first drafts and second drafts and revisions, and edits…
Earlier today I had this terror moment of –
Have books lost their magic for me?
And I’m not 100% over the panic of this realization because my perception of stories and writing has changed so much over the past few years. I see the mechanics side of it. I understand the editing side. The detail side. It’s really hard to let that go and just READ. It’s harder to find myself in that glorious moment of having a willing suspension of disbelief so I can enjoy the story.
I’m at this place where every little thing matters. I can’t keep reading if there are inconsistencies in plot, character or action. I start to second-guess the author. Then the story doesn’t feel genuine. Then… At that point I don’t care.
I’ve even read some fantastic books that didn’t grab me and make me obsess like they would have even five years ago. Maybe it’s the writing or the story, but most likely it’s the voice.
Things have changed. I’ve changed. My perception has changed. My tastes have changed.
This is fine, it just means I always need to read the first chapter before I buy… 😉
It also means that I really really savor the books that do pull me in.
So, for the authors out there – Do you find yourself getting pickier about what you want to read the longer you write?
And for the readers – Do you find yourself getting pickier the more books you read?