Convincing yourself, or not

I’ve been a more picky with books lately than usual. Normally I’ll read anything through to the end, but I’m finding that I have a limited amount of tolerance lately for bad writing. What really turns me off a book, though, is when it’s clear that the author is trying to convince us of something that even they don’t seem to feel.

When you are trying to convince yourself, or your reader, of something, it’s forced. Unnatural and the story suffers for it.

An example – Twilight. There was no way there was any sort of ‘love’ or ‘romance’ going on there, and Meyer’s repeated instance that there was, despite all evidence to the contrary, made the book very hard to get through. It was just too much damn work.

It’s the same in real life too. Sometimes we try to convince ourselves, or other people, of something. But repetition does not make it so. So whether you are endlessly saying you’re ‘fine’ when you clearly aren’t, or trying to convince yourself that you don’t have feelings for someone when the whole world can see that you do, you aren’t doing yourself any favours.

So, why impose those lies on the reader too? Why make them work so hard to believe something that you, as the author, don’t believe.

So, I don’t care how many times Meyer TELLS me that Bella and Eddiekins are in love, until the point where she can actually SHOW me, I’m not going to believe it.

Thought for the day – don’t make the reader work too hard.

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