Today’s Topic: Book Pet Peeves
Things that bother me in a book? No problemo! Here are five of my largest pet peeves.
1. Insta-love. I realize this is probably on everyone’s list but it just annoys me so much when I’m reading a book and all of a sudden, in like an hour, a character has fallen deeply in love with someone. One, this is entirely unrealistic. And two, it trivializes love and what it means to love someone. Personally, I really don’t like throwing around the word love to people. If I don’t love you, I won’t tell you I do.
2. Drawn-out love triangles (or squares or pentagons or whatever!). Quite honestly, I don’t mind love triangles if they’re done right. But I hate it when a love triangle is drawn out simply to add tension to the book when clearly we know who the character is going to choose. It’s just terrible to keep reading a book when you know the other character doesn’t stand a chance.
3. Being unable to picture a scene because it doesn’t make sense. I really like being able to picture scenes in books so it’s like a movie in my mind. So it really irks me when authors write confusing passages or don’t do any world-building so I can’t imagine the space where the characters are. I’m a very visual person so I like to have everything set up before the characters are dropped in.
4. Cookie-cutter worlds/storylines. Maybe it’s just because I’ve read a ton of books but honestly it gets really annoying and boring real fast when every book has the same setting, the same world, or the same plot with different character names. This especially bothers me in fantasy worlds because the author had the opportunity to make it their own and instead, they just went with something someone else already created. And I’m fine with authors using pre-created worlds. It’s just when they refuse to chance anything. At least add a little something! Anything!
5. Contractions. This is such a big thing for me. Actually, I’m reading a book right now where contractions aren’t properly used. People in the modern age don’t say things like:
“I will not go with you.”
“I do not understand you.”
No no. Maybe in fantasy or historical worlds but not realistic fiction people (with the exception of the character’s personality). It makes everything sound so stiff and formal and just prevents me from diving into the story.
What are some of your book pet peeves?