Posted by Janelle at Sep 26, 2011 6:00 am
Todayâ€™s blog is pretty simple and straight-forward. As a writer, Iâ€™m curious to know what is your pet peeve as a reader when it comes to reading a book? What makes you grind your teeth or want to throw a book against the wall in frustration? :wallbanger: What are huge turn-offs for you, to the point that you canâ€™t finish a book? I donâ€™t want to name authors or books, just general comments about what your reading pet peeves are.
Of course, when Iâ€™m reading a book, I have pet peeves of my own and Iâ€™ll share them here.
1) I hate when the conflict between the hero and heroine is based on nothing more than a misunderstanding that can be cleared up with a single conversation â€“ yet the conflict is somehow dragged out for 200-400 pages! :angryred:
2) Too much introspection and narration. If an author goes for pages and pages of introspection and narration (Or chapters! OY!), I get bored and usually will put the book down . . . and not pick it up again. :zzzzz: I like action and dialogue between characters with introspection sprinkled in and around those two elements.
3) A hero/heroine who smokes cigarettes. Itâ€™s just not sexy to me. :yuk:
4) A cowering heroine, or a hero who is verbally or physically abusive, and that includes any form of rape. Thatâ€™s a big deal-breaker for me.
Those are the biggest issues that stand out for me as a reader. I know thereâ€™s more, and Iâ€™m sure as everyone posts today Iâ€™ll be agreeing with some of your comments.
So, letâ€™s talk! What are your pet peeves as a reader?