Today I want to have a chat with you about something that I curious about. I feel like I might be in the minority with this one. So I am just going to come right out and say it. Get your tomatoes and stones ready for throwing.
Predictable books generally do not bother me.
There is a huge caveat to that statement. It should say, Predictable books generally do not bother me…if they are done well.
Yesterday, I put up a review of Anatomy of a Player by Cindi Madsen (review here) and I really enjoyed the book. I thought it was cute, the romance was fun and the characters had great chemistry. But the story was predictable. And while I was writing my review, I found myself warning people of that. And then I thought, but you know what? That didn’t bother me at all when I was reading. So why was I warning people that the story was predictable? Because I have noticed in the review community that seems to be something that really detracts readers and reviewers from enjoying books. So then I started thinking that I was just the odd one out.
Which caused me to start thinking about why predictable books didn’t bother me like they bothered other reviewers. And this is what I came up with. Primarily when I am reading contemporary romances, I go into the book with some expectations. The characters I like are going to end up together and it is going to be a cute ending (kind of. Or a cute journey. Or they will be cute together Something fun and cute.) Now this is not all the time, if the summary seems particularly dark and agnsty, obviously I don’t go in expecting banter and butterflies. But if it seems like a typically new adult, or young adult contemporary romance, I expect some element of cute or sweet or sassy romance. And in fact, sometimes I am disappointed if that doesn’t happen. I want that aspect of predictability in my story. I think that is why I don’t mind so much when a book is chugging along like I expected it to. Because that is what I wanted and that is what will make me as a reader feel satisfied.
Now that doesn’t mean that I don’t like a good book that can throw me for a loop. I really do! I love it when an author can keep me on my toes and keep me guessing, it just doesn’t happen as much in the contemporary romance genre. And I have come to expect that. In fantasy, in paranormal, in thrillers I crave the unpredictable, but when I turn for a straight up rom com or romance, I want it to be what I want it to be. Does that make me totally weird?
And that also doesn’t mean that I like all romances. I don’t. Not at all. Just making a book with the characters ending up together is not enough for me. I need the writing to be good, I need the plot to be interesting and I need the characters to be well developed and likable. But if the book has all of those things, a little predictability in the plot or romance doesn’t bother me at all.
So you guys tell me. Am I totally weird for this (and I am ok if that is the case! I like what I like. haha) Or do some of you like predictable books too?
Tell me, Do Predictable Books Bother You? Why? or why not?