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I always end up contradicting myself at some point, whether it’s in a book review, discussion post, or something else entirely. I think most of us do, yeah? Here are a few things I think we readers (or is it just me?) contradict ourselves in (none of these are direct quotes from reviews, but there have been similar lines):
#1: On flawed protagonists.
Review/thoughts for Book A: “The heroine was such a bitch, and I absolutely hated how awful she was sometimes. Why couldn’t she be nicer?”
Review/thoughts for Book B: “The main character was WAY TOO PERFECT. I hated how unrealistic she was.”
Yup, I’m totally guilty of doing this. There are very few instances when I like mean/too flawed characters (I usually like them if they’re the crazy, psychotic kind of mean) and also little times where I like perfect main characters. I don’t really know what I like anymore. I am confusing myself!
#2: On world building.
Review/thoughts for Book A: “There were huge chunks of paragraphs full of info-dumps just for the world building. It was too much for me to take in. Too much background and history.”
Review/thoughts for Book B: “I don’t understand how anything started. There was no background story, and nothing was explained.”
Ha, so true. Usually, when I read, say, high fantasy books, I would skip all the info-dump-y parts with all the kingdoms, etc. etc. But I also like knowing how things came to be.
#3: On love interests.
Review/thoughts for Book A: “The guy was so arrogant! I couldn’t stand how he had this stupid bad boy attitude.”
Review/thoughts for Book B: “The love interest was really nice and all, but he was so boring. Snoozefest.”
This isn’t what I normally say–I love nice guys, even if they can get boring–but I have a ton of friends who would rant to me about annoying, fake-ish bad boys and boring nice guys.
That’s all I can think of for now, but I am positive that there are more. Sometimes I want to reach into the deepest part of my brain so I can ask myself what I really want. I mean, I would love everything to be perfectly balanced, but not all authors can accomplish that. So which side would I rather be on?
Do you guys confuse yourselves, too? Or is it seriously just me?
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.