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 this is a snippet of a comment i just wrote and i thought it might be a good question/topic for this comm.

 a lot of the time i choose my reading...especially fiction...by how much i like the writing regardless of topic,pretty much. i don't know what that says about me or if other folks do that.

for instance,years ago i read a bunch of books about planes and aviation because i liked richard bach's writing. recently,i read 'reamde' by neal stephenson,which i would say is an action/thriller,even though that's not usually my favorite type of book,because i love how neal stephenson writes.

Date: 2017-04-29 06:56 pm (UTC)
musyc: Silver flute resting diagonally across sheet music (Default)
From: [personal profile] musyc
I'm like that with Jodi Picoult. I've read everything of hers, regardless of the subject, because I just love the way she writes. She's certainly not the best technical writer, sometimes her prose can be pretty average or clunky, but she can tell a story.

Date: 2017-04-30 11:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fred_mouse
The writing is important for me getting through something, but not critical in the picking of the book. I do tend to pick authors I'm already familiar with, but it turns out that my favourite books of last year were all new-to-me authors.

Date: 2017-04-30 08:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hardboiledbaby
I do tend to gravitate to tried-and-true authors, but enthusiastic recs can lead me to awesome reading material I wouldn't have otherwise considered.

Date: 2017-05-04 12:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
I find content and plot can keep me happy as long as the prose is adequate, but bad prose can make me put down a book which sounds like it ought to otherwise keep my interest.

So I guess good prose alone is rarely enough to keep me reading content I don't find compelling, but bad prose will actively stop me from discovering new stuff.

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