Whether or not we are writers, we are all readers. I happen to have a very low threshold for inaccuracy. Part of this was learned early on when I was assigned to a military unit where getting it wrong meant mean people could die. Getting an MS in International Relations and a law degree didn’t make me any less sanguine. My husband refuses to accompany me to a movie when it concerns a subject I know too much about. I have been known to mutter loudly, “Objection” during a court scene, point out problems with Army uniforms, or that a setting is supposed to be on a beach on the east coast, and the sun is in the wrong position.
I realize I may not be the rule, but when you read a book where there is an inaccuracy, no matter if it’s a contemporary that has a character going the wrong way down a street in New York City, a wrong statement of the law in any period, or a word or phrase that didn’t exist in Regency England, does it bother you?
How important is accuracy to you as a reader? How bad does it have to be before you decide to either put the book down or not read that author again?