*sheepish grin* So….I was supposed to post this yesterday, but…I’m human. So I missed my post date.
But I have a great excuse! I OFFICIALLY FINISHED MY CONTENT EDIT FOR A TIME TO RISE. (Forgive the all caps. I’m kind of excited.) It’s now off to beta readers and then we’ll start the final polishing. *squeal!*
Ahem! Now….on to today’s post. 😛
Love Triangles. Insta-Love. Dumb Parents. Never-Ending Series. It’s time we call them for what they are….
Bookish Pet Peeves.
We all have them and I love knowing the pet peeves that drive readers crazy (so that I can avoid them!) So this post is for authors (to learn from their readers) and for readers (to vent their everlasting anger.) 😉 Here are my top 15 Bookish Pet Peeves that have bothered me at some point or that a reader has expressed bothers them. (Tweet this) Can you relate to any?
1. Love Triangle – Do I even need to TALK about this one? How realistic is it that the girl will meet two boys who are both perfect for her and madly in love with her? Really? REALLY?!
2. The slim/slender/small/dainty heroine. Okay, okay, I KNOW I made Parvin small and short. That was back before I knew how to kill all the cliches. And besides, that’s just how she IS. 😉 But can we have some chunky heroines, please? Or imperfect protagonists? Or just tall and awkwardly lumpy? 😛
3. When a character lies and says, “I don’t love you.” Because they think it’s best for their love interest and instead it RUINS EVERYTHING! And we all know it’s going to ruin everything, so then we have to wade through at least a full book (if it’s a series) of stupid-character realizing her mistake and trying to fix it. Moral of the story: Don’t lie. Not even for love. 😛
4. When characters kiss mid-battle. This happens in movies, too. SERIOUSLY?!?! Why do none of these kissing characters just get run through like REAL LIFE? They’re in a battle, for goodness’ sake!
5. Dead parents. Dumb parents. Psycho parents. Um…this might come as a shock to some people but…THERE ARE GOOD PARENTS OUT THERE. And CAN be BOTH parents, you know. Divergent is a good example (though…they don’t stay alive for more than one book. *sigh*). Also, there can be trouble issues with the character’s parents that can revolve around, you know, more relatable and real life issues.
6. Cliffhangers. *cringe* I’m SO guilty of this and, they’re not BAD, but they need to be done right. You can’t do a cliffhanger mid scene. Mid sentence. There needs to be some conclusion! Mary Weber’s Storm Siren, in my opinion, is an example of a fantastically done-right cliffhanger.
7. The never-ending series. *cough* George R. R. Martin *cough* There are some series that are perfectly able to be completed earlier.
8. The “I just don’t understand why ALL the boys EVERYWHERE think I’m so beautiful.” issue. Ugh. Kill me now. There are so many female protagonists that just happen to be drop-dead gorgeous and every boy she meets swoons over her. Please see pet peeve #2…
9. The “I’m a female, but I can live in the forest and shoot stuff and beat up your dad” protagonists. Puh-LEEZE. Just because Katniss pulled it off doesn’t mean everyone can. Personally, I like girls who can be tough and feminine at the same time.
10. Insta-love. Synonym: barf. I get that sometimes it can happen. Sometimes. But insta-love isn’t just “love at first sight.” It’s love-kiss-sex-marriage at first sight. Um….no. The YA genre needs to ditch this NOW.
11. The feisty red-head. I think (I could be wrong on this, but I think) that there are people with red hair who are, like, calm.
12. Similar names. Harry, Hagrid, Hedwig, Hermione….I can’t tell you how much grief this gave me when I was the 11-year-old picking up Harry Potter for the first time! There are 26 letters in the alphabet, people! That’s a lot of variety. And if that’s not enough for you…then you have too many characters. 😉
13. Magical miracle solution to the plot. Ahh, everyone’s dying! Oh…wow…that tornado just happened to sweep in and kill only the bad guys. (Yes, I totally did this with the first novel I ever wrote.)
14. Mr. Darcy. There’s only one guy who can pull off the brooding, somewhat rude but incredibly honorable character. Let’s not copy and paste him into every novel now. Please and thank you.
15. Girl-dresses-as-boy-to-escape-such-and-such. Hey, don’t get me wrong. I ate up these plotlines like any sane YA reader would. But…it’s been overdone, especially when the girl stays as a boy, for. so. long. and somehow all the men around her are magically in love with her the moment her gender is revealed. Really? Wouldn’t they be a bit ore…weirded out?
So…what pet peeves did I miss? What is your tear-your-hair-out pet peeve? (Tweet this)