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Do you ever crave reading crappy books?
I think that really depends on what ‘crappy’ is in this case and what the reader considers to be crappy. I don’t really like the term crappy in application to books.
If it’s crappy as in badly written, as in bad sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation, then no. I don’t ever crave reading books like that because they piss me off. It’s habitual for me to pay attention to all of that while reading, on top of the plot (I blame that on my writer gene), and it distracts me from the story. I don’t like being distracted from stories, I like my reading experience to go smoothly thanks to both writing and story working well together.
If it’s crappy as in plot? Hmm… Not really. I do crave something a bit more… lighter and more fun, less complicated, and maybe a little… I don’t know what word to use, because to me it might be trashy, but in the fiction world it isn’t. I don’t crave a crappy plot, I don’t crave a badly executed idea, but I do crave what I consider to be reading for pure unadulterated enjoyment. To me that’s paranormal romance and some urban fantasy. Not that they’re badly written, or crappy, some of them are written beautifully, but for me it’s different reading. It’s guilty pleasure reading.
When I’ve read for guilty pleasure and have unfortunately come across a crappy book, it’s still pissed me off, and thinking of one series in particular makes me realise I really do not crave crappy or appreciate crappy books. Like I said though, a lot of it depends on personal taste.
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