Booking Through Thursday: Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

A while ago, I interviewed my readers for a change, and my final question was, “What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask?” I got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.

Patricia asks a particularly insightful question:

Ever read a book you thought you could have written better yourself?

Well, that would be presumptuous, wouldn’t it? Like many Harry Potter fans, I think Order of the Phoenix could have been shorter. Unlike some of those critics, I have no idea what I would have cut. As a unit, it’s all so brilliant; why mess with a good thing? Regarding OotP, I think that if she wanted readers to love Sirius Black the way a small pocket of people intensely do, she should have made him more likeable.

Enough Harry Potter. (Ha. Like there’s such a thing.) I definitely wasn’t satisfied with the end of the Hunger Games trilogy. When you write a strong character, keep her strong! Don’t let her wilt like an old flower! Character development I understand. Complete shifts in who a character has been developed to me indicate inconsistent writing. I’m not sure how I would have ended it, but not like that.

One good thing: answering this week’s BTT has made me realize that I’ve been so disenchanted with my reading lately because I’m not reading enough fiction. My literary life needs more Westing Game and less Theology for Beginners (but, as those titles indicate, no less awesomeness).



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