There was a book, before I started writing, that I read a few times. And I loved it. And I loved the sequel. And the third in the series. I thought they were brilliant. Right up there with my favourite books. They could do no wrong.
And then I started writing. They were ruined. I didn't actually notice they were ruined until recently, when the final book in the series was released and I decided to reread the first three as a refresher in the story. After a month of trying I've made it to about page 150 of book one.
The beginning drags, nothing really happens until the 100 page mark. The dialogue is stilted. The writing is weighed down by too many adjectives and adverbs and sentences like 'the river rushed by peacefuly'. The main character is two dimensional and boring. The list goes on.
So why did I love these books so much BW (Before Writing)? Why did all these broken rules not bother me? Could I not recognise bad writing? Was I just not an evolved reader? Or is it because the rules really only matter to those who follow them? The writers? Me AW (After Writing)?
I'm finding it a sad thing to realise a book I believed was one of my favourites no longer holds a place at the top.
What are your thoughts? Are we ruining perfectly good books for ourselves by getting hung up on rules? Or are readers just as aware of stilted, rule-breaking writing as writers?