Thursday, October 25, 2012

Follow Friday - What irks me


Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.
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....
  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Trying to infuse meaning into everything.  Sometimes things are deep and meaningful but sometimes a rock is just a rock.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6.  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.
  7.  Female characters that are basically pretty props. Ugh, develop or eliminate these characters.  Women are not just walking boobs.

37 comments:

Sarah said...

Wow now that you mention it, all those things irk me too! I didn't realize how much stuff does bother me in books until someone else says it :) *old follower*
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Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. I hate overusing words too. I just finished rereading Harry Potter and realized that she uses "beamed" over and over in all her books.
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Julie said...

Oh, I agree with your points. I don't care for cliffhangers, but mostly I hate anything that happens due to coincidence. I like logical steps to a conclusion.

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Moonlit Librarian said...

Old follower here. I really appreciate your first and last peeves.

Pixie Lynn Whitfield said...

Mostly I hate insta-love and triangles/squares/octagons..whatever..in most cases. Haha. But that is a great list. It made me think some more. I also don't like overused words, and the thing with the females. What also bothers me now that I think about it is the "mean girl" device. I've read a lot of books that seem to always have this mean girl, and she's always the really popular, pretty chick with nothing to add to the story other than she hates the MC. *shrugs* It's aggravating. LOL.

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Kazhy said...

Wow, you mentioned everything I forgot to include in my answer! But I hate word-repeating most.

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Nina said...

I love your list, it's so good. :)

Heroines who never call the cops! lol. Those are irritating. Why would you ever go in your house when you know someone is in there, waiting to murder you. Run away and call the cops. OMG!

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The Disordered Librarian said...

LOL I looooooooooove the last one. So true!

Jessica@a GREAT read said...

Nice points! I can agree with all those as well! Haven't seen too many of all of them but definitely agree with them being annoying!

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Jennifer said...

Definitely agree about the weak female characters! Old follower.

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Aditi Gupta said...

Haha "walking boobs"
Well said.
Also, in horror books, why do characters investigate themselves? Where do they leave their common sense?
Heartily agree with weak heroines (Thinks Bella Swan)
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Alyssa Shehorn said...

I hate weak heroines! One of the most annoying things about a book is when a main character is out shined by one of the supporting characters.

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Kristerrn! said...

You've just named most of my hates as well.
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Corina Lombardi said...

Haha! I love it! Your list is great!

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Evolet Yvaine said...

LOL. Love the list! Thanks for stopping by my place!

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Lisa (Lost in Literature) said...

Wow, quite a few here that I hadn't thought of, but totally agree with you about! Great answer! :)

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Sharrice Hewlett said...

I sooo agree. Oh my god I hate when there are weak characters. I am beginning to loathe the over use of a certain word. Like when I read any of Jennifer Armentrouts books there is always the word "damn" in some form or fashion. Don't get me wrong I love her books and all but do ALL the characters need to use "Damn"? Thank you so so much for the amazing post and for the comment. 8)

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Caitlin YA Bookworm said...

LOVED your answers- I've discovered things that I now hate :P New GFC Follower- thanks for stopping by my FF!
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Megan Nicole said...

Thanks for stopping by!
It bugs me soo when they don't call the cops! I just never understand why they think they can deal with dangerous situations by themselves sometimes!

Carmen Jenner said...

Awesome answers! I can't stand pretty protagonists that don't contribute to the story either ;)
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Sabina said...

I'm not a fan of overused words either. I agree with the rest of your points too.


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Michelle Sedeño said...

LOL I agree with everything you said but most especially with numbers 1 and 4. Annoying, right?
Not just books, but they also exist in TV shows and movies. UGH.
Thanks for droppin by my FF!

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readbreatheread said...

As I made my way down your list, I found myself nodding the whole time. Wow, you definitely listed them all! :D Thanks for stopping by the blog! :)) Great answers for this week's question! =))

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beccabooklover said...

ooh great answers! I don't like weak women but lately the tough female protagonist is annoying me too! I love their feisty-ness but I don't think to be tough you have to be so masculine. That's why I love Celaena in Throne of Glass so much! Feisty assassin with a girly side :)

I just noticed I'm your 300th GFC follower! Thanks for following my blog!
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Night Sky Reviews said...

Great answers! I agree with all of them, especially the first one. I CAN'T STAND THAT.
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The Sexy Librarian said...

All excellent points! I especially hate overused words. If it's in there enough for me to think it's overused, it's too much! I'm going to follow you on Twitter now!

Hannah Milton said...

"Women are not just walking boobs"-- that's hilarious!

And repeating random words *shudder*. Even though I'm sadly guilty of it myself.

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Micheline D said...

Oh nice list! Overusing words is a good one. I especially liked your weak female heroine point & your underdeveloped female characters...I wish I thought to put them on my own lol :) Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my FFF New follower via GFC!

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Kaina said...

Weak female heroines is like my ULTIMATE pet peeve. One of the requirements for giving a book 5 stars is a sting female lead. Great answer and thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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Readergirl said...

I love your 2 and 3. I agree on overused words...I've seen this so many times.

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Deneé said...

I love every single last one of your picks, lol! "sometimes a rock is just a rock" haha! This is a great question to infuse some more thought as I prepare my NaNoWriMo book :) I hope I don't pull any of these tricks, but with what I have so far I don't think that's likely ;) Old follower here! Have a great day!
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Erika Anderson said...

Those things really bother me too!
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Stephanie Verhaegen said...

I should've add weak female heroines too. It's been one of the things that bugs me to no end in a lot of books.
I know what you mean about the word foxy in Switched. It bugged me too!
And about the cop thing! So true. They never call the cops, which is what every normal person would do.
I also agree with everyhing else. Good list!

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Crystal Licata said...

Hi! I agree with weak females. It gets boring and you just want to smack her and get her to stop whining and do something. LOL. Thanks for sharing.

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Kim L said...

Yes! Oh god the horror of weak heroines. Maybe they were 'in' last century but they are officially trumping this awesome feminism movement. Just saying. If I had a penny every time a guy swooped in to defend a girl, I'd probably be rich and same goes for every time an unpopular, commonly bully-targeted naive girl falls for the popular hot jock. I like to believe we've evolved beyond this.

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Nickie said...

Haha, love this list! I totally agree on the head jumping -- I picked up a story over the weekend that started in first person, then ended up in a 3rd person that drifted from character to character... ahhh!

And the not calling the cops or doing anything even remotely logical -- yeah, that really bugs me, too. Sometimes the characters are too stupid to live (and in horror novels, mercifully, the stupid ones usually die off).