Patricia asks a particularly insightful question:
Ever read a book you thought you could have written better yourself?
Oh, many a time! Well, ok, that’s enough, inner snob; sit thee down. I guess I don’t often read books that are written so terribly that I am tempted to do a rewrite. However, I feel like my two biggest examples of books I could barely get through without taking up my red pen have become incredibly popular. Twilight and The da Vinci Code are the two I’m thinking of. No, I had no religious issues with either one; I simply thought the writing was attrocious.
There, now that I have gotten that off my chest, I should say that I usually have no need to rewrite, unless there are glaring issues (ex: “I could care less”…AAAAAH!) that even a mediocre editor should have caught. For the most part, I just accept that each writer has his or own style and I’m simply along for the ride.