Noun.Believability: the quality of being believable or trustworthy
Source: The Free Dictionary
Believable: capable of being believed, especially as within the range of known possibility or probability
Source: Merriam Webster
When I open the covers of a book, I like:
Believable situations and/or plot lines. The only quarter I’m prepared to give is if I’ve ventured into the Fantasy or Science Fiction genres and even then, you gotta make me buy into the world and conundrum you’ve created.
Believable character traits. Nobody I know is even-tempered or
Realistic solutions to knotty problems. Winning the lottery is possible, but easier and less absorbing than watching a character have to pawn a prized possession and struggle to get it back. If he does win the lottery, show me some complications that come from that piece of good fortune, as life never returns to normal after a lottery win.
Being able to sympathise with a character because I understand their situation. Rather than telling me what problems he/she is having, show me their mettle through their emotional state and the unique way in which they handle their challenges.
Simple stuff, and all I ask when I decide to read a book. Woo me. Make me believe in your protagonist and the supporting cast of characters.
I’m off to mingle, but check back later, I’ll be announcing the winner of the book from the last Take Five With… interview.
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Jamaican food of the day: Bulla - a dense cake (for want of a better term) made of flour, baking soda, sugar and/or molasses, ginger and nutmeg. It’s low on the totem pole of baked goods as it’s not really considered cake or pastry. It’s cheap and popular and can be eaten with butter, cheese or avocado (yummy!). Bulla is Latin for bubble; and is also a fluid-filled blister (eeew!)
Bammy - A flatbread made from cassava from the time of the original inhabitants Arawaks or (Tainos, the politically correct term). When dipped in milk and fried until golden brown, these make a smashing
combination with Ackee & Saltfish or fried fish.