Most authors learn how to write by reading other people's books, so, yeah, learning how to write is usually done while reading. One may not be talented in writing, but the basic rules of it are absorbed. For example, Stephanie Meyer wrote a shit show of a Saga that wasn't inventive in any way and ended up with the most creepy and unrequited plot-twist ever, but she knew how to build sentences, characters, and where to use punctuation marks.It makes me wonder what the experience of reading is like for her. I know she favors especially idiotic YA fiction (since that's the limit of character development and plot structure she can handle) but even those have editors. Doesn't she notice things like how punctuation works? Anyone who reads on a regular basis should pick up a bit of that just through osmosis, no?
But I guess her misfiring grey matter reaches its limit with just classifying plotlines as "drama" and knowing that commas are a thing that show up on the page from time to time.
Good job, AL. Maybe someday you'll figure out what a character arc is.
She also used to read a lot of books by Danielle Steele. Now... we can say anything about that woman's books, but she has built an empire out of silly stories and stereotyped characters, and in order to keep her way of life, she spends up to 22 hours a day writing at her typewriter. Amber could never.
Anytime Amber talks about books, she makes me wonder how she would react to actually good books, like Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, or Close Range by Annie Proulx.
But again, she has probably watched Brokeback Mountain and put that in the "Drama" section of her brain too, instead of trying to understand that under the drama between the main characters and their wives there is an entire world of social critique, and that the story wants to represent whose who had to hide their true selves for many years because they feared they would be killed for it
Having a movie night with her would be absolutely hilarious.