All the little things

A reader’s perspective on details in LesFic

I just finished reading Renee J. Lukas’  The Comfortable Shoes Diary and I have two thoughts. The first is that she did an excellent job of making me connect with the character of Sydney Gray because a couple of days have gone by and I’m still feeling anxious for her. And I guess for myself as well. Which leads me to the second thing, the book makes me totally question what I’m supposed to be doing! That was a big characteristic of Syndney- she wanted to have a plan, a goal and sort of know the outcome of what the next decision would make on her life before she took action on that plan or goal. Back to being anxious and worried and all that joyful stuff. Especially days away from the next birthday.

Maybe it’s not possible to know the outcome the next decision will have on life but it doesn’t hurt to have all the information. Right? And how does that relate to LesFic? Well I’m one of those readers who wants the story wrapped up in a HEA or at least an ending that fits the story. I read the details and for some annoying reason those details have a tendency to stick with me and if they are left hanging…let’s just say I want to know.

Have you as a reader noticed this happening in a story? Does it drive you crazy? This could be considered spoilers but I’m going to share a couple of stories that I truly enjoyed but there was a detail missing that I wanted to know. And they aren’t even important aspects of the story, just something that wasn’t tied up in a pretty bow for me and so it drives me nuts!

For example in D.K. Linda’s My Happy Ever After one of the characters, Talia, has scars on her stomach. This is mentioned in a really touching moment as she and Michele are first getting together and accepting each other with those visible and invisible scars. But scars on the stomach got my imagination going crazy! I mean, I can see a scar on the knee or even on the face, but the stomach? That seems like a pretty tricky place to have a scar without having some type of surgery or something more serious. What happened? Why does Talia have scars on her stomach!? A question that I couldn’t let go, even after finishing the story, so I contacted the author.

Another moment happens in Ali Spooner’s Cowgirl Up which is one of my favorite Ali Spooner stories. I loved the horses, the strength of the three women and the connections that they share. Coal, the ranch hand, in particular just had a way about her and horses that was mesmerizing. But there is an a$$hole in the story that makes Coal’s life miserable and I’m with her when she puts him in his place. The guy ends up dead which puts a lot of suspicion on Coal who is eventually cleared, but who did kill him? It was set up that it didn’t look like an accident, so I had this one thread that was still loose and for days I just kept pondering it and wondering and even with all this energy, I couldn’t find the answer. I suspect one of the characters but Ali never went back and handed me the silver platter with all the information.

Similar to being left without knowing what truly happened in Carsen Taite’sCourtship by [Taite, Carsen] Courtship to Chief Justice Weir that sets the story in motion. And a little side note, that if you haven’t read this story, it is so freaking awesome! In this horrible election year with all this hate and absolute fear the LGBTQ community is experiencing, I would love for Courtship to be a current event story that is currently happening because it would be just amazing to have Addison Riley on the Supreme Court!! But again, after reading this wonderful story, I’m still wondering if I missed something. And if I was sitting in my house right now, I would be running to my bookshelf to check again and see if I missed a detail on who was responsible for the accident.

Is it important that we have all details in a story? I really enjoyed the above stories and only went a little crazy with the missing detail. The detail had no impact on the characters or the overall HEA that each story built toward. It was just one passing point that made me wonder. And wonder. And continue wondering. But that just may be how I read. I’m curious all you LesFic readers out there, does this matter to you? Do you need all the details answered before turning that last page? Have you found other LesFic stories that left a detail open for imagination and if so what story was it? Oh, and I love to hear how you let the little details go!

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14 thoughts on “All the little things

  1. Usually I like everything wrapped up unless there is going to be a sequel. That is so funny about the detail in Cowgirl Up. Maybe I did not notice because I thought good riddance – I don’t really care who killed the ahole! With Happilly Ever After….I wondered why the title did not fit the ending….That was one of those books that I went…WTF?

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    1. So I am admitting that this was written while I was away from home, and did I mention close to a birthday? So I’m adding age/senility as well. I have been corrected about Cowgirl Up and it was resolved. Doh!
      But I totally get what you are saying about Happily Ever After!

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  2. I LOVE details in a story. That’s what makes it so real for me. The more detailed, the more I can picture the characters, the more I love the story. An explanation for some of those enriches the story- I love getting more backstory with a single sentence. Good details give us that. Now, whether everything is wrapped up is a different piece- sometimes a piece left open let’s you finish it in the way you want- which is kind of fun. Sometimes, though, I get annoyed if the piece feels like a noticeable subplot, then I feel like the author left me hanging, unless there is a sequel.

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    1. Ann I get that too! I love details (as is probably overstated above! LOL!) and I try not to let it take away from the overall story unless it is kind of important. Don’t know if I’ve run across one of those yet though….but definitely my brain keeps thinking about it and putting my own imaginative spin on things! Thanks for reading!!

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  3. I’ve never read ‘Courtship’ but now you have my interest piqued. I’m going to have to get that one. As others have said, I don’t mind being left hanging on a small detail. With a subplot, I don’t want to be left hanging though unless there’s a sequel. Our books do tend to run in sequels and, with the authors I follow, most things seem to get resolved a book or two later…but new threads are left dangling. It’s all part of the fun and what gets us hooked.

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    1. With Courtship it is a small detail and doesn’t really play into the overall plot or subplot as needing to have an answer in regards to how the action is oriented. And now I’m totally wondering if I missed it as I missed the detail in another story. But definitely worth the read!! And I LOVE sequels!

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  4. In Ali Spooner’s “Cowgirl Up” (which I LOVED, by the way; I keep going back and re-reading it; something about the wonderful, close relationships between the characters that I find so comforting and it makes me feel good), that detail is actually resolved. It turned out that the guy that got killed was shot by a jealous husband who found out that the dead guy (a bully named Billy Ray, if memory serves) had been having an affair with his wife, and he tracked him down, shot him in a rage, and eventually turned himself in, so Coal was cleared of any lingering suspicion.
    I read somewhere recently that Ali Spooner is planning a sequel to this novel, and I am looking forward to it very much.

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    1. Laura! Thank you so much for reading and calling me on this! Did I mention somewhere a birthday? I’m claiming age and senility! But yes, it was actually disclosed what happened and I stand corrected. I just remembered thinking that someone else was acting really suspicious and kept thinking he had to of done it.

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  5. Sorry, but plot-lines left hanging and rushed abrupt endings annoy me. Too many other good well rounded books/authors out there that if it consistently happens I stop reading authors who do this.

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    1. I agree Sue H that once in awhile it is alright to use that technique but if it is consistent I will get too frustrated. And there are a ton of great stories that are well rounded out there! Just wish I had more time to read!! LOL! Thanks for reading.

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  6. Yeah, I notice “missing” information or forgotten details from books (“Courtship” for example) … but, I usually forgive or forget them, depending on their importance to the story/characters (until I re-read them), when it’s a story/author I enjoy. Unfortunately, I can’t remember specific books/titles that had me saying “what about …?” (and wouldn’t have remembered “Courtship” if you didn’t mention it). Yet, I KNOW there are several that had me ‘annoyed’ about it.

    Details are important to me too, consistency as well! BUT, like with all things I love, I forgive/forget those “missing or forgotten” details until next time ….

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    1. I totally agree Barbara G! I would have a hard time justifying not reading an author again for a missing detail. Just love my LesFic too much!! Thanks for reading (and sorry for reminding you about Courtship- it was sooooo good though right?).

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