Have you ever been in a bookstore with 10 other writers?
I don't recommend it.
It's actually kind of fascinating to watch people pluck books off shelves and say, "Ugh, I hated this book." Um, really? That's one of my favorites. Or, "Omigod, that book was AMAZING." Seriously? I couldn't stand it. "Don't you just LOVE this book cover?" Uh, no, I think it's fugly.
I guess it's true that there's really no accounting for taste. But man is it frustrating. Because the thing is, books are personal. When I love a book, I want other people to love it too. I can't even imagine what it's going to be like when LIAR SOCIETY hits the shelves. Mentally, I know that not everyone is going to love our book, but intellectually acknowledging that fact and having people rip it apart on GoodReads are two very different things.
So, have you read a book that your friends hated? Or have you hated a book that your friends loved? How do you deal with the insane levels of subjectivity in publishing? Personally, I'm considering the fetal position. Or I would be considering the fetal position if I could still bend that way.