Is it necessary, as a reader, to like the writing of a book? There are all different styles, each writer has their own, and it's a rather important aspect to a novel.
I find there are three major types of writing when I'm reading a book:
There are unique, surprising styles. Books written in the second POV come to mind, ones that break the fourth wall, or ones that have a distinctive voice to them, both outside of and including the dialogue. This can be hit-or-miss: one person might adore books with a sharp, snarky tone and another person might view them with much dislike.
Then there's writing that doesn't have much that sticks out about it. Description, dialogue, characters, they're all there, but the writing itself is unobtrusive. That can be a negative or a positive, depending on the story itself; whether or not the plot and characters are enough to keep the attention, or whether the writing is just bland.
And then there's some writing that is . . . er, "unedited". In need of spell-check, an editor, perhaps a good overhaul. We've all seen it somewhere, I suspect. This can be more easily overlooked if there's something interesting about the story, but coming across errors repeatedly can jar the reading experience.
These are, of course, generalizations. Every person's style is different, and each has their own pluses and minuses.
What do you think? What kind of writing do you like--ones that focus on the story itself, or ones that use clever tricks that draw attention to themselves? Are there any books whose writing style you love?
-----The Golden Eagle