It’s probably clear to some of you by now that I’m a persnickety reader. *Say it ain’t so, Kris!*
There are things (ie themes such as infidelity) I don’t like outright and there are things (eg 1st POV) of which I’m not a particular fan. Most times I’m willing to be convinced; that is, to see if they work within the context of the story or if any issues I usually have can be forgiven in the face of the sheer awesomeness of the work as a whole.
In the past week I’ve discovered yet another *NO! Really?!* device (I guess) that, while I don’t want to kill it dead, does make me feel ‘meh’.
What am I
raving on about pontificating on now?? It’s the reproduction of a letter within a story. *Oh. Of course.* *rolls eyes*
Yes, letters, like diary entries, newspaper articles, etc are (mostly) used when they are relevant to the story or to highlight/ foreshadow/ whatever a particular event in the plot, blahdy, blah, blah.
What I want to know though, is how many readers out there actually read these letters, either in part or in their entirety?? Cos I generally don’t.
The question I ask myself when I come across them in a story is ‘do I think this will progress the plot?’ If the answer is ‘no, it looks like a piece of authorly self-indulgence to me’, I skip ’em… and usually thank the Book Goddesses that I did so as I flip through endless pages.
So, what do you do? Are you a skipper? Or do you read and then castigate yourself for wasting valuable reading time??