I won't name the authors or the books. I would never do that, nor would I ever go on Amazon and trash someone else's book. We all have different tastes, after all. And writing a book, any book, is a huge and complicated undertaking. I also know my books aren't for everyone. But when I read what I believe is a "flawed" book and it's making the writer millions of dollars, I get a little frustrated. Am I missing something? Is it me?
Even my daughter--who works for a literary agent and reads vociferously across genre--read one of the books I am talking about and afterward, she Googled, "Bad reviews for _______." She couldn't find any, even though she was hoping to find someone--anyone--who felt the same as she did. She should have talked to me earlier because today we learned we have the same opinion about said novel--flat writing, unlikeable characters, poor structure and a self-indulgent author. The good news is, I learn from books I consider flawed. (And I am not saying I write perfect books. I am ALWAYS trying to improve.) One thing I will never have in common in with these writers (excluding the money I will never make) is the lack of a true hero or heroine. There will be justice and satisfaction at the end of every novel I write.
What about you? Been disappointed recently in a book you spent a good hunk of change on? I'd love to hear about your opinion!