Sometimes a beautifully-captured scene or emotion really grabs me in a novel, but I have a terrible confession to make: as often as not I skip the descriptive passages to get on with the story. I really squirm when writing gets too intense as well--except on the rare occasions when it does speak to me. For example, I'm just reading 'The Historian' by Elizabeth Kostova, and although sometimes the description adds something, often it just serves to pad the book (which is long enough anyway). Am I just a really dull and unemotional person--and writer--or does anyone else here feel that an awful lot of exposition and description is a boring, unnecessary self-indulgence on the part of the writer which can be skimmed through, or even jumped over? Do I run the risk of not pleasing the crowd if I don't feed them plenty of...well, flowery words basically?