and that title phrase does not really apply in this usage. (“If you say that the worm turns, you mean that someone who usually obeys another person or accepts their bad behaviour unexpectedly starts resisting that person or expresses their anger.“) Unless, in the slimmest of interpretations, I can say that I, the (book)worm, turned when I finally decided that not finishing a book I didn’t like was okay. I used to force myself to finish reading books I didn’t like and somewhere along the line I realized what a waste of time that was.
I’ve always preferred terse, short, to the point, and hated all that yadda yadda physical description of landscapes and whatall else writers fill pages and pages with. Most of the time I could skip over all that (yeah, yeah, yeah – the sky is blue – move on with the damn story.) Then I just stopped bothering with the skipping over and I learned to close the book.
That’s probably why I, from an early age, preferred reading plays and poetry. Let’s just get down to the real nitty gritty
Just tell me the story.
Let it about people I can like, at least the major characters.
And for god’s sake let there be a happy ending.
I don’t remember if I always craved happy endings, but I do now. Movies most definitely have to have happy endings. There must be a positive resolution. If I shed a tear or two on my way to the happy ending that’s okay, whether happy or sad tears.
I have read a book or two recently that didn’t have ‘happy’ endings but they were so very engaging, albeit a bit on the the dark side, and well-written that I had to finish, had to know the whole story, even if it turned out the whole story wasn’t there to be had.
Maybe you just get old enough, and have lived enough life and read enough books that there isn’t anything new under the sun anymore. Where every plot and twist is all “been there, done that”.
Or maybe you get old enough that you simply don’t want to waste time on anything that isn’t going to bring you pleasure, or illumination.
But mostly for me, these days, whether it’s a movie, a tv show or a book, it has to grab my attention and make me care. Make me feel something besides bored or annoyed.
And please, if it’s a book, make sure there was a real copy editor hard at work before they printed the damn thing!