What makes or breaks a book for you?
The more I read and review, the more I analyze what makes a book enjoyable. For me, I prefer to see a strong female lead, but do occasionally pick up a book that has a main male character (usually outside my normal preferred genres). Novels have to keep up a good pace and not get too bogged down by detail or back-story. There should be a good amount of character development and world building and the author should avoid repetitive word usage as well as too many clichés . I need some romance (or hope of it to follow in future books) for fiction stories. There are exceptions to the rule, such as if the main character is a kid, but with adult books I prefer to have it. I’m a romance nut and tend to look for it in every fiction book I pick up.
There are many other factors that contribute to my enjoyment of a story, but I’m curious to hear what others prefer. If you could list two things that make you love a book and two things that make you dislike it, I would love to see what you have to say. It will most likely prove we are all different and have our own unique taste in what is good or bad. Yet it might also give an idea of what things are good to avoid when writing our own stories (for those of us that do).
Please feel free to explain your answers or include more than two of each. I just set a minimum so people would have some kind of guideline to go off of for their comments.