Slow Paced Books: A Mini Discussion


I have come across a common theme in reviews that really bugs me. I came across it largely when doing some research for a review I wrote on Rook by Sharon Cameron a couple of months ago (yes, I am only now getting around to writing this discussion). People often, in negative reviews (or positive ones) state that one of the things that made a book bad was the slow pacing. Slow pacing isn’t necessarily a bad thing and people tend to be a bit hypocritical: the majority of classics are slow paced, but we don’t seem to critique them the same way. And slow paced doesn’t mean boring!

Let me know what you think about this issue!

Keira x


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Word Wonders says:

    The only time the slow pace bothers me is when the book clames to be action-packed and fast-paced. This is a really interesting subject by the way!

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    1. Keira says:

      Thank you! And false advertising is always annoying.

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  2. I think it’s an interesting issue- cos sometimes slow-paced can work as long as it’s engaging and done well- but sometimes it’s boring and detrimental to the enjoyment of the book. It really depends on the book whether it bothers me or not- but people should explain why something is a problem, because you’re right, it’s not always an issue

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    1. Keira says:

      Nicely put!

      Liked by 1 person

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