Pet peeves. Admit it. We all have them…those little things that annoy us. If they increase in number they can push us to the boiling point.
When we find too many of them in books, they make us want to pitch the book across the room. (Usually we duly note the author’s name and refrain from choosing another one of her books.)
Here’s a list of my pet peeves in books:
Too many characters introduced too quickly. Until we get to know them, it’s hard to keep them straight.
- · Telling me how a character felt. Just let me see it!
- · Use of the passive voice.
- · Weak-willed characters
- · Selfish characters
- · Cliché characters, plots or emotions
- · Purple prose (her eyes were like sapphire orbs)
- · Jumping point of view with in a scene. Stay in one character’s head, please!
- · Characters who get along with everyone. What? Don’t they have a backbone?
- · Characters with similar names. (Jim, Tim, Slim, and Kim make my head spinl.)
- · Killing off a favorite character in a series. (This happened recently. The author killed the heroine of the previous book. I’m having serious trouble liking the new heroine.)
What about you? What makes a book-lover like you want to pitch one across the room?