I remember when people picked up a book and read it...without the drama.
I must be old, because I remember a time when books head hopped and nobody noticed. Anybody notice the Big 6 still does? I know Random House does. I had trouble with one of their titles because of it--but I've been trained to watch it for as an editor, so it would bother me. But I remember when ALL books did that. There were no rules against it and not every single reader was a self-declared editor. Now, we can't head hop. At all. Ever. Unless we're with Random House.
I remember when if you bought a book and didn't like, you could NOT go back to the store and demand a refund. "Don't like it? Sorry. Take it to the used bookstore."
I remember when books were 6.99 for a paperback, for a full story, none of this 99-cents for 80k or FREE door stop stuff. You got what you paid for back then.
And if you ever pick up a fiction book from those days, there is no Table of Contents. Why would there be? But a friend on FB was saying she had to add a TOC to all her fiction books now. It is Amazon-recommended and reader-demanded. Apparently readers wish to skip chapters. How the hell do you know what's going on then???
And let's be realistic here for a second, just what are half of these TOCs going to look like?
Hot Sex Scene....3
A Little More Story....10
Really Hot Anal Sex Scene....11
Some More Story....30
Really Hot Menage Scene....31
Cheesy Happy Ending....49
Regardless, what's with all the demands? It's an ever-growing list. It started as "no head hopping, no tragic endings...no closed-door sex..." and became "We want a book a month and all of them FREE! We want full-length novels for next to nothing. No short stories!" And now it's "We want TOCs so we can just skip what few pages of story there is!"
I must be old, 'cause I remember when people just bought a book, sat down, and read the damned thing...without all the drama.