This week I stopped reading a story by a favorite author and this quote by Gustave Flaubert came to mind:
"An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere."
When I began reading I expected the author to grab my attention from the first page--and he DID. I expected the story to captivate and intrigue--and it DID.
Then, around the midway point, the author abandoned his story to lecture me on a matter near and dear to his heart.
Don't get me wrong.
I'm all in favor of a good cause. The problem is it became the focal point of an otherwise entertaining story. What began as a cozy whodunit, morphed into a tome on the injustice and cruelty of mankind.
I doubt I'll read anything by this author again. That sacred bond I shared with the author is not only broken but beyond repair. And all because of author interference.
Am I being too harsh? Too reactionary? Is author interference something you can overlook as a reader?
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