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What writing devices or tricks irritate you most when reading a book?Oh goodness I have so many pet peeves. Once I started making the list it kept just getting longer and longer. I feel like the more you read the more aware you become of what you like and don't like. So here is my rather long answer to the question....
- Weak female heroines. Neither a device nor a trick, but my ultimate pet peeve. These characters are usually recognizable because their idiocy as well as their tendency to focus on romance when the world is exploding around them.
- Overused words, especially strange words. For example, Switched by Amanda Hocking used the word "foxy" until I started wanting to stab my eyes out. Unacceptable and obnoxious. (I know that sometimes repetition can be cleve and cute, but unless there are special circumstances and explanation normally it's not).
- Trying to infuse meaning into everything. Sometimes things are deep and meaningful but sometimes a rock is just a rock.
- Heroines who never call the cops. I don't know if this counts as a device but I just want to throw it out there anyways. In mystery books characters ALWAYS find a way to break into the killers house or sneak through a crime scene, and it is ALWAYS a terrible terrible idea. If there is a crime why not just call the cops?
- Switching narrators just for convenience. I feel like sometimes authors like to hop around in different characters heads a little too much. I've noticed a few books that way till the book is nearly over and then hop into a random character's head for the first time just to reveal a clue. Authors need to be very intentional about the narrator and not just hop around to make storytelling easier.
- While we're on the topic, alternating narrators for 2 romantic leads. I've only liked one book that used this technique. Mostly it makes me feel stabby.
- Female characters that are basically pretty props. Ugh, develop or eliminate these characters. Women are not just walking boobs.