I don’t like Janet Evanovich.
Let me rephrase that: I don’t like Janet Evanovich’s writing.
Some you might be thinking “Me neither”, “Who cares?” or even “Who’s Janet Evanovich?
Janet is an author and her most popular series is the Stephanie Plum novels. The novels are about the misadventures of a bumbling female bounty hunter. Last time I checked, there were twenty-two books in the series. I used to love the series and read it religiously. Somewhere around book eight, I started getting bored. Somewhere around book fourteen, I refused to read anymore. I felt like the Janet was getting lazy. The plots were formulaic, the characters too shallow, and I was slightly offended by the constant stereotypes of the one minority character.
I know I’m not alone. I’ve read bad reviews of her books and I have talked to others who share my sentiments about the cookie cutter techniques of the Stephanie Plum novels. But you know what….Janet doesn’t care.
For every person like me, there are 100 other people who love her work. She keeps churning out books and people keep buying them. The most recent book, Tricky Twenty-two, has 4.5 stars on Amazon. At the end of the day, the critics and haters don’t matter. It’s the fans who love her and buy her books that matter.
You’ve got haters in your life too. People who say you’re too old to go back to school. It’s too risky to start your own business. They’ll tell you that you shouldn’t dress a certain way or wear certain colors. They’ll balk at the thought of you taking an adventure such as skydiving, zip lining, or mountain climbing. “You’re not a kid anymore.” “Act your age.” “What will people think?”
Derek Jeter once said “You can’t be sensitive, because you’re going to get criticized. I don’t care who you are, you’re going to get criticized.” Haters are everywhere. The best artists, musicians, athletes, authors and politicians all have critics, but that doesn’t stop them from doing what they feel they need to do. And it shouldn’t stop you.
Don’t let other peoples’ opinions stop you from taking on whatever challenges, dreams, or goals that are calling you.
Side note: For the record, even though I’m not a huge fan of some of Evanovich’s work, I still respect her perseverance and rise as an author.
“Somewhere along the line, I realized that I liked telling stories, and I decided that I would try writing. Ten years later, I finally got a book published. It was hard. I had no skills. I knew nothing about the business of getting published. So I had to keep working at it.” -Janet Evanovich