Last night I attended my very first Book Club meeting. To be honest, I went with a sense of trepidation since I disliked the month’s book. To be fair, it’s the kind of book that I’d never pick up on my own to read, but since one of my objectives in joining a book club was to expand my reading horizons, I gave it a try. It was what I would call literary chick lit. It was Oprah approved.
So in a group of seven women (ranging in age from mid-30’s to mid-60’s) FIVE of us strongly disliked pretty much everything about the book. One woman seemed to be sort of “eh” about it and one loved it. The woman who loved it insisted it was a satire…something which escaped the rest of us.
(To be honest, I can’t imagine Oprah picking a satire for her Book Club (this book was an official selection for it) can you???)
So while I hated this book, we can assume that Oprah loved it.
And that my friends is a lesson in how subjective the reading experience can be. Five people in our group disliked this book, but one woman (and Oprah) loved it.
So the next time you get a query or manuscript rejected, or your book gets a terrible review, just remember that it’s ALL subjective.