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Question of the Week:
How important is good writing to you? In an ideal world, a book would be beautifully written AND have great character development, plot, etc. But in the real world, which do you prefer: (1) Great characters and plot with lousy writing or (2) Middling character development and plot but gorgeous writing
Good question. I definitely prefer the second option. Great writing can help overcome a LOT of other issues the book has. But if the writing is awful, it would be hard for me to even continue the book, much less give it a good rating. I really can’t stand bad writing. Especially if there are lots of grammar/spelling/punctuation errors. It’s more of a problem in ARCs, I notice. Often, it’s because it just wasn’t edited very well, but other mistakes are so obvious I’m surprised the author didn’t notice them sooner and correct them immediately. Sometimes it’s painful to read. With ARCs, about 7/10 have writing that is lacking in some way.
The books that I’ve read with the best writing (that I can think of right now) I’d say would be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, and any book by Kristin Cashore.
So what would you prefer? Share your links or just comment below! Happy FF!
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