Making the scene count.
No matter how small the scene, it needs to propel the plot forward in some way. A scene for entertainment's sake becomes evident as the reader progresses through book and they're likely to get irritated as it will appear to be stuck in there. Though stories can be character driven, the plot should be followed. I recently read a story where the was a scene was entirely made up of how the weather and seasons had changed. This could have been weaved into the next scene with the characters noticing this as they carried forth the plot with their actions and dialogue. It felt to me like a major author intrusion and I felt irritated when I realized this. Admitedly, it could be because I'm an author and look at things a bit differnt than the occasional reader.
A kind aquaintance, after reading my book, gave me a trilogy written...well many, many years ago. She let me know that this was how people wrote if I wanted to learn how. I read. So much of the first book had nothing to do with really anything that I didn't continue. It was filled with a lot of frilly words and scenes that it seemed like the author was trying to show off their vocabulary and vast ability to weave purple prose. I thanked her and returned the books.
Do you notice these types of scenes? Or is it that I'm a writer and have been taught differenly that gets in the way?