Ugh, I That Drives Me Crazy: Book Pet Peeves – BookBlogWriMo Day 28

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Can you believe November (and BookBlogWriMo) is almost over?!  Well, in case the title of this post wasn’t clear, today I’m going to complain about the things that drive me crazy when it comes to books.  Character types, plot lines, stuff like that.  Ready?

  • Terrible, awful, no good, very bad writing – A no-brainer, right?  Although with a good enough story, I may be willing to push through less-than-stellar writing (Twilight, anyone?)
  • Unrealistic and/or awkward dialogue – One of the books I’m reading at the moment has so much potential!  But the dialogue is just awful.  And I can’t get past it to enjoy the story.  But since I rarely DNF (plus this is an advance copy, which I always finish anyway), I’ll be sticking with it until the end.  But I won’t enjoy it.  At all.
  • The teenage mini posse – In recent years this has been most prominent in the Harry Potter books.  And it works very well for that story line.  It’s believable and serves a purpose.  But I’m noticing more and more that the teenage mini posse is everywhere.  And I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember very many mini posses made up of two guys and a girl when I was in high school.  Or in the groups of teenagers I know through my volunteer work.  Feel free to correct me.
  • Unbelievable love stories – Now, I’m not just going to pick on insta-love here.  Because sometimes insta-love works and is appropriate and believable.  I’m talking about where a random boy and girl are suddenly and inexplicably obsessed with one another and head over heels love you forever in love within 10 seconds of meeting.  Come on, people.  There are loopholes to this, however.  J.R. Ward is genius when it comes to this, as her vampires have animalistic characteristics that explain such things in an entirely acceptable way (kinda like Twilight imprinting but less creepy).
  • Pointless sequels, series, and trilogies – I’d say about half the time a sequel or series is appropriate and not a waste of  trees.  But the other half of the time I wish the author had just left fabulous alone.  Your book was awesome, there doesn’t need to be another one, and that’s OK.  I still love you.  Now go write another story.  I know I sound mean, I just hate it when I’m tempted to give up on an author because of poorly done sequels.  although sometimes less than awesome sequels are necessary to drive plots.  And that’s fine by me.
  • Love triangles – Now this one has a qualification.  I really dislike love triangles where one member of the triangle has no change in hell of landing the girl (or guy).  If he has a chance (like in the Unearthly novels), it’s fine by me.  But the Twilight triangle was annoying because Jacob didn’t have a remote chance.  I’m totally Team Jacob, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was always going to lose.

I think that’s enough for now.  I feel a rant coming on, and I think it’s best I leave that for another day.

What drives you crazy when it comes to books?  Insta-love?  Love triangles?  Awful writing?  Spill, already!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Julie

    It is OK to dnf an arc. Don’t force yourself to keep reading when you won’t enjoy the book at all. I so agree with your list. I love pet peeve posts like this. So fun to read. One that really resonates with me is the pointless series item. I hate when books are drawn out so much and the story could have obviously been better told in fewer books. Just seems like a ploy for more sales.

    1. Leila

      I guess I have this thing about my NetGalley ratio. Maybe someday I’ll get to the point where I’ll DNF an ARC. As of now I’m still grateful for each one, so I don’t want to DNF them. Hopefully soon I’ll be jaded like you 🙂

  2. Melika

    I have always had problem beleiving the “love within 10 seconds of meeting” stories too. I am glad you mentioned it. Life is much more cimplicated than this.

    1. Leila

      Oh, totally. And it’s so much worse in books written for teens.

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