My last post about breaking down a bestseller evoked some comments I found interesting. It's really cool to learn about what different peeps like in a story. One comment, in particular, brought up this question for me, and I found myself thinking about it a lot.
Sarah Ahiers (Falen) left a comment regarding the tension in The Hunger Games. I had mentioned that was part of why the book is such a page turner--the tension has you tearing through the pages. Sarah brought up a really great point. In her own words:
"I actually felt there was too much tension. Yes, it kept me reading instead of going to bed, but i don't actually like that. I'd rather feel free to take my time and read something than feel forced to not put it down. That's just me though, i like a mid range pace."
I totally get this. And I'm so glad Sarah mentioned this. It seems like today writers are so pressured to create the high tension kind of story people can't put down. And don't get me wrong, I love a fast paced story that has me on the edge of my seat. But I also love the kind of story you can curl up and enjoy at your own pace, without a lot of action or tension.
Matter of fact, when I first started pursuing novel writing, I was dumbfounded by the requirements of having so much tension in a story. Now, I agree high stakes and conflict and tension make for a great story. But what about those of us who just love a good story?
I thought it was a great point Sarah made. And I open the question up to you. What are your thoughts? Do you need the fast paced kind of story like The Hunger Games to stay interested? Or can you enjoy a good story without all the tension? Inquiring minds want to know ...
BTW I'm happy to announce FLOAT has been released to eBook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & Smashwords. For more info on FLOAT the story, click here. Proceeds go to fund the FLOAT mission and encourage teen self-esteem.
Have a groovy weekend!