A lot of the Non Fic November posts so far have been ‘yay to non-fiction’ but today I thought I’d talk about the things I don’t like about a lot of non-fiction because there really are several good reasons that 95% of my reading is fiction.
– The writing can be really dry. A lot of writings can be so full of facts that there’s no drama or intrigue to propel you forwards.
– Some can lack any reasonable amount of research and end up being based on rumours and myth.
– Anyone with a semi-interesting story seems to think they should write a memoir, regardless of writing talent.
– The covers tend to be less than attractive (and I’m a superficial being!)
– A lot of the times they’re just too long. Edit, people!
– A lot of the subjects seem to be quite faddy. I know it’s the same with fiction (vampire love story, anyone?), but because non-fiction is factual there’s so much less variety in the stories of three thousand books about Tudor Queens.
– They’re not promoted in the same way, so I don’t discover works of non-fiction that I’d love to read at the same pace.
– There’s a tendency to be serious. Sometimes I want some frivolousness in my life
So how about you? I know a lot of the Non Fic November participants are big fans of non-fiction but what do you think? Any pet hates to share?