What is your worst experience with a critique group? I love mine, but some of the members I am sure don't actually read the submission. I think every person has that one critter who they just nod and pretend to take notes from, all the while thinking they are clueless. Example: We use to have a girl in our group who said my MC was in "no real danger"...and she said that about a chapter in which said MC was tied to a chair and about to be sacrificed by a cult. Huh? If the danger didn't "seem" real, say so. If the danger seems "contrived, unbelievable" etc, say so. But just saying "the character isn't in danger" when clearly he is makes me want to leave the coffee house we are sitting in and run to the nearest bar for a stiff drink. And then there are the people who read and fill in the blanks with things that aren't even in the story. I had one guy read my story in which a kid mentioned he had a karate class and he said "I can't believe this kid is a black belt martial arts expert. It makes him unbelievable." Huh? Since when does "having a kiddy karate class"= "he's a Shaolin warrior who catches bullets with his teeth?" When I mentioned that my story never mentioned this, he got mad and said "why ask for advice if you're not gonna take it?" Relevant advice is the word. And, I might add, my least favorite critters are also pretty bad writers. I think the two go hand in hand...although I would never say to anyone's face they are a bad writer, except of course for E.L. James. Anyone else have critique group horror stories?