So, comments about the non-pony story I talked about in yesterday’s post got me thinking. Which is good! That’s what comments should do. First off, probably time to toss out another round of qualification for my reviews. I do very subjective reactions to stories. If I liked or did not like something, and a few reasons that is the case. Granted I tend to sometimes weight one side or the other a bit much. Like I really enjoyed a book and talked about the handful of things I didn’t like. I try to keep in mind the overall opinion and not have the majority of a review be about the other side of the like/dislike spectrum.
The other slightly more precise bit of commentary was someone did point out that I do tend to judge a book on if it matches the ideas in my head about it. As I said there, I do recognize that I do that and try not to let it shade my enjoyment of a book. With erratic success, sadly. At the very least I make a fairly big effort to point out where that distinction happens when talking about stories. Part of the foundation of that is my brain thinks that an author who puts lots of time and effort into writing something should be able to be at least as creative as a reader who is just sitting down and casually reading through something. Like, the author spent months working on the story and the reader spends like a few hours reading it. Which, I once again admit, is also unfair. Trying to compare creativity between two different people doing two different activities isn’t going to actually accomplish much. Especially when in this case, the reader being me, I spend a good amount of my excessive amount of free time worldbuilding and thinking about weird stuff and the writer has to actually focus not just on that, but also on characters and narrative and making it all coherent.
I mean, half the time when I get a cool idea for a story I don’t even start on it because I figure it would be too hard to actually take the cool idea in my head and put it down in a coherent form other people will understand and enjoy. So… Glass houses I guess. As always I have nothing but respect (and a bit of envy) for anyone who actually finishes a story, even if it’s one I didn’t enjoy. The most disappointing story that gets finished and put out where people will buy and read it will always be better than the perfect story that never gets a single line written.