Recently, I have become fascinated by reading reviews on Goodreads. Not just for my own books, but reviews on books I loved, and books I wasn't crazy about. It never fails to astonish me how different people's opinions can be.
But what I don't get are ratings that don't entirely match up to the review. One thing I've seen over and over is people who made a point to comment that they loved someone's writing style, but were so annoyed by the characters, they only gave one or two stars overall. It got me wondering - what is the biggest factor that makes people decide to give a bad rating?
For me, not understanding or liking a character is not a good enough reason. I recently read a book in which I didn't feel any connection to the main characters, and one of them I outright HATED. However, even though I wasn't crazy about the people in the book, I enjoyed the story, and the writing was excellent.
Reasons I dislike books include draggy plots, masses of errors that distract from the story, and unrealistic dialogue. But not understanding a character's actions? I dunno, I guess it feels a little judgmental to me. Just because a person might not agree with a choice, it doesn't make the overall story a disaster - most of the time. ;)
So tell me - what makes you dislike a book? What would make you leave a bad review?