Writers are invested, if not obsessed, with how a story is told. We can't help but analyze, inspect, and scrutinize every word, phrase, and sentence when reading another writer's book.
Sometimes, however, we'll stumble across an author who possesses such an exciting voice that we forget all about sentence structure, grammar and scene purpose.
This past week I discovered just such a writer. She swept me into the story in the first paragraph, and I soon found myself reading for one purpose only--to find out what happens next.
I read into the wee hours of the night not once, but two nights in a row! Sleep deprived the following day, I found myself thinking and worrying about the characters. What trials and tribulations would they face next?
I was so caught up in the story that I never once put on my writer's hat. I was ecstatic. Absolutely giddy for having discovered this talented author and her fresh, inspiring work.
Until, that is, the final chapter when she pulled the rug out from under me.
On the first page she promised me (as well as her hero and heroine, I might add) a happily-ever-after. She put them through hell, and by the very nature of the genre, assured ALL THREE OF US that eventually true love would be triumphant.
This gifted author who captivated and held me spellbound throughout 95% of the book, suddenly did an about-face and reneged on her promise. I was stunned. Why would she do that? What was she thinking?
How. Dare. She!
The author spent months (if not years) writing this story. Yet, in the final chapter (in a single sentence, actually) all her hard work was for naught. She lost me as a fan. She lost me as a reader. I refuse to purchase the next book in the series.
When the heroine screamed at the injustice of losing her one true love, so did I.
I also mourned the loss of trust I had in this author, but a promise is a promise is a promise. Don't bait me with a satisfying ending, and then not deliver the goods. If you do, I'll be on my merry way to find another writer who will.
Have you read a book that left you hanging and wanting more, but for all the wrong reasons? Did you give that author a second chance?
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