Are you one of those people able to discard a book after 10 pages? Me too.
Maybe it’s because of my age. I have spent 50 years reading, on planes and subways, in sleeping bags and bathrooms, and frankly I feel that by now that after 10 pages, I have given the author his chance. Reading time is precious to me, so if he hasn’t got me hooked in the first 10 pages, I’m waiting on the movie – or my sister’s copy.
‘Cause my sister is younger than me and still feels the need to finish everything she picks up. So if my sister appears in my kitchen, slams a book on my counter, unholsters her pistol and says, “Keep reading,” then I give it another chance. Gone Girl, good example.
But joining a writing group means, well, you know what it means. Suck it up.
Part of my problem is that my dislike for the genre makes me even more impatient with the flaws of the novel. So if the characters don’t resonate, I tend to think it’s because I can’t stand bodice rippers (or whatever) anyway. Not true. Stunted characterization is what you are there to point out. That’s your job.
So essentially, it is your job to ignore the genre and respect the writer. ‘Cause your turn is coming up, and not everyone likes __________.