Remember before you began writing when books were fun and delightfully entertaining?
Yeah, I do too and sadly that is no longer the case. I have learned so much over the course of my writing and will admit that it stinks! The books I once loved to read so much are now riddled with flaws. Before I could ignore these small mistakes or I plainly just didn’t know about the errors.
I am currently reading a really great story but I keep getting pulled out of it for small accuracy problems or language that doesn’t fit the time period.
For example: Bloody — In historical novels it’s a commonly used as a curse word. We’ve all read the hero have something go a muck and he says something like “Bloody Hell!”
This would not happen! Or let me rephrase, it SHOULDN’T happen. Men back then never said this in front of a lady. It just wasn’t done. Think of it as saying F*ck in front of your very reserved church-going grandma.
I’ll continue to read the book and will most likely enjoy it, as a whole, very much. However, I personally think the finish-a-book-in-one-sitting days are over.
What do you think? As a writer do you find tiny mistakes annoying or do you ignore them and read on?