Should I or shouldn't I?

@snowy22315 (52771)
United States
March 18, 2018 9:48am CST
I mentioned before the kindle book I was reading that had all the characters. The book was ok, reasonably interesting..however, since there were sooo many characters, I found it a bit confusing. It also made it a bit hard to connect with the characters. The author has a page on FB, and seems eager to connect with people. Do you think I should mention this to her? I don't want to insult her. I suppose I could code it in a positive way, like although I did enjoy your book..I found the extraordinary number of characters confusing, and not really sure why so many were included..or something like that. Some people are good with accepting critcism and others not so much..
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@Courage7 (16126)
• United States
18 Mar
I would not risk it but that is just me. You never know what kind of stance people are going to take when you criticize even tho they should be open to it.
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@snowy22315 (52771)
• United States
18 Mar
I think I will just be diplomatic and say what I think.
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@Courage7 (16126)
• United States
18 Mar
@snowy22315 Yes try it.
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@mlgen1037 (29626)
• Manila, Philippines
18 Mar
I tend to get confused with stories that involve many characters, unless they are being distinguished or have a big impact on the main character. You may privately message her and give her your thought. I am sure the author would appreciate your view of the book.
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@snowy22315 (52771)
• United States
18 Mar
Yes, I did take Super Singh's advice and sent her a private message..praising the book then, adding my critque with a smiley face. I think a work is like the author's child..they are sensitive to it, as you might be to your child. Even if they are used to it, it still stings a bit.
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@mlgen1037 (29626)
• Manila, Philippines
18 Mar
@snowy22315 yeah but I am sure she would appreciate your message. As they say, everyday is a learning process.
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• United States
18 Mar
I'm sure if you say it nicely the author will appreciate your feedback.
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@snowy22315 (52771)
• United States
18 Mar
That is what I am thinking. It says on the page you usually responds quickly..so we will see.
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• United States
19 Mar
@snowy22315 let us know!
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@snowy22315 (52771)
• United States
19 Mar
@Marilynda1225 I looked just now to see if she had responded..maybe she won't..oh well..I gave her my feedback anyway.
• Ponce De Leon, Florida
18 Mar
Authors have to be good at accepting criticism
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@snowy22315 (52771)
• United States
18 Mar
Maybe I will just point it out as nicely as possible..if she didn't want feedback, I don't think she would have included the information.
• Ponce De Leon, Florida
18 Mar
@snowy22315 you should message dw Davis on here as he is a published author and ask him how he would want to hear it. That might help
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@snowy22315 (52771)
• United States
18 Mar
@thislittlepennyearns So, is Valerie, there are several published authors on MyLot. I am not gonna put that much effort into it. I will just nicely say something I think. I don't think it is going to devastate her.
@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Mar
This is tricky but I guess if you worded it very carefully you could dodge offending her. Hopefully she is secure enough as an author to be able to take what you say, think about it then reject it or accept that you have a valid point
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@snowy22315 (52771)
• United States
19 Mar
Yes, well I sent it..I suppose if she is offended she will not respond..oh well.
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@Starmaiden (7643)
• Canada
18 Mar
I would tell her I liked the story but found it to be a difficult read because of too many multiple characters. I read the book "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy and found that story confusing for the exact same reason. Too many characters that had no significance to the life of Anna. :-)
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@snowy22315 (52771)
• United States
18 Mar
Most people when they read something want to be either passively entertained or engaged. However, they don't want to be engaged to the point that they have to make a story web to keep people straight!
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@Corbin5 (116145)
• United States
18 Mar
I think a comment that suggests room for improvement would be helpful to an author.
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@snowy22315 (52771)
• United States
18 Mar
Yes, I me she is free to accept or reject it..it would just be from my experience as a reader.
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@Courtlynn (55167)
• United States
18 Mar
I guess you should let them know
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@snowy22315 (52771)
• United States
18 Mar
It isn't going to hurt.
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@amadeo (73281)
• United States
18 Mar
that is up to you if you want to
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