Reading a book is subjective. Sometimes I realize how editors and agents feel. Yesterday I finally found my first book that I will not finish. Which is sad, because the hero/heroine are great. I love them. I want to have them fall in love, and get their happily ever after. But, I want to kill the villains.
I’m all for the villains being bad in a story. How can the hero/heroine be good if they are not played against the bad guys? It is part of the story. But, so is Goal, Motivation, and Conflict.
I do not buy a guy ‘in love’ with the heroine, she does something he asked her to do, and he turns on her. Calls her every name in the book when she did what he asks and it put her into danger to boot. I don’t buy it and I can’t read it.
But, as a writer it is a great lesson in what I don’t want to do in any story I write. A guy or girl can be bad but it has to have a reason and motivation behind it.