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Let’s Discuss: What Do You Consider Bad Writing?
What types of things make a book badly written?
We’ve all seen critiques that say go something like this – “The writing was bad.” Which is kind of the worst description because what does it really mean?
For me, if the following has happened, I consider the book to be poorly written:
- I have rolled my eyes at the dialogue
- The descriptions are reduced to a long list of adjectives
- The majority of tension comes from a love triangle
- Overused phrases that feel basic
- A general sense of trying too hard
Bad writing can mean so many things to many people. I do find it interesting that there are books that are generally agreed to be poorly written.
I know you know which one I’m talking about. Ok…I’ll say it, Twilight. While many agree it was an engrossing story (I mean, I did read all 4 books), not many say it included the most beautiful prose they’d ever read.
What books do you think are badly written?
According to this Goodreads shelf, other top contenders include: Fifty Shades of Grey, The Da Vinci Code and The Shack – as well as many, many celebrity books.
Dish: what does bad writing mean to you and what books do you think deserve eternal shame for their badness??