Hello my book peeps! I’ve spent January trying to come up with various discussion posts; instead of trying to determine what might be popular topics I decided to go with questions I’ve been curious of myself and would like input on from other readers, bloggers, and authors. While sometimes discussions will be controversial, I only ask that we keep everything civil and respectful here; otherwise, opposing ideas, views, and opinions are welcome! I wanted to start off with a thought that has been eating away in the back of my mind for some time now… HOW DO YOU RATE BAD BOOKS THAT YOU LOVE?
Maybe I should clarify. I’m talking about those books that are bad, not from a moral sense, but just bad in terms of writing and plot. Maybe these books are completely predictable, use all the tropes reviewers love to hate on, or are just cheesy as all get out. Examples of these types of books for me are The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer, The Twilight Series, and The ACOTAR Series. Obviously none of these books are intellectually stimulating or cover current events that need discussing; they are 100% fluffy entertainment that I’m unashamed to say that I devoured. HOWEVER! How should this affect our rating scale? Do you rate the books high because you ate them up and found them compulsive and enjoyable? Do you adjust your rating scale because, while you devoured them, the other shortcomings in terms of lack of ingenuity and writing quality keep them from rating on the level of books you loved that also contained qualities of literary genius?
Now, how about those books that are compulsive and “unputdownable”, yet ARE problematic? I’m thinking specifically of ones such as Erin Watt’s Royals Series where the relationships that are featured and even glorified are harmful and abusive. These are the types of books that romanticize unhealthy relationships yet we can’t seem to stop reading them because the drama is so juicy and the writing is so enticing. Again, I ask, how do these types of books rank in your scale? I used a romance series as an example here but this could also extend to books lacking various types of diversity, ones that promote views of racism or homophobia.