Is it a bad thing when no one likes the book?
Posted by: Rebecca Vnuk
At a recent book discussion, it became very clear that no one present liked the book. (I did have two no-shows who emailed me to say they enjoyed it… but that didn’t help at discussion time!)
I wasn’t too bothered by this, even though the book was my choice. After all, no one was attacking me personally for picking it, and they genuinely wanted to know why I liked it. I was not surprised, because I had done the book several times before with different groups, and some people didn’t care for it. To me, that can make for a great discussion, because there is something there for people to talk about – from the plot to the characters to the writing style, people are often more passionate when they don’t like something than when they do! After all, it’s a pretty boring discussion when everyone just says, “ooh, I liked this”… and that’s all.
However, I did feel a little sorry about it, worrying that people might have thought they wasted their time reading something they didn’t enjoy. Readers, do you have any experiences with your group hating the book you’ve chosen?