After a long day of looking over the stories of others, I once again find myself frustrated. This time, not because of their plot holes or horrid grammar, but because I realized that people are writing about things they have no idea about, but not bothering to educate themselves.
Today, one of the stories I looked at featured a plane crash which made no sense. Another featured kids in the year 3,000 still writing with pencils (and to think that kindergarteners are using IPads in class). Another had teenagers in the 90s using smartphones. One from last year had a girl moving into a fully furnished dorm room, completed with a flat screen TV and mini fridge.
But of course, how could anyone forget the many, many college stories written by highschoolers about girls moving into their rooms and not knowing that their roommate was actually a hot guy/bully from the past, or thinking that college students have the same setup as high school classes. I even reviewed a story once where college students moved from class to class with a school bell like in high school! Imagine that.
I just don’t understand why people don’t take time to research these things. Not doing research could completely ruin a book. I had to completely trash my first novel, Runaways, after actually doing research. Maybe people just don’t understand that although a story can be fiction, it still has to be accurate?