Recently, I've been watching the new fall tv shows that have made their debut. I'd like to say that I give them a fair chance before either accepting or rejecting them, but I don't. If they don't catch my interest by the end of the first show--they're doomed. I don't give them as long as the network who hopes they will build an audience. In the words of the Donald, You're fired!
I have found many correlations between these rejected shows and books that I haven't enjoyed. Most of the time they both have a plot that is either boring, too slow paced or unbelievable. Sometimes marginal shows/books are rescued by the charm of their characters but that is a heavy burden to place on even the most gifted actor/actress or hero/heroine.
Engaging writing, whether it be in a book or prime time viewing, is wonderful. Why else would we watch a show about teenage dweebs in a glee club? Well, if you have great stories, funny lines and likable talented individuals, you're bound to find an audience. So count me in for Glee.
The same applies to books. Give your readers a solid story, engaging characters and stories that show more than tell, and you'll have a hit. As I continue to work to become published I look everywhere for examples of writing that works.
What makes you reject or accept books or shows for reading/viewing? Do you agree with my reasons or do you have other things that matter more to you?