Open Thread for Readers
Today we’re opening it up for readers. What’s on your mind as it relates to books? Is there a book that has lingered long after you read it? How about a book that you’re hotly anticipating? Did you discover a new story that you’re super excited about?
I’ll start off. The very first review I did here at Dear Author was an angry one about a historical wherein the main male lead pretended, for most of the book, to be his twin brother. The male and female leads make love in the story and she still believes it to be his twin brother. I couldn’t get over that. I felt like she was in love with who the main male lead pretended to be rather than the actual man. Later in the story she learns the truth and declares she had always been in love with the male lead rather than the twin he pretended to be.
The author wrote a justification for this by saying that the heroine knew before the first time they’d made love that the hero was the hero and not the twin, but I didn’t see it in the text.
So frustrated was I by the justification, I had to write a review and put it out publicly. It was my only way to respond to the text, the only way to vent my dissatisfaction and staunch disagreement with the book. Okay, not the only way but I still remember the sting of anger when I read the author’s justifications and wanted to howl that the text never said what she claimed it said.
When writing the review, I felt some catharsis but I still remember that book and how angry it made me feel. In some ways, I suppose that is good. The author achieved something in that nearly a decade later, I still think of the book from time to time and, well, how mad I was about it. I’ve never re-read it and I’ve gone on to read other books by the author since then.
The trickster lead is a difficult one primarily because I just have a hard time buying into the true love. Is the heroine in love with whom the hero pretended to be or in the real man? I almost always think the former. Generally, this is a trope I’ll shy away from for exactly that reason.
Do you have any long memories of books you loved or hated? Do you remember the first book review you wrote or the one that burned up emails between you and a reader friend? Let’s remind each other what we’re here for. Today is about books and readers. Go forth and inspire each other to read awesome!