“The characters are flat and lack personality.” “I loved the characters and can’t wait to see how they grow.” “The story is not original and goes nowhere.” “This book is a great read with a plot twist sent me for a spin.” “Way too many descriptions.” “I wish the author would have given more details.” Okay, I’m paraphrasing a little, but I hope you get the point.
I love getting reviews and emails about my novel (even the one and two star reviews). I’ll admit the lower reviews sting a little, but I realize everyone has different tastes and expectations that bring them to their conclusion. It is just funny how two people reading the same book can feel so differently about it. Even immensely popular novels have warring viewpoints.
As an author it can be a little confusing, or at least for me it can. It is impossible to please everyone when you write. I know that. When you sit down to write your next book though you can hear the warring voices in the back of your head, and at times it can be hard to turn them off. In the end though I guess we just need to write what we feel is best, and take the opinions from those we feel matter the most.