I Really Try to Like the Books I Read
I really like being nice to people, and saying nice things about the things they create. But there are some books that make that so hard. I have finally started on the pile of books I got at WFC, and the one I’m currently reading is just so… urg. Halfway through I still don’t care about the characters or the plot – I keep hoping it will get better, but it just doesn’t – the worldbuilding is just so … stupid, and the writing style makes me feel kind of itchy and like I need to take something and throw it against the wall – either the book or whatever else I have in my hand.
I know, I know, I should just put it down and give up trying to finish it (especially as I got it for free… well, OK, I paid enough for the WFC membership…), but I just can’t leave a story half-finished. But it’s just taking so long.
And books like this are what gives the fantasy genre a bad name. For some reason, bad books in other genres are just kind of… boring, but bad fantasy books are really bad.