What do you prefer to read-
B] A good story with good ch, the narration is a bit meh and the grammar needs work.
C] I'll just watch another episode of Rick & Morty... peace out.
*Just asking for a survey... thank you.
I can easily ignore quite a few errors in spelling and grammar and have some tolerance for how something is narrated, but I stumble at plot holes, bland stories and general stupidity. There is at least one review I've written to say "great grammar, good style, well written and I'm going to give it a pass because I just don't like the story." Just like I've written several reviews to tell people something is a great read, as long as you can ignore some grammar and idiom issues
It's something everyone has to decide for themselves
Given the choice between A and B, B is the only legitimate choice for me.
I have a hard time saying that though, because "grammar that needs work" is subjective. Grammar, tense, punctuation - these things can pull me out of a story. It's one thing when it's a forum post or a text from a friend, or even a work email. When it's a story I'm trying to immerse myself in, however, they jump off the page/screen at me and constantly remind me that I could be doing something else with my time (like writing my own stories).
All it takes is that little moment for my brain to flip into "oh yeah, I'm not this character in this book in this scene, I'm sitting here in my chair/bed reading. What time is it? Oh, dinnertime, better go cook something and be an adult again", *sets book down*
To be fair, I'm mostly talking about published works here. That said, even on my computer monitor, when too many errors jump off the web page at me, that distraction hits, and now I'm checking my email, seeing if anybody is online and wants to play a game, or looking at the clock - all things that tend not to happen when I'm deeply immersed in a really good tale.
I'm not sure of a good way to measure how many mistakes are acceptable for me though, in that regard. One here and there won't deter me from reading, but a few in every paragraph? What time is it? Oh, dinner time.
Just my two cents!
I'm 1000% done with all these fantasy stories that pretend to be super original and a bit cool & edgy but have the writing style of a Wikipedia article. I want fantasy stories where foxes can talk and elves live in forest villages singing songs about ancient people and it's OK sometimes to just hang out in the woods and have lunch while you're traveling.
Those novels are, overall, excellent productions. They have all the standard things down perfectly with grammar, vocabulary, spelling, descriptive at the right moment etc etc. The story has all the right twists and turns to, in theory, make a good novel. And they are. If you read only a few.
So give me something with an interesting story any time. I'll survive some bad grammar, but I won't sit down to read exactly the same story (with some minor variations) time and again.
I can enjoy a generic cheesy story if the prose and presentation are entertaining.
I will drop a good story before the first chapter is done if I have to work through illegible grammar and walls of text that are so big that they fill my entire monitor.