A while ago, I interviewed my readers for a change, and my final question was, “What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask?” I got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.
Patricia asks a particularly insightful question:
Ever read a book you thought you could have written better yourself?
Does fanfic count?
Of course there are stories I could have written better. A couple of examples spring to mind from my real world book club. One is Time Slave, a horrible novel that I use as an example of why some books go out of print. I’m not sure I could have saved the book, but I think we’d be better off had it not been written or published at all. (Maybe it should never have been published. Let it exist as a manuscript only). And then there’s Archangel, a book that I truly didn’t like. It felt like a classic Star Trek episode minus the interesting characters and storylines. I kept hoping Captain Kirk would show up and phaser everyone just so something interesting would happen.
On the other hand, I do have to give credit to the authors of these and other books that I think could be written better. They did what I haven’t done–wrote a book, got it edited and published.