Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
What does it take to impress you when you are reading someone else’s book?
I want all the things that I strive to produce in my own work. Other authors are the people who have inspired me, I’ve always tried to produce stories that are at least equal to theirs.
What I want is:-
A good setting, plot and characters. Preferably ones that are not run of the mill. I like a quirky premise or hero, a plot that makes me think.
Set your novel in a place or a time I’ve never been to and know nothing about, push a few boundaries.
Don’t sell me short on the worldbuilding. It can be as fantastical as you like, as long as it’s something I can believe in.
It’s really important to treat the location as a character.
Make sure that everything in the world is realistic, logical and based on some shred of truth.
I like a hero who is not what you might expect, take me on a journey with him or her as they find themselves. I don’t care if they ultimately win or lose, as long as what they do is believable and gets me invested in the outcome.
I HATE information dumping. I want to read a story, not an encyclopaedia. Make it interesting, make me want to know why. Then tell me in a way that moves the plot along.
I need realistic emotions and behaviour from everyone. Don’t give me physics-defying action, or fights where everyone needs three hands to do what you reckon they’re doing.
A clever twist. I want that sudden intake of breath when I find out who did what, how and why. Then the realisation that, if I’d been paying a little more attention to the clues you had left through the story, I would have known it already.
In short, I want to be entertained, thrilled and transported away from my reality to yours.
And if you can manage all those things, in return I’ll come back and read the next one, then the one after that.
Let me know what you think about this week’s subject.
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