This is kind of funny. I've posted several critiques in the review section. I've read many others there. I haven't posted any of my work for review yet. But lately when I'm reading modern published novels, I find myself being overly critical. I'm thinking "they would never get away with this if they had posted this in the writingforums review section." One book I finished last week was a classic in it's genre and published about 20 years ago. It had long paragraphs of description, a weak main character, and the story didn't really start until half way through the book. The first hundred pages could have been pared down to about 25. All in all, it was a strong, well written story. But what about grabbing the reader from page one? What about writing 100 word paragraphs to support one line of dialogue? Another book I read lately was pretty good and fast paced (NYT best seller list), but the writer was using some gimmicks to create false suspense that I think he would have been called out on if he had posted his work on this forum. Then I was watching a movie last night and picking it to pieces. I have NEVER noticed "plot holes" in movies before. I usually just go along with the premise and don't ask questions. But instead I was finding leaps of logic, wooden characters, timing issues, clichés galore, unrealistic plot twists, lame dialogue, and just plain factual nonsense. The inconsistencies were terrible. One place was described early in the movie and when it was shown later, it wasn't anything like the earlier description. So I still enjoy a good book or movie, but my standards have obviously changed. Has anyone else experienced this?