And the other day, Rosie posted this comment on Dear Author about Jane’s review of JR Ward’s Lover Awakened:
I appreciate the reviews, the comments, after all I spend a significant amount of time reading book reviews. But sometimes I don’t want to pick apart why I liked something or feel around for what didn’t make sense or didn’t really work in the story. Sometimes all I want to do is say, “Hey, I really liked this book!”
And that totally nails how I feel about JR’s books (and others). Sometimes there are just certain books that, like husbands, you love–warts and all. It defies description and sometimes defies rationale, but no one can dissuade you from the love or make you believe the problems are even problems. Some books you just love and you don’t want to have to explain why, or have someone explain why you shouldn’t love it.
Sometimes, a book is just an escape and shouldn’t be analyzed or torn apart for how you felt about it, because that’s not what it’s about. It’s about the characters and the story and feeling the emotions and living the dream as if you were actually in the room, watching it happen. Or having it happen to you. It’s not always about the editing, the sentence structure, the grammar, the plot holes–sometimes it’s just about the story and how much you love it. There’s nothing wrong with not being able to–or not wanting to–analyze a book and its parts. Because that’s not what’s always important about the book. Not every book has to be a literary masterpiece as long as it does its job and makes the reader feel, sends them on a journey and makes them believe in romance or magic or adventure–even if just for a few hours.