A great big bunch of stuff, I'm really weird xD I'll give a novel a chance, I'll rarely put something down before finishing it (I've read a tonne of books I utterly hate right to the end) My biggest turns offs are: -Consistently bad writing. I can forgive a few mistakes, especially as I read a lot of self published stuff and those authors can sometimes not afford a professional editor (I totally understand! DN first edition is rife with them) -Insulting or bad representation of a minority, as you said (there's a particular book that made me seriously angry for this reason) -Too explicit. I can handle serious horror and straight up gore and violence, but I skip even the tamest sex scene. Hence I gave up on Game of Thrones.... -Ethicly nasty/abusive romance or similar shown in the wrong light. Some subjects are so delicate that some authors don't handle them very well and it comes off as really alarming. *Cough* Meyer *cough* -Dull characters. I have to care about them for good or ill to keep reading
Here I am writing an essay again! Just thought I'd throw in my thoughts on the subject but I probably talk too much x.x
-Consistently bad writing: That's a big turn off for me as well. I cannot even remotely handle writing if it's got so many flaws, that it doesn't appeal. XD I can handle certain mistakes, like you said, but I do not feel interested in a story if it's very badly written.
-Insulting or Bad Representation of a Minority - That's BIG for me too! Though I haven't ran into this problem so much (I do a lot of research before picking up my novels, and I usually enjoy them) I get angry when woman are badly represented in fiction. I only read books if they contain woman who have power.
-Too explicit: This is HUGE!! Like you, I can handle large amounts of horror and violence, but get incredibly turned off at sex scenes / rape scenes. Sex scenes are not enjoyable for me. I'll put down a book if it's too much.
-Delicate Subjects / Abusive romance: I'm a bit more relaxed on this one. I avoid it in my own works (although I find myself writing about abusive parents / abusive people a lot. Not that my own parents are abusive - maybe slightly in an unintentional way... it's just that I seem to teeter towards dark subjects, as I've had much experience with abusive people in the past).
-Dull characters: I personally agree with that as well. XD
Hahaha, well I wrote an essay as well! XD lol no, you're fine!
-Yeah, I think it's a really distracting thing when you're reading a book and there's just error or bad decision after error or bad decision. Certain books just irk me too much to persevere. As I said though, I'm aware how difficult it is for some self published authors so sometimes I'll be lenient towards things like editing errors.
-You an I have very similar taste! Yeah, though I have had a few surprises, I had a phase when I was a lot younger and still finding out what I liked and didn't like in fiction where I would read literally anything, and I got to the end of some seriously shocking books (obligatory Twilight reference, though it's one of many). I don't mind women who are weakish if there's good balance of characters and it contributes to her character or the the story and there's some development, like there has to be a reason they're written like that and hopefully a story arc where she can overcome it somewhat (if that makes sense). Although I really don't like this recent trend of idolising female characters who kick ass but are still really sumbissive or weak minded (not to mention overly sexualised). It makes me kind of concerned actually.
- Yep, I'm exactly the same! Though if a book is REALLY good, I ask one of my good friends to let me know if there are any scenes I can or should skip over to save myself from being uncomfortable. She's a legend, bless her.
- Oh yeah, well I'm funny with this. It's not that I mind it being included (heck, when I come to the nitty gritty of Dead Nigh's characters, I have some serious sensitive subjects. I have at least one rape survivor and one abusive relationship survivor). I think it needs to be talked about in fiction. what makes me uncomfortable is when it's dealt with badly or insensitively. I mean, I know it's a tired example but the Twilight series had a legitimate stalker situation going on, not to mention a boarderline (heck probably not even boarderline- he feels the need to control her every move and she plays him among a million other problems) abusive relationship but the problem is that's it's set up like a happily ever after and "it's because he loves her" and that is seriously not healthy. I could mention others...That's just the easiest and most famous example Ah yes, but I get the feeling that you handle things really sensitively and do your research ! I know the feeling of hoping people don't assume that because you write about some certain sensitive topics that it's happened to you x.x I'm really nervous about books two and three x.x
Haha, I'm glad we're both like it xD we have really in depth conversations though!
Awww haha;; to be honest, I'm rather slow myself. But sometimes I'm fast too... xD Depends. I can read my own stories pretty fast, but envisioning them is another question;; I usually end up relying on my own wit to create imagery XD It's weird, but it's always been that way for me D:
I think the more you read, the easier it gets. Although I've done plenty of reading, and I'm still rather slow xDDD I love reading regardless though. Sometimes, if I'm really into the story, I'll eat a whole book in one day XD But it depends. My reading skills depend entirely on my mood that day. xD
I really have to analyze textbooks. I'm not sure why xD I get so confused by all of the new words and definitions, that sometimes I have to read it like 2-3 times just to understand it. Even when I do understand it, it can all seem lackluster sometimes, unless it's about a subject I'm interested in, like psychology / sociology.
I guess what I mean, is that when I write, sometimes I don't visualize it as clear as I want to xD I can place all of these words that paint a picture for other people, but for me I'll read it, and it won't paint a picture in my head. People have called me really good at imagery, and for me it's like: I don't know. XDDDD
I agree! XD Right on, I feel you there. It totally depends on my mood and the plot of the book as well. The vocabulary and word structure have to flow in such a manner where I know I am imagining something real within the fiction.
Uh huh. For me, like I've said, I just retain the key words and definitions and nothing more. The rest is just a great big pile of bullshit filler.
Funny how the process seems to be for us artists in different mediums. I do the same thing with music, visual arts, and literature. I'll start throwing ideas onto my "canvas" and from there, I continue to do so until I get into a groove of similarly themed ideas working in tandem. It's a very fun process and it makes me feel good when a finished product arrives from my labour and love. I'm sure you can relate.