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Posted 8/21/16
yes i would
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Yes but I don't do it often. Twilight was like that although some would argue about it being good storytelling. I thought they were okay, not great but not too bad. The grammar was pretty atrocious though. I loved the Host though. I wish she could write more books like that and it was a major step forward from Twilight both grammatically speaking and story wise. The movie was godawful though and missed the entire point of the book which was about what it is to be human. It's really strange that Twilight was so poorly written while the Host was actually competently written. Maybe she was improving? It's hard to say since she hasn't written anything else since then.

You want some bad grammar and bad story telling then just read 50 Shades of Grey. My God how did that person get published? I read the first few paragraphs in a store a while back and it was like reading a book published by a 6 year old. It's really that bad and I would be ashamed if my name was attached to that book. The editor should be ashamed of themselves. So should everyone else who was involved.
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I'll let bad grammar slide if it's intentional and within context or dialogue. But writers should not expect readers to pay for their work if they didn't bother to invest in editing. Shitty grammar distracts from storytelling, as are typos and misspellings. I stop reading at that point.
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Posted 8/22/16
There are so many books out there, and so many even just in my to read piles that I don't have any patience for anything that's less than great.
Posted 8/22/16
No. That is unacceptable.

Unless it's written that way on purpose (i.e. first person storytelling and the grammar style is meant to add character), it's really unforgivable for something terribly written to make it to print. That's what editors are for.

I'm really nitpicky of grammar and style when reading because of my inner editor. This is one of the reasons why I never got through Eragon. The writing style was just not refined yet which was understandable because the author was very young, but it really got in the way and prevented me from enjoying the book.

On the flip side, failure in storytelling can be subjective. I personally think that The Sookie Stackhouse Novels (True Blood Novels) aren't that great story-wise, but a lot of other people really liked it. Storytelling really comes down to personal taste unless it's just so bad that it doesn't even deserve to see the light of a slush pile in which case it's never gonna be printed anyway.
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No. That is unacceptable.

Unless it's written that way on purpose (i.e. first person storytelling and the grammar style is meant to add character), it's really unforgivable for something terribly written to make it to print. That's what editors are for.

I'm really nitpicky of grammar and style when reading because of my inner editor. This is one of the reasons why I never got through Eragon. The writing style was just not refined yet which was understandable because the author was very young, but it really got in the way and prevented me from enjoying the book.

On the flip side, failure in storytelling can be subjective. I personally think that The Sookie Stackhouse Novels (True Blood Novels) aren't that great story-wise, but a lot of other people really liked it. Storytelling really comes down to personal taste unless it's just so bad that it doesn't even deserve to see the light of a slush pile in which case it's never gonna be printed anyway.



Wish I had money for an editor.
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Posted 10/31/16
To be honest, no.

No matter how amazing the storyline is,
It can distract you completely as you'll be more focused to correcting the grammar and unconsciously be checking for misspellings, wrong punctuations etc.

If I want to have a great time reading,
Let me read something with a good plot with nothing to worry about grammar.


But that's highly unlikely.
You publish a book, you get editors.

Unless you post it online by yourself.

There can be typos and misspelling and sometimes that can be unavoidable.
That's why use MS Word to aid your concern and focus making a mindblowing storyline.
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Honestly no, I can barely keep reading when there's a simple misspelling in a book.

Besides, I believe grammar is part of good storytelling, isn't it?
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Posted 10/31/16
So, the no's have it.
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Posted 10/31/16
No, that's what editors are for.
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Well, how would you read the story if you can't understand it?If it's stuff like lowercase at the beginning of a sentence, commas in wrong places and some words misspelled but you are still able to interpret what it is then sure I would read. But if it was broken English, no.
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Yes. I would proofread it then send it back covered in red pen.
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Can't people just use grammar checkers?
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nanikore2 wrote:

Can't people just use grammar checkers?


I mean it would help with syntax and spelling errors, but it wouldn't help with sentences that are grammatically correct but make no sense, are confusing, or don't deliver the intended effect.
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