I've been thinking lately about something someone told me a few years ago and wondering what my blog pals think.
If you're reading a book and a little detail is wrong, how much does it irritate you? What about big details?
Are you more likely to get irritated if the detail is about a place you lived or a job you've done or some hobby you're familiar with?
Personally, I don't think I'm all that easy to irritate. Let's say I'm reading a crime novel. Everything I know about crime I've learned on TV, so let's just say I'm not the best expert. I wouldn't know if someone got something wrong unless it was glaringly wrong. Like a veteran cop gets a tip on the location of the murderer and he rushes right over - without calling for backup or telling anyone where he's going. That would probably make me want to chuck the book at a wall.
Unless the story really grabs my attention - so much so that I don't really notice he's just done something no self respecting officer would do.
And maybe that's the 'get out of jail free card'.
Let's take Grey's Anatomy. I lurve that show. But I also recognize they get a lot of things wrong. The end of the musical episode where Callie wakes up after all that brain trauma and answers the question Arizona asked her in the minutes leading up to the accident?? Yeah. That would never happen. I've never met someone with brain damage who remembers the time around the accident that caused their brain damage. Personally, 27 days of my life went ba-bye forever . Heh, and the musical episode is still one of my favorites. Grey's is so awesome, it gets a whole deck of 'get out of jail free cards' from me.
So, I'm guessing the answer to how picky a reader is would be subjective. Still, I'd like to know the answer.
How picky are you?