Have you ever read a thing in a book or seen in a show/movie where you thought: “Oh, this is bad, I can do this so much better!” What was it?
I won’t name names because I’d never publicly do that to another writer. We all have our differences and styles, that’s what makes us unique. If all writers wrote the same, the world would be the grayscale option on a printer. That being said, the one thing that I have read more often than not where I thought I could do better were romance novels of the erotic variety. Don’t look at me like that, you know you’ve read at least one in your travels.
My issue is that there’s no plot and some people like the plotless smut but I am not one of them. Characters need purpose, direction, motivation. Sure, I guess getting laid can be all of those things but I need more. I need more than a petite woman with big boobs getting hit on by a tall buff dude with Chad Michael Murray’s face. The fantasy is great and all, but it’s just so superficial. Those intimate moments have to be written well, otherwise it feels awkward.