What Do You Want to Read? by F.L. Bicknell
As a reader, what do you want to read? Do you prefer something fluffy and simplistic with characters who are in need of better development or do you want plots that make you think, plots that keep you guessing? Do you like settings that feel as though you stepped right into the book with the characters? How about characters who grow as the book progresses?
Is graphic sex a requirement when you read a romance? Does the wording have to be vulgar? And what about subplots? Do you like a couple of subplots that ties nicely with the main plot?
I suppose there's a place for fluffy fiction, but has the readership truly gone awry? I'm told it has. I'm told readers don't want to puzzle out a plot to see if they're right or wrong. I'm told that readers don't want more than one subplot and I also hear that intricate characters are too much for readers to absorb.
Is this true?
I for one do not believe these things are true. I feel most readers want a book that's engaging in all areas, ones that make them think, gasp, laugh, cry, and puzzle out the mystery or try to figure out which character is lying. I believe readers should tell publishers what they want.
It seems like it has become the quest for next book that's easily turned into a movie. Sure, publishing is a business, but without readers, there is no business. I think that's why more and more readers are turning to e-books. With an e-publisher the author isn't so restricted, he can write in more detail and develop all the things that make a wonderful novel come to life.
Maybe I'm the oddball out there who feels this way, but I'd really like to know what readers think. My paranormal romances are bursting with memorable characters, vivid settings, atmosphere, and plots that keep you guessing with every turn of a page. Isn't that how fiction is supposed to be? One good example is The Darkness of Sable. My heroine, Sable, is looking for her missing daughter, but she's also dealing with the paranormal that's trying to woo her to its side, her growing romance with the hero, Thomas, and fighting with an ex-husband who decided to go to the dark side to defeat her for some mysterious reason.
Then there's Feathers of Silver, a contemporary/urban fantasy romance where the reader must figure out who's lying and why the heroine, Lizzy, hides her son from the hero. I often challenge readers to see if they can figure this novel out. And then there's The Most Intimate Wish where Dinah is convinced her long time live-in lover is seeing another woman, but Dinah's landlady keeps telling her things aren't always as they seem. Is Jeff seeing another woman? And is Dinah imagining the paranormal occurrences in her life?
Books should be so engaging they grab the reader by the throat and yank him into the characters' world. Books should be a means of escape for the reader, and a book should live forever in a reader's memory.
What do you think?
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You can find The Darkness of Sable (print available at Barnes and Noble.com and Amazon), Feathers of Silver (www.silverpublishing.info) and The Most Intimate Wish at ARe, Fictionwise, Kindle, Smashwords and many other distributors.