A while ago, on Chatabout, somebody asked that if you’ve ever read a book you didn’t like and thought you could write it better.
At first, I was going to respond. In the end, I decided not to. I didn’t think the person who asked the question nor those who responded would appreciate my opinion. The person who asked the question, as well as all who responded, said yes, that there were books they could definitely write better than the respective authors.
I believe the person who asked the question was a writer. I decided not to respond because it became a bashing of those they thought were inferior writers.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I like every single book I read because I don’t. Everyone has books that they didn’t like for whatever reason. I have definitely had my share of books I didn’t like, whether because of not feeling a connection to the main character, the story or something else.
But these books, the ones I didn’t like, I can’t say that I ever thought I could write them better. No matter how much I do not like a book, I still have respect for the author and their writing.
Someone who writes puts their all into it. They put their whole being into it. And even if it is a book I don’t like, I know the author poured all their soul into the book just as any author I like did with their books.
So, no. I do not think any book I don’t like I could write it better than its author. I may not have liked it, but someone else out there does. Someone else out there found a connection to the main character or something they relate to within the pages. And I think that’s great.
Have you ever read something and thought you could write it better?