This week's blog hop from The Broke & The Bookish is: Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves (all those things that annoy you in a story, with book covers, bookstores, etc.
This was a fun one, and I'm quite surprised at how I started out thinking I had no pet peeves, and then quickly worked myself into a rant!
I present to you the edited version, in no particular order:
* Stereotyped stock characters as protagonists or antagonitsts. Yes, there's nothing new under the sun, it's true; but at least give it a shot, wouldja?
* Yet another vampire book or dystopia riding on the coat tails of Twilight and The Hunger Games.
* Bookstores with snooty salespeople who make you feel that you're interrupting their precious reading time when they have to help you or who sneer if you get a name or title slightly off.
* Seemingly obligatory and unmotivated yet graphically described sex scenes in YA books, esp. the current trend to throw in a masturbation scene at some random moment. What's with that?
* Books written to capitalize on/make money from TV shows, like the recent Glee series.
* Books that can't stand alone because they're in the middle of a series. To my taste, every book ought to have its own merits and - if it's plotted - some sort of closure.
* Writers who are out solely to make a buck rather than to serve the world by helping us enjoy and/or understand ourselves & that world at the same time. I have little patience for anyone in any profession who's only in it for the cash. (Not that cash is a bad thing. However, I do believe that just about any job can offer the opportunity to do good while you're making a living.)
* When writers start off in close third person following the protagonist, then shift perspectives abruptly for a few paragraphs due to carelessness rather than craft. I've seen a few of these annoying errors in mass market paperbacks from rather famous but clearly a tad too prolific authors of late.
* Print that's so small or pages so thin that you get a headache after just a few minutes' reading. I've recently chosen among 3-4 versions of classic texts with these concerns making the pivotal difference in where I invest.
* When, at author events & readings, audience members ask long 'questions' that are really rambling, discursive attempts to impress the author. Ugh.
There. Glad I got all that off my chest. See you over at The Broke and the Bookish's blog hop!