When a TV show sucks, you change the channel, right? Technically, you're not really paying for that particular show directly (you pay for television as an overall service), so you feel no real commitment factor whatsoever.
But what do you do when you have paid directly for some sort of entertainment and are let down immediately?
If you forked over the cash to see a movie, do you walk out if it sucks?
If you paid to go to a sporting event and your team of choice is playing terribly, do you curse them and leave?
If you purchased a book at a store and start to read it only to discover how truly absurd it is, do you stop reading?
This last bit is a quandary I'm suffering through right now. I bought a book the other day simply because the review sounded so ridiculous that it might actually be kinda funny.
Yeah, it's not. I'm about 50 pages in (of 350, give or take) and it's painful. On the one hand, I feel I should continue because I paid for it and because it might be nice to have more than just positive reviews on FWDT. On the other hand, I just don't think I can abuse myself that badly.
It is truly a painful reading experience. One where I groan and roll my eyes with each forced attempt at humor. One where I can predict just what ridiculous situation will occur next and then pray I'm wrong, only to discover I'm right.
Do I suffer through for the sake of my book review site and my wallet? Or do I just drop it and run away screaming?