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The last two weeks I talked about what I like to see in romance and characters. This week it’s time for stories. Which is always one of the first alinea’s in my reviews. A good story can really make or break a book and while I am pretty flexible with the topic of the story, there certainly are certain ways to hook me with a story.
What do I like to see in stories?
- Good Writing Style. Ofcourse this is very subjective and not easy to explain in words, but there are certain authors who just have the right writing style. The way they write just immediately hooks me to the story. Finding an author who’s writing style I like is one of the best feelings in the world. As liking the writing style makes it so much easier to get into a book and enjoy it.
- Pace. When it comes to pace, I am pretty flexible. I like slow paced books and I like fast paced books, but what’s most important is that the pace fits the story. Sometimes it just feels like things are going too slow and it fails to keep me engaged, but there are also books where the slow pace works really well as there’s still enough happening (see next point). Same goes with fast pace, a fast paced book can be a lot of fun to read, but when things go so fast you lose track of the story, it’s a bad things.
- Enough events/ things happening. I feel that when a book is slow or fails to capture my attention it’s usually more due to not enough things happening than the actual pace. The main plot lines can further slowly as long as the scenes are still interesting and there are still things going. So yes I like my stories with lots of events or scenes and things going on.
- Plot is going somewhere. This one is related to the previous one. I want the plot and story to go somewhere, I want there to be change or progression, not just have the characters sit around and do nothing. I like it when the world or characters change and things happen. A good way to keep me invested in the story is when the plot goes somewhere and changes happen.
- Foreshadowing/ build-up. I love foreshadowing in books, it doesn’t matter whether I already know where the foreshadowing is for or if that stay a mystery for a long time. There are some books where you only notice the foreshadowing after the event has hapened and I love how you can look back and notice the plot was working towards the ven the whole time. Same goes with build-up I like it when I feel the plot is building towards an event.
- Enjoy the story. Sometimes it’s hard to exactly explain why or what you like, but a story just works for you. I want to be able to enjoy the story.
- Make me Care. One reason why I DNF books is when I don’t care about the plot or characters. I want to care about what is going to happen next and be invested in the book.
- Plot Twists. I love me some plot twist, I like being surprised at the direction a story goes or when things happen that I didn’t see coming. I like being impressed by cleverly done plot twists. I often mention this in my reviews and think plot twists are a good thing.
- No drama for the sake of having drama. I don’t mind drama in books, in fact I might even like it most of the time, but I do want there to be real drama, not drama simply added because they need drama or because someone doesn’t say something or lied. I want drama because of something that happens or happened, the situation they are in etc.
- Makes Sense. I want the story to make sense. What I mean is that I want to be able to understand what’s happening and why and that the story flow naturally in a way that makes sense to the reader. That the way things are make sense and you can see how things got to that point. I don’t want to be confused when reading as that can take me out of the story.
- Keep Reading Feel. I love stories that have that keep reading feel. Where I want to know what happens next and have a hard time putting the book down. It’s definitely a good thing is a book has this.
- Multiple Point of View. I am a big fan of multiple point of views as that means we get to know multiple characters and it often means I can better understand why characetrs to the things they do. I often like a story more simply because it has multiple point of views. Although I also think that multiple point of view isn’t always a good thing. I have read books were the voices are too similiar or hard to keep apart or when the pov switches at cliffhangers every time. So it can be a challenge to have multiple point of views done right.
- originality. I like books that have an original plot, when the plot is different than what I read beore or even when the story is written or executed in an original way.
A good story doesn’t need to have all of these, but these are the things I like seeing in books and most likely will mention in my review. Often only one of these in a story is already a good thing and will make it much more likely that I enjoy the book.