I was scrolling through the Goodreads’ List of All Time Dominant-Alpha Romance Heroes and looking for TBR books, this is after I have had a surfeit of the All Time Best Scifi Novels. My mistake was to scroll down and read some of the one-star reviews.
I am a reader who likes to suspend disbelief. Yep, I swallow it hook, line, and sinker. That’s not to say that my neurons don’t kick in and bonk me on the head with the sheer ridiculousness of some books, but I generally like books, even crappy ones (yes, that’s you, Twilight). I grew up reading Mills and Boon, after all.
I tend to read and feel and not think about plausibility, I just tend to go with the butterflies in my stomach that tell me that this book that I’m reading right now is ENGAGING. I’m just grateful that for a few hours, I got lost in a book so much that if my life sucked at that moment, that meant I was happy whilst reading. I realize afterwards, of course, that the plot or the characters or whatever was a piece of crap or hollow or formulaic, but it’s fine, I enjoyed reading it. It will not change the world, but it gave me joy.
Now, going back to the reviews, it ruined the book/s for me even if I haven’t read it yet. I would tend to think back to what the reviewers pointed out as flaws when reading that it basically would be self-defeating to read it. I would not be lost inside that book anymore. And that’s a damn shame.