What is the one thing that grinds your nerves when you’re reading books? For some, it’s insta-love. For others it’s prologues. The characters are all perfect and beautiful. The writing style, bad grammar, info-dumping, killing off characters.
Here are 5 of my bookish pet peeves
Most of the time, Epilogues are pointless, 1 to 2 pages of needless information about the future of the characters’ lives, or the fate of the world, or some such.
Exceptions: The only time I’m cool with epilogues is at the very end of a series of books. IN HOPE because it wraps up the series, including all of the characters. Hallee Bridgeman wrote an excellent Epilogue in Topaz heat. Lovely 🙂
A LACK OF EDITING
I have read multiple stories that I would have thoroughly enjoyed had it not been for the horrible grammar and/or complete lack of professional editing. The story would have been amazing, and I’d have given some of these books 4 and 5 stars, but due to things like, missing words, inappropriate word endings, terribly passive language, the same similes used over and over again…it’s difficult to finish stories containing a myriad of editing faux pas…es…and I will put it down.
I will not lie, it is very difficult to wrap up the ending of a book. Sometimes authors choose to use an abrupt ending with some sequence of dialogue that hopefully ties things up. Characters revealing something significant, hinting to the future, or revealing their feelings for each other. Sometimes it works. Sometime’s it’s just…weird….
Exceptions: Cliffhangers. Like the last line in Catching Fire. Best Last Line Ever!
On the other hand…
ENDINGS THAT GO ON FOREVER
Lord of the rings anyone? (Okay so I’m referencing a movie, but come on, how many times does the screen have to go black before the movie is OVER?)
Sometimes, like in Mockingjay, the ending will just go on and on and on after the climax, but there’s no real point to anything written. It’s like, the author’s trying to wrap things up, but maybe there’s too many things to wrap up…or maybe the wrap-up is taking too long…ugh
TOO MUCH SCIENCE
I’ve been complaining lately about how I don’t like reading sci fi. Well, then I sat back and thought about how much I seriously love Michael Critchon. But I could not, for the life of me, get through Jurassic Park 2. Holy Rusted Metal Batman, there was so much science in that book.
Another book heavy on science was Moby Dick. Overall that book was terribly boring anyway, (probably due to the excessive science of whales)
Exceptions: I read Jurassic Park twice. I also loved Micro, one of his last manuscripts published after his death. I think I’m good with modern sci-fi science-y-ish stuff.
Also, I really do love sci-fi movies. The Martian was amazing. Intersteller, Gravity, Inception…all of them, Amazing! I’m a huge fan of Star Wars as well. However, watching sci-fi is so much easier on my brain than reading through a whole bunch of science I do not – nor will I ever – understand.
What are your bookish pet peeves? What will make you want to put a book down and forget you ever read it?