So, reading through my last blog post and the comments, I see all that I left out of my explanations. I won't go into major detail, but I do want to clarify some things.
What I wrote:
It seems to be that the general public wants to read something that's not only entertaining, but easy, quick. Maybe it goes along with the Fast Food Generation (you can Have It Your Way almost anywhere these days).
What I meant:
Since the books that get a bad rap become best sellers, there is a market for them. General readers do like them. Obviously not everbody, though.
I find it difficult to read any book straight through now that I "know the rules". All the little "broken rules" jump off the page at me. It's sad, really.
I also don't find anything wrong with someone saying (whether in a review or in general) that they didn't enjoy a book for whatever reason. We all have our opinions, some people read only certain genres, some read many. I'm somewhere in between. It's helpful if someone points out why they didn't like a book, it let's me decide if that's something that will bother me or something I don't mind in my reading. And, of course, there's always stuff I love and other stuff I don't care for, regardless of writing style. For me, it's all about character development and a strong plot - in that order.
What I don't care for is the sweeping: How did this person get published? They suck. Not only does that insult the writer, but it insults every reader that doesn't agree.
Anyway, I'm done now. Thanks for the comments, it seems you guys got my point no matter how whack it was ;)
Apparently I signed up for a blogfest that I have no recollection of, lol. I guess that will be tomorrow's post. Also Christine Danek is having a contest for reaching 100 followers -she deserves them.
Editing this in late: I meant to put this in with the other links. Kristi is hosting a great critique contest on her blog. Any two paragraphs - awesome!
I received another award from the awesome SarahJayneSmythe. I think this award was made with her in mind.
I am unsure if this one has rules? But, I'd like to pass it along to: Talli Roland, Susan Fields and my favorite Palindrome, Hannah. There were plenty of others I had in mind, but I know they've received it - more than once in many cases. Really, this is such a supportive community and everyone that comments here regularly deserves this from me- so if you don't have it, and you want it, please take one. But just one, let's not be greedy now. Seriously, thanks to everyone :)