Why Shouldn’t I Continue To Read Your Novel?
Coming across a couple of posts recently about when a writer/reader gives up reading a novel, I noticed a trend when a writer/reader will stop:
- when there’s little or no action to propel the narrative
- lingering descriptions of ennui or minutiae (or the weather)
- back story or info dumping (yes, I agree with this)
- bad writing (yes, I’ll stop reading too)
The current literary aesthetic favours action over reflection, sacrificing the evocative power of language for a fast-food mentality of plot and writing.
Why not let language and words evoke scene, history and character idiosyncrasies, rather than simply pushing a plot along?
Literature is about plot and character and narrative tension, but it’s also about exploring the ennui of life, and why they are important, and the macro aspects of grand overarching themes in minute detail.
I want to read a fast-paced action story and I want to read a story that lingers on the little, unimportant things. I can have both. Trends be damned.
I want to enter the world the author has created, to see how they see the world and enjoy their word play, not consigned to reading a novel written within an artificial and constricted set of literary rules.
Writing is as much about observing and recording life’s details and universal abstract concepts as it is in participating and communicating, being involved with others, doing the action, and reading should be the same.