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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Would You Rather Wednesday...

I love the game "Would You Rather". Or, to be more honest, I love the concept of the game "Would You Rather". I've actually never played it. But I've read the back of many versions of the game box, and it seems like a ton of fun. So I wanted to do my own little version for writers/readers.



Would you rather...

1. ...Give a harsh critique or get a harsh critique?

2. ...Read a novel filled with lots of extra exposition, or one with unlikable characters?

3. ...Get on a bestseller list with your novel, or win a prestigious literary award?

Go ahead, answer one of them or all of them! I'll come back later and give my answers in the comments.

6 comments:

  1. My kids play this all the time in the car. It's a big game to see who can come up with the grossest 'Would you Rather'

    1. ...Give a harsh critique or get a harsh critique?

    Get one. I find tough crits are often the best ones, because they challenge me on my goals for the book. I like tough or harsh, as long as it's always respectful and comments are explained, not just random "I didn't like this.' I hate giving tough crits, because while I try not to be harsh, it is subjective. I never want anyone to feel bummed or hurt by a crit.

    2. ...Read a novel filled with lots of extra exposition, or one with unlikable characters?

    Tough. But...probably I'd rather read an excess of exposition, because I can choose to skim. If there are characetrs I don't like, the novel is ruined.

    3. ...Get on a bestseller list with your novel, or win a prestigious literary award?

    Best seller's list. I care about reaching the people I'm writing for, not being acknowledged for a literary contribution (which is highly subjective anyway, right?)

    Brilliant idea to play this for writers on your blog. I love it. You'll have to do a post like this every once in a while, I think!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  2. 1) neither :)
    2) likable characters
    3) bestseller all the way, baby!!

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  3. Fun! I'll play ...

    1. GET a harsh critique

    2. Extra exposition (if the characters are likable, I'll put up with lots of extraneous stuff. But if they're jerks ... I'll quit reading, hands down.)

    3. Be a bestseller baby!

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  4. 1. ...Give a harsh critique or get a harsh critique?

    I'd rather receive a harsh critique. I might sob and rant a little, but when I calm down I've got something great to work with. On the other hand, I hate tearing apart other people's babies. I want to be encouraging, but some pieces need a lot of work.

    2. ...Read a novel filled with lots of extra exposition, or one with unlikable characters?

    I'd go for the unlikable character. I love to hate characters. As long as the character is well-written, I'm good to go. If I'm ranting about what butthead the character is, then at least the author's got my attention.

    3. ...Get on a bestseller list with your novel, or win a prestigious literary award?

    Put me on the bestseller list any day. Literary awards are great, and I love when my head swells. It's just bestseller lists seem to reach more people.

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  5. Interesting answers! On my LiveJournal blog, I'm seeing more of a split decision between bestsellers and awards, and also split between reading exposition and unlikable characters. It's pretty much unanimous on the point of preferring to get a bad critique over giving one.

    My answers:
    1. Definitely GET a bad critique. I hate having to be be the bearer of bad news and I find I'm kind of hit and miss with delivering the bad news well, though I try...
    2. This was a tough one. I think I'd prefer to read unlikable characters, as long as there's something about the novel that's hooking me and pulling me through. Too much exposition really wears on me and I have put books down because of heavy exposition/just moving too slow, but I don't think I've ever put down a book because of an unlikable character.
    3. Recently I would have said literary award, but my thoughts have been changing as of late. I think I'd rather have the sales and strive for the literary awards as I move on in my career. Sales would mean a good following (hopefully) and good support from the publisher on the next book (probably), as it's a numbers game for them.

    It's been so interesting to read everyone's answers! Thanks all for weighing in!

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  6. Thanks for the fun game, Denise.

    1. ...Get a harsh critique (makes me grow)

    2. ...Read a novel filled with lots of extra exposition (details, baby, details)

    3. ...Win a prestigious literary award (I'll take quality over quantity any day)

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