Musing Mondays is a book meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading, and it basically just poses some insightful question about your reading style... today's question is:
Do you care if the book’s storyline is unrealistic? Will you keep reading, or will you set the book aside?
This depends. I love fantasy/paranormal/supernatural plots just as much as I like YA that takes place in a contemporary, believable setting. As long as the characters are acting in a realistic way (their actions make sense based on how the author has developed their personalities) and events take place in a logical way, then I will keep reading the book. What I probably could not stand is if a character started acting completely contrary to how they've been portrayed, or if events get so ridiculously unbelievable that I can't even take the story seriously anymore.
Another thing I will add that really bothers me is when I am reading an historical fiction about events that really did take place in the past but the author has changed everything around and sort of "tampered" with history to create their own twist on what happened. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with creating a new story out of past events, but personally, as a history major and history-obsessed nerd, I just can't stand it, and will most likely stop reading a book if it starts saying a bunch of stuff that runs contrary to what really happened-- I feel like it isn't doing history justice. (One major example would be The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory- I just couldn't like this book because I know that half the stuff it covers never could have taken place.) Maybe because these kinds of historical fictions deal with real people, I think we owe it to them to portray them as they really were and not make things up, because it warps people's perceptions of who they were in real life.
That's just my opinion! How about you? Do you mind reading an unbelievable story?