If you read fantasy or scifi there is a lot of room for the author to stretch realism. But if you read historical or contemporary romance how important is it for the plot/facts to be completely realistic? Is it okay if the events are possible even if they may not be probable? Would that effect how you like or rate the book?
This is a real snowman but how likely is it?
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Actually - I have had lack of realism effect my rating. I read one story where the circumstances were so improbable to me that it ruined the rest of the story. Now in that instance, I recall I had some trouble with liking the characters and felt there was lack of consistency. Every thing felt flat as well as unbelievable. So the lack of realism only compounded an unhappy read for me.
On another occasion the circumstances of the story were on the edge of believable - it could happen but not likely! But I liked the characters and the intent of the story so much that the "stretch of the circumstances" didn't bother me. I still found the story engaging, upbeat, sweet and fun and therefore overlooked the improbabilities! I would however mark the story down by at least .25 because of the realism issue.
Now on to a more technical area of accuracy: what about a historical romance that has a feature definitely out of time? For example buttons before they were in use? Would you notice? Would you care? I for one wouldn't know when buttons began to be used without looking it up (probably at a good historical author blog!) So I probably wouldn't notice that type of detail. But I know there are some historical readers who would definitely notice!
So tell me what you think?? How important is realism to YOU in the books you read?
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