Have any of you read Fifty Shades of Grey? Awhile ago I succumbed to the hype and dove into all three books.
The first page in, my writer self took over. The main character Anastasia describes herself in a mirror, which is a known no-no according to every agent blog I have ever read. There were also several other no-no's within the first chapter and even more in the first 100 pages. All of which stuck out like a sore thumb.
I'm not going to rip the books apart because this is not what this post is about. I actually enjoyed the books. Really liked them to be honest. I pushed my writer self to the back of my mind, as hard as it was, and just read without analyzing. The story itself was interesting and I wanted to know what happened to make Christian Grey the way he was. It held my interest and I read the three books in less than a week.
So I'm curious. Can you turn off the writer in you when reading? Or is it so strong, no matter how hard you try, you just can't? Have you ever stopped reading a book because it went against everything you have learned as a writer? And if you care to share what book?