This is a meme hosted every Friday by Parajunkee, where book bloggers answer a question each week and check out how others answered it. It's a cool way for bloggers and viewers to connect and learn more about each other!
Question: How important is good writing to you?
Answer: Oh, wow. I have very strong feelings about this topic. Seriously, just ask my family. If I read a book with any grammar mistakes or horrible writing, I rant to no end to anyone who will listen. Honestly, if you want to be a writer and publish your book, there really shouldn't be a ton of mistakes. One or two I can understand, but when it gets to too many, I get to the point where I'm like…
That's why I've become very wary of reading anything that's independently published. Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for all writers and have read some fantastic indie books, but I've had to many experiences where I've read a book by an indie author where there were at least five mistakes per page. After the first chapter, I had no idea how I could make it through the book, no matter how good the story is.
Now, going past grammar mistake and onto writing in general, I need good writing. When I read Fifty Shades of Gray, her writing made me want to bang my head against the wall…
How many more times could Ana bite her lip or talk about her inner goddess? I mean, come on. Give us some variety! And that book was a bestseller!? I guess some people are okay with bad writing and a good story (though I do have to disagree with the "good story" part…really? Fifty ShadesI? I just think people were too excited to finally read erotica in public and the book just happened to be out in the right place and the right time..but that argument is for another time). I, however, can only enjoy a story when the writing is good. The story can be predictable, cliche, and cheesy, but I will still love it if the writing really pulls me into the story and is enjoyable.
Long answer short, good writing is a must for me.