Earlier this month A.S. Akkalon wrote a post about the kind of book she loves to read, and therefore loves to write, and I decided to hijack that idea and have some fun analyzing what I want out of a book over here. ^_^
First and Foremost: A ride! Adventure! I want to finish a book and feel like I’ve stepped off a virtual roller coaster, that I’ve been swept away into a world and immersed in it to the a point where it feels so real that I want to live there, but I’m glad I don’t at the same time because it’s dangerous. 😀
Genre: I love all kinds of paranormal in book form, but when it comes to writing, I’m more in the camp “out of the ordinary” paranormal than creature kind of paranormal. I consider creature paranormal to be things like vampires and shapeshifters, and we all know I love vampires, but I’d rather write non-creature supernatural stuff like ghosts, witches, crazy spirits, mutants, etc. I like magic, and I like Harry Potter magic, but when I say I want magic, I mean like old-school-style witchcraft, like characters with crazy abilities, manipulating elements, talking to spirits, ominous “entities,” though the magic doesn’t necessarily have to be right in a person’s face. I’m quite fond of a nice undercurrent of “otherness” that makes you feel like something crazy could happen at any time. No wands. Unless the wand is channeling lightning. I like “weird stuff” to happen, like a cursed object that traps you in your house. That sounds like fun, in a bookish kind of way.
Atmosphere: Dark and disturbing in a supernatural way. I like to describe it as “beautiful, sexy supernatural darkness.” I want a world that feels rich and beautiful, and I want to feel disturbed. I know that’s probably strange, but I like being a little creeped out while I’m reading. I want to wonder if someone’s reflection is going to move while they’re standing still or if there’s something lurking in that lake. I want to wonder if the characters are being stalked by a supernatural something, and I want to worry if they’re going to survive! It’s fun. ^_^ If no one is in danger, then why am I here?!
Plot: I can handle a slower paced plot if the general world is interesting to me, but I would prefer a faster-paced book, like, something that feels like things are actually happening from chapter to chapter. That said, I can’t handle books that open at 100 miles per hour, and I can’t do books that open at 3 miles per hour. I like romantic subplots, but only if they’re an asset to the main plot, and the whole thing doesn’t derail so two people can make lovey dovey faces at each other. I don’t need a happy ending, but I do need it feel complete. Like, I don’t want to get to the last page and the story isn’t finished (i.e. the main plot didn’t wrap up), or there are a bunch of loose ends, or I don’t know what just happened because the author is trying to “leave things up for interpretation.” It’s fine if those things exist, but they’re not my favorite.
Characters: I love a good villain! I want something to be afraid of and something to worry about (fun kind of anxiety), and it doesn’t have to be a person, but my preference is a person in some capacity. Like, not a storm system, which is fun for a movie, but in a book, I want like a ghost or spirit or bad guy or crazy chick or whatever to cause some mayhem and wreck the place! For main characters, I just want someone interesting, which is subjective, and I don’t want them to be anything like me, because I see myself everyday. Reading is fantasy for me. I want to be someone wicked and cool!
POV & Tense: In books, I don’t care. I read a short story a couple of years ago written in 2nd person, and it rocked my world! I will take anything. I like anything. The story and characters are more important than point-of-view or tense to me, though when it comes to writing, I’m a better writer when I write in first person, but I did third person for so long, I am very good at it. 😉
Before I go, MasterClass has given me a free annual pass to give away. If you want it, let me know. 🙂 Also, quick thanks to everyone for their writing support over the last couple of weeks! ^_^ Talking about everything has been a weight off my shoulders. 🙂 Happy last week of March! ☘️