About a month or so back, Kristen Nelson blogged about how good writing is sooooo subjective. She was specifically addressing those books that are million dollar sellers but that get a whole lot of criticism about the quality of the writing (i.e. Stephenie Meyer, Dan Brown, Christopher Paolini). Here’s a link.
Her conclusion? “Millions of readers can’t be wrong.” And I would have to agree.
Let’s face it, most people read to be entertained. I know there are those exceptions who read for good writing, who will read almost anything if it’s written beautifully. I won’t. I’d much rather have a great story, written well enough, than a beautifully written but not that captivating classic.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I do think that if you can have a combination of both: a great story and something that’s written well, then you’ve got the perfect mix.
Personally, I don’t think my writing will ever win a pulitzer prize or anything, but that’s not my goal. My goal is to entertain, to make people love my world and my characters — and my story. Still, it has to be good enough to sell to an agent and publisher, and that’s why I am working so hard still, even though the story is actually complete.
Along these lines, I have to admit I can hardly wait for Stephenie Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn” release this weekend. Say what you want, her story is fabulous. (And yes, I am a little obsessed!!) My husband will be out of town Friday night, so I’m hoping to get a copy at midnight and read a little that night and the next morning. And for those of you rolling your eyes right now, I can live with that.