How much action do you like in your reads?
I think there is a delicate balance between a good action scene in a book, and one that is too long. If I find myself skimming forward, it is too long. Fights scenes might be good visually, but reading them is another story altogether. Don’t bog us down with too many arms flailing and punches thrown. I don’t need a scene that reads like a choreographed screenplay. Instead, I want to read who is doing what and generally which way the fight is going, but I’d like for the action/fight scene to be over in several minutes.
I’m a big fan of action in books and movies. Car chases. Boat chases. Plane chases. Characters being chased by monsters. Shootouts. Sword fights. I need the action to be well-written, though. I want to know how the chase ends. To read when the main characters make it to safety. Or defeat the bead guys. I need the action to carry the plot forward, and not just be there for no particular reason. Action can enhance a lot of other genres, fantasy, sci fi, thrillers. I like when books have a good mixture of action, story-telling, and romance.