I had an odd thing happen to me the other day.
When I’m actively writing a book, I don’t read new books. I allow myself to read non-fiction, but rarely fiction and only those books I’ve already read.
But one of my favorite writers released a new book in her series (7 books so far) the other day and I couldn’t discipline myself enough to wait. I eagerly grabbed my Kindle and prepared to absorb the book.[callout template=”default”]That, my friends, is the stamp of a great writer. When you hate the plot, but love the book.[/callout]
Here’s the strange thing I realized. The plot was weird – totally off the wall. I skimmed dozens and dozens of paragraphs, things like the heroine weaponing up for war or the weird plot asides and history that doesn’t interest me in the slightest. Then I realized that all her plots have been off the wall and I’ve always skimmed lots of pages.
Still, I kept reading like one possessed. You know why?
Her characterizations are brilliant.
I know these characters. I know their history, their wants, their weaknesses. These people are literary friends. I know, because this author takes chances, that there’s every possibility that one of them will die. I will probably cry because they mean something to me. Even the villain has found his way into my heart. I hate him at the same time I love him. So if she wants to go really out there with her plots, okay. Just as long as she keeps up with the characters.
That, my friends, is the stamp of a great writer. When you hate the plot, but love the book.
How about you? Have you read any books like that?