I’m taking off my writerly green eyeshades today
and putting on my Reader crown (because Readers rule!) to talk about this week’s topic, Pet Peeves in Books. This is a dangerous topic for an author because People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones.
For authors reading this post: don’t let anything I say here interfere with your voice or confound your muse. If your readers like your voice and your stories, you’re doing it right!
My biggest pet peeve in books can be summarized in one phrase:
Too much of a good thing
A character whose eyes are “laughing” through the entire book.
The same sex act repeated almost verbatim more than once (three times in the book I’m thinking of), as well as sex scenes that go on and on as if the author is writing them to a word or page count.
These three examples come from very successful New York Times Bestselling authors, so, obviously, they should ignore me and go on doing what they’re doing. Never let good editing interfere with sales.
But, I do have this one thing, my biggest, too much of a good thing, pet peeve:
“Fresh” writing. Yowza, you know what that is, right? Cliches are boring, and you’ve got to twist them. Only, carried to the extreme, the whole freshness thing itself becomes cliched. Some authors are twisting and turning and doing acrobatics two or three times in every sentence and it’s just…too much, at least for this reader. Please, just zing me with a beautiful image once every page or two, and extra points if you make me laugh.
I make all these mistakes, and then some. Probably some that are identified in the other MFRW authors’ posts today. Use the links below to hop along and see what they get peevish about as readers.
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