Saturday, September 10, 2011
"Because nobody would really react like that..."
This is kind of a rant so bear with me. lol! I've been reading some book reviews on Amazon (not mine) trying to find some books to order because I'm running out of authors. Anyhoo, so I'm reading these reviews and starting to get really irritated with what some of these people are saying. Now, I know it's different strokes for different folks and all, but the biggest problem I'm having in these reviews is when the reviewer says something like "It was so unbelievable because no one would really act/react like that" (my own paraphrase. lol!) Because this is something I've discovered...real people regularly react in ways that are confounding, puzzling, amazing, unbelievable, contradictory, etc., etc., etc. They do things I would never think they would do. Women stay with cheating/abusive husbands. Men stay with lazy/bitchy wives. Couples live together for years without sex or having a real conversation. People divorce over ridiculous reasons like toilet seats (up or down). Customers sue because hot coffee is actually hot. Believe me I could go on and on. So if you want to criticize a book because of poor writing, or editing, or pacing, or character development...great. But to say that the character didn't react like YOU would have reacted is to discount the fact that people are people and liable to react in all sorts of ways. End of rant. Thank you for your time. :)