That's the dream.
So often I wind up starting a book with all kinds of anticipation. It sounds exactly the kind of story that I love, I can't wait to start reading.
Then after the first few pages I'm going 'hmmmm. Not so sure this is living up to the blurb.' 'Not sure I like the writing.' 'The characters are really shallow and uninteresting'.
It's heartbreaking. Especially when the idea behind the book is so promising. It feels like a waste that this book got published when some other writer could have used the premise and made it the book I wanted to read. When I could have written the story in a way that would have done the story justice.
I'm reading one of these books now. I loved the cover copy, but the book is badly written. The language is stilted and the whole thing lacks the emotional impact the story demands. I'm not finished yet, so I have a little spark of hope. Maybe it will get better. But I'm not convinced of that....
Are you ever disappointed by books you choose? Do you ever feel like you could write the story better?