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jdinopks wrote:I like mystery and crime fiction.
My go-to authors are currently Faye Kellerman and Mariah Stewart, although I'm looking for new authors because I'm frustrated with contradictions in character actions and timeline continuity.
Does anyone else find glaring editing and continuity issues in the books they read?
I find it takes me out of the story when I notice a repeated action or a repeated section of text.
Unwarranted contradictions in character actions would drive me up a wall. However, in mystery and crime fiction there will be early contradictions when writing about psychopaths, sociopaths, bipolar, and multi-polar characters. The good writers resolve these contradictions somewhere in the book, so OK. That is why I mention "unwarranted."
For timelines, the same kind of thing. I have read several Amy Cross novels in which I skipped over a date and time used as a chapter heading. Then I have to go back.
I wouldn't want to stifle a writer's creativity with prescriptive rules, but I understand your point.
I love reading about worlds that could be, can be, or might be. I feel like in fantasy, the creativity that goes into making up the world, time, setting, and characters, gives the reader a lot of free room to add on to the story. You can interpret the characters and other aspects of the book in your own way without messing up the story at all.
Also, it's a lot easier to write fanfiction or headcanons for worlds with magic and the impossible. Readers can write fanfictions where almost anything is possible and for authors to give a readers that possibility, I believe that is the greatest gift yet.