The Difference of Bad

I am REALLY struggling to finish a book. Some time ago I started to read “A Casual Vacancy” by JK Rowling. I am not even halfway through and struggling to proceed. I am just not enjoying it. Not as much as I want to be.

I understood before going into it that it was not going to be anything like Harry Potter. It is far more literary than that. Literature moves at a much slower pace than pop-fiction, thrillers, and the like. The movements are more subtle. There is far more focus on characters, less of bigger things happening. There is plenty happening… just in the smaller minutia of life.

I don’t hate it. I am just not enjoying it.

But I wouldn’t call it bad. Not at all. I would just call it something I am not into.

All too often I see the response to something we don’t like as “it’s bad.” Or “it was terrible.” Rather, the story just wasn’t something they were into. For instance, it might be in a genre one doesn’t like.

No matter what, it doesn’t mean something is bad.

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