Being a picky reader sucks
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a book that everyone else loved, and ended up hating it. I feel like I’m almost always the black sheep compared to the majority of the population. Sometimes I really feel like I’m missing something that made them like it, but sometimes I wonder: Am I just too picky?
Here’s a few examples:
- I don’t like most romance. If it’s not written a certain way, I’m not going to like it. (I had a discussion about this a couple weeks ago)
- I need extensive world building (sci-fi & fantasy). If I have any questions at all about a world, then to me it’s not done right. I want to know everything there is to know about it!
- I have trouble connecting to most characters. The writing has to be very special for me to feel true empathy with characters, and to tell you the truth it doesn’t happen much anymore. I need feels, man! If a book gives me no feels, it’s not going to get a good rating.
- I can’t read anything historical. Even the thought of it makes me sleepy.
- I only read certain genres. Anymore, I feel like I’m not interested in much besides sci-fi and fantasy. I have trouble branching out, and when you stick to the same genre aaalll the freaking time, it starts to all feel the same after a while. But I just can’t get into most contemporary or paranormal romance.
- I can’t stand most love triangles. I can count the number of times a love triangle has worked for me on one hand. 9 times out of 10, they just piss me off!
- I need originality. If a book feels exactly the same as the last 6 books I read, I’m going to struggle keeping my attention focused on the book.
- I like to be surprised. It seems like these days not much of anything surprises me in fiction. In fact, I can usually call things before they happen. Perhaps because when you read/watch as much fiction as I do, things start to seem predictable?
I’ve actually had people ask me why I read a book if I’m not going to like it.
YOU CAN’T TELL FROM THE SYNOPSIS WHAT THE BOOK IS GOING TO BE LIKE. See all those criteria up there? Unless there’s a label on the book that says “CAUTION: Contains love triangle” or “CAUTION: World building is mediocre” HOW am I supposed to be able to know that stuff?! I can’t just read a book and like it for the idea of it. I need too many things to be done a certain way. I’m also a really tough rater. I don’t give out 5 stars easily.
“Well, then why aren’t you more selective?”
Actually, I am selective. Normally, I only want to read sci-fi and fantasy. Either way, I only pick up a book if it sounds interesting to me. If I read something I normally wouldn’t like, it’s only with good reason (i.e. someone whose opinion I trust liked it). Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t. It just depends on the book. The point is, you have no way of knowing what the book is truly like until you read it. Sometimes a synopsis can be misleading! And to tell you the truth, when people ask me that, I just want to tell them to f*ck off. Do you really think I would pick up a book with the intention of hating it? Really? Ain’t nobody got time for that.