October 5, 2021
Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Bookish Pet Peeves
Yes. I do have bookish pet peeves!
They do affect my reading experiences!
Do you have bookish pet peeves? Do we share any pet peeves?
I realize that these are only my personal preferences and opinions and you may or may not agree. That’s OK. Reading is a personal experience.
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Bookish Pet Peeves
(in the general order of their annoyance factor)
Heavy Handed Author Agendas
Pointed political comments or agendas are noticeable to readers and are unnecessary and offensive (to me) in an escapist read.
I’m including here the occasional modern thinking I see in historical fiction novels, especially about women’s issues. (***edited to add: a commenter offered the thought that progressive thinking among women was more prevalent than we’ve been led to believe…and I think I agree with this because as an older person I remember when my younger self thought “feminist” thoughts and never voiced them because it just wasn’t spoken about at the time. My annoyance in reading comes from an author’s voice breaking through rather than from genuine actions of the character…..this distinction is subtle (maybe it boils down to “show not tell”), but I can feel it when it happens because my eyes roll involuntarily!)
Profanity of a religious nature is especially offensive to me.
If every other sentence contains the F word, I worry about the author’s limited vocabulary.
No Punctuation of Dialogue
This trend is extremely annoying because the text is so much more difficult to read and comprehend (in my opinion).
Detailed and Graphic Open Door Romance or Crude Humor
Some books need to be more clearly labeled Erotica.
Heavily Character-Driven With Minimal Plot
I need SOME plot, some internal conflict, some evidence of moving forward….in other words, I need a dynamic, round character who grows and develops. Character-driven is hit or miss for me.
Pedantic (Tell Not Show)
Authors, don’t tell me what or how to think or explain what just happened! Trust your reader!
I can’t prove it, but I feel like some authors manipulate readers to ugly cry.
If it’s long, it better be good! No backstories for the backstories or stories within stories!
Calling It In
Authors that write a book a year without a substantial story to tell mystify me.
Descriptions and details can be overdone! I do not need to know the exact angle of the teacup!
Bonus Pet Peeves!
Authors, please stop using “She released the breath she didn’t know she was holding”….or some version of this! Definitely cringe worthy.
Titles that make no sense in the context of the story or are taken from one obscure line of text.
***I’m afraid now that I’m on a roll and can’t stop!
I hope I haven’t offended anyone with my bookish opinions!
What are your bookish pet peeves?
Do we share a pet peeve?
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