January 9, 2013 by thebookslayer
This is a Book Slayer Book Emergency Alert!
Bad Book Denial has been running rampant throughout book lovers all over the world. Please stay tuned for more information on how to spot this problem.
Ever have a book that you have been looking forward to for so long that when it arrives you think you found the holy grail? Or maybe you have been hearing about a book that everyone loves and you picked it up to experience its greatness? Heck, it might be a book you just randomly picked up because it looked so awesome you couldn’t wait to start reading.
You find that special spot to sit down, all you book lovers know what I am talking about, after getting a drink and maybe something to snack on you snuggle down in and start reading.
The first paragraph just doesn’t grab you but you keep reading, telling yourself it is only the first page.
Welcome, my fellow readers, to the first stage of bad book denial.
First Page Forgiveness
I am guilty of this one. I have forgiven tons of books for their terrible, horrible, no good very bad first page. What do we, my fellow readers, keep doing? Reading. And so our denial begins with a small inadequacy of the book.
But wait! We are now 10 pages in and your attention keeps wandering to the last Walking Dead show. I mean could you believe that this season ended with Daryl being caught and possibly killed?! I am outrage!
Oh where were we? That was right. Our attention is not on the book but we should really give it 50 pages. Maybe this is the author’s first book or you love the author’s other books so much that you just know 50 pages in it will all be better.
You just entered stage two of bad book denial.
The Fifty Page Promise
I typically make myself read the first 50 pages. You just never know if you could be missing out on a great book otherwise. So we tell ourselves it will all make sense and grab us by page 50.
That 50 page mark hits and you feel like you just walked through miles of mud. It is clinging to every part of you but you won’t give in. Some of the characters aren’t horrible and the plot could pick up just right around the corner.
You take a deep breath and plunge into the book again. It will happen, you just know it.
Hello stage three.
The Big Push Compromise
At this stage you are holding out for the amazing part of the book to be revealed. I mean a favorite author wouldn’t let you down or so many other people couldn’t possibly be wrong about this book, so you dive back in with a small glimpse of hope.
Crap! You are now over halfway through and it still sucks. You are at the crossroads, my fellow readers. Do you continue? Or do you admit defeat? Never! This book looked good and was praised. You will not back down. Time has been spent and you must finish.
Oh stage four, how you can ware on a person.
The Final Standoff
This one tends to feel like a standoff between you and your book, because while you have been disappointed you must finish and maybe it will end okay. This stage may contain lots of skimming and ho humming about.
If you have hit this stage you’re already deciding on whether to write a negative review or not. Yet you still read on.
Once you get to that last page this scenario is the one most likely to occur.
The end of the book is promptly followed by its sudden and mysterious flight across the room where it lands with a thud on the floor. Much profanity will follow for you now realize that you pushed through all 4 stages of bad book denial and wasted your time and money reading this awful book.
This will typically be followed by a review of some sort. You lost time and money. You must keep others from falling into this trap as well. Rant or just a mild negative review, it has to all be said. Once you have typed up and posted your review you still feel unfulfilled.
That’s the worst part of bad book denial. You are never the same after this and the need for an outstanding book pushes you to ask everyone and anyone for a fool-proof book recommend.
But beware. Make sure you don’t allow bad book denial to happen again. It is a vicious cycle that must be broken or you might just find yourself standing at the door of your favorite book store preaching about bad book denial. It’s true, I saw it on the internet and the internet can’t publish anything that isn’t true. 😉
Remember to pass along the 4 stages of Bad Book Denial. Save a book lover from unnecessary heartache by keeping them informed.
This has been a Book Slayer Book Emergency Alert. Thanks for stopping by.