I picked up a mystery the other day and I am fascinated by why I won’t put it down. You see, I don’t like it. I have no liking whatsoever for the narrator/heroine of the story. I dislike the copious and unnecessary use of four letter words as adjectives. No I’m not a prude and I have been known to drop the f-bomb but to use it as a frequent adjective is just boring.
And the plot, which seemed so interesting when I picked the book out…well let’s just say I’m pretty sure I know whodunnit. But I keep reading and I don’t know why.
As a writer, I find that question compelling. I thought readers needed a hero they like, a plot that gave unforseeable twists and turns, and writing that transported them. And in a way, if I get past the Gen X inside jokes and the four letter words, there is a flow…. But I can’t believe that is enough. Yet I keep picking it back up.
What keeps you reading?