I used to watch the show Hereos. I know it's a hard thing for me to admit, but its first year was really good. The characters were great and the storylines even better. I found myself routing for the characters and wanting them to find love, success, and happiness. But no one ever did. Yes it's good to have tension, problems and dire circumstances, but eventually that's all the show was about. I got sick of watching people die and suffer all the time.
There has to be little snippets of something good to keep the readers wanting to read more. (At least that's what I think)
Today I read a review of a book that made me think.
The author's luminous prose never falters, he's a master. Alas, the same can't be said for the reader's emotional investment.
No matter how well we write, if the reader doesn't want to read the story no amount of excellent sentence structure will solve that. I think we need to balance the perils of our characters situations with a little humor, love, and happiness.
What do you think?