STATUS: I’m obviously not blogging in the morning…
What’s playing on the iPod right now? BREAKEVEN by The Script
This is strange enough to blog about because it’s happen three times in the last 10 days.
Toughest part is that I know that most writers are going to say that this is not really an answer. And I’m going to have to agree.
So what am I talking about? I’ve read three sample pages recently that were well-written, had good story concepts, and the authors definitely understood craft. But (and isn’t there always a but?) I didn’t ask for a full because I honestly didn’t like the characters in the story enough to spend a whole novel with them.
And yes, I completely get that there is a world of literature out there with unsympathetic characters. In fact, that could be considered a literary tradition.
Yet, it’s too simple to say I’m passing on asking for a full SOLELY for that reason. I have read fiction where the main narrators weren’t wholly sympathetic and yet I found myself totally intrigued by the nuance of those characters and the stories to read the entire novel. My book club’s pick for last month, Lev Grossman’s THE MAGICIANS, comes to mind. I really enjoyed that one.
So there is a balance—that fine line between tough characters and a story that remains gripping despite that.
For a couple of these sample pages, that wasn’t the case—at least for me.
And I know that’s not really an answer but it was the only one I could honestly give.