Saturday, June 05, 2010
Phil at Shakespeare and Company in Paris (and yes, they had Megan's books!)
Last night a friend (an English professor) told me that she'd just finished a mystery by a fairly famous writer, now dead, and it was horrible. Despite her expertise in nineteenth century literature, she reads a lot of crime fiction and is especially fond of Laurie King, Larson and Nesbo.
I asked her why she finished it since she admitted seeing the flaws in both the solution and the writing early on. She said she almost always finished a book unless it was objectionable in some way.
I never finish books unless I am really enjoying it. In fact, I've discarded books on the first page, midway in and during the last 20 pages. I've also given up on movies on DVD at every point.
She said that she would feel she had truly wasted her time if she did that. Perhaps by finishing it, she's giving the writer time to remedy the flaws.
Do you finish every book? What percentage, if not? Do you give up on page one or two sometimes if the voice or style doesn't grab you?