Well, it’s not anything new, but let me get my shovel and join in on the fun.
First, let’s dissect the crap: (Dissect crap! Whahaha! I immediately get an image of a guy in a lap coat dividing up shit.)
1. Crappy Writing.
2. Crappy Stories.
Crappy Writing: I think, I’m a little more lenient than my counterparts. I can overlook a few fumbles with diction, syntax, sentence structure, typos, etc. I can overlook them if the story transports me. For instance, I can and do follow several struggling writers who possess some natural talents.
When I call bad writing crap, I’m usually talking about the foundation of the story: poor MRU development, flat characters and a sense of contrived hooey.
Crappy Stories: I’m completely unforgiving here. I don’t care if an English professor wrote it. I don’t care if the writer sold a million copies. I don’t care if the words sing with alliteration. I don’t care if it practically drips with character. I hate crappy, boring, pretentious, pointless stories. Worst of all is a story with an inconceivable or inconclusive ending. You know the kind, the ones that make you say, “That’s it?”
So, there’s crap and then there’s crap-a-de-crap with an education.