I haven’t participated in a Tuesday Talks for a while, but here’s my chance to make it up. This week’s topic: Have you read a book where you feel the Author missed the opportunity to write something more interesting?
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Have you read a book where you feel the Author missed the opportunity to write something more interesting?
Pretty much every book that I have ended up not enjoying as much as I’d initially expected. When I pick a book that has caught my attention in particular, I usually expect something interesting. But, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. So here’s a list of a few books that I felt could have been so much better.
Books with wasted potential?
For the sake of the topic, I will be selecting a few books only. Opinions are my own.
1 . Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Not sure if it’s about whether the author could have written something more interesting or whether he could have written it in a different way. Nevertheless, Nevernight had so much potential within the Dark Fantasy genre, some quality world-building and a great premise. You can read my review of Nevernight here.
2. Writers of The Future Volume 31
I can’t understand what went wrong with this one, because being considered one of the most prestigious writing contests, I was more than excited to read the winner stories of this edition. Experts should know it better, but opinions are opinions. Beautifully written stories that unfortunately didn’t grab enough of my attention plot wise. You can read my review of Writers Of the Future Volume 31 here.
3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Unpopular opinion in this case. A book with an interesting premise that decided to ‘Mary Sueing’ instead of developing the main character. We usually forgive YA characters, but in this case I felt way too disconnected from the heroine. It did have potential. You can read my review of Throne of Glass here.
4. Secret Origins, Vol 1 & 2 (The New 52)
I am hoping Comic Books count because this is a good example of wasted potential. Secret Origins promises to unveil the biggest secrets of DC heroes within the context of The New 52 series. But what do you really get? The origin stories you already know. In fact, the Vol 1 is at least useful, because it gives a bit of insight about the DC heroes for new readers. The Vol 2 is just a mess.
How about you? Have you ever read a book that you thought could be more interesting than it actually ended up being in the end? Give me some examples in the comments.