An oldie but a--hopefully--goodie from the blog. Our patron of evil writers, Bad Horse Lili Saintcrow herself, said something similar the other day, so I've resurrected it. New content next time, for realsies.
Life is too short to read books you know you're going to hate (And really, to spend time and energy on anything that you hate.)
I raised this point originally because a friend pointed me to a review she'd received. It popped up as a google alert, I believe, and it was a review of an anthology she's in.
The review went something like this, paraphrasing:
"I hate this genre. I don't know what anyone sees in it. So I got an anthology of twenty-four stories with nothing BUT this genre. Now I'm going to review them."
The reviewer proceeded to trash all of the stories, one by one. I haven't read them all but I do know she got at least half a dozen points wrong about my friend's story. Then she concluded it with, almost word for word, "I think I'm too smart for this genre."
No, you're a fucking idiot for reading something you already knew that you wouldn't like.Read more