The Difference Between a Writing Problem, and a “Not for Me” Issue – by Janice Hardy…

on Fiction University:

Sometimes the problem is with the reviewer, not the book.

Not every book is for every reader. Readers have topics they dislike no matter how well written a book is, and nothing you do is going to change that. Sometimes, the problem with a book isn’t the quality—it’s just a “not for me” issue.
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This is an important distinction in writing. I’ve read many a novel that was a “good novel,” even if it did things I don’t particularly care for as a reader. I didn’t like it, but I could see that others would.
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For example, I’m not fond of distant narrators. It’s nearly impossible for me to connect with a distance third-person omniscient narrator, because I never feel like I’m in the protagonist’s head. I just can’t lose myself in the story.

This is not the fault of the author. This is the preference of the reader.

If I criticized a novel for this, I’d be doing the author a disservice. I know it’s a taste issue, and I can’t expect every novel to be written with my own personal preferences in mind. The novel wasn’t written badly, it just wasn’t for me.

Basically, if you don’t like science fiction, don’t give a science fiction novel a one-star review because it was too “science fiction-y.”

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