>Wednesday interlude

>I’m just finishing reading a novel for research purposes and I almost chucked it across the room last night in frustration and disgust – not prudish disgust, but disgust that this tripe is being published. (Note: research materials do not appear in my “currently reading” section in the sidebar, those are purely for pleasure and/or self advancement.)

There were 10 consecutive pages (apx 2,500 words) of gratuitous sex (aka “padding”), which I ended up scanning and skipping. It’s a short novel anyway (apx 50,000 words), these 10 pages did nothing to move the story forward, nor did they move the relationship along (aka “gratuitous”). Is this excessive, am I indeed being prudish, or do I suffer from sour grapes?

When the writer wrote (I kid you not) “… the floor rocked a bit beneath her feet …”, I had to cast around for the sick bucket. Why is this rubbish being published? I thought the earth-moving lark had overstayed its welcome decades ago. The author is a popular one in this particular genre, but I much preferred the one she was packaged with as that was closer to what I’d expect when I buy this particular imprint.

If I wanted to read bad porn, I’d buy another style, type and imprint altogether; if I wanted to read good erotica, I know where to go for that too. But I wanted to read about mystery, adventure, intrigue. I won’t give up on the genre as I’ve read others and they’ve come up to expectation, but I won’t pick one up by this particular author ever again.

This morning I woke with another short story almost fully formed in my head – this one is called And Then The Earth Moved … I wrote the outline earlier today. The other stories outlined this week are called: Amy’s Wedding; Cherry Blossom; Pumpkin Pie; and Bramble Jelly. (Those last 3 make up the Harvest Festival trilogy.)

The second half of day 2 of my holiday is below this one.

6 thoughts on “>Wednesday interlude

  1. Melissa Marsh 28 July 2010 / 3:44 pm

    >So frustrating to read rot like that when we know how to do it better and can't find a publisher!


  2. Diane 29 July 2010 / 8:36 am

    >Exactly! Some people wonder why I'm getting on my high horse – but at least fellow writers know what I'm banging on about.


  3. Devon Ellington 29 July 2010 / 12:09 pm

    >I know. I've read a couple of books lately and thought, WTF?" I actually wound up not querying a particular agent because, while I've had good conversations with her, I think the bulk of books she represents are crap.and yet, they sell.I'm reading a series that two friends raved about and I just can't understand why it's so popular. I keep hoping the bad guys will kill off the protagonist because she's so annoying.


  4. Diane 29 July 2010 / 12:13 pm

    >I keep thinking that if I make the first book they buy absolutely perfect, they may not bother reading any others I submit and just publish them, because I think that often happens the way standards drop after that all important first sale.Makes me soooo mad, though, that they get away with basic mistakes that a newcomer is "encouraged" to avoid at all costs on pain of death.


  5. Lori 29 July 2010 / 12:32 pm

    >I'd have tossed it aside, too, and possibly tossed up my lunch. Who writes this stuff?


  6. Diane 29 July 2010 / 1:29 pm

    >"Hurl" was a word I could've used in several respects.If you look at my visual bookshelf on Facebook, you'll see which book it is.


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