Occasionally, I read a book that seems to be moving along just fine, and then a passage comes up that irritates me like nails on a chalkboard. We all probably have pet peeves about the books we read. Perhaps I’m more critical because I’m a writer…but I don’t think so. The readers I know and love are savvy and know the elements of a good book. In no particular order, here’s my list of things that drive me crazy if I read them.
The heroine has tiny feet.
How many people actually think of their own feet as “tiny?”
The heroine falls asleep thinking about what’s going to happen or what already happened.
The heroine has “small perfect” teeth. One that overlaps is far more interesting don’t you think?.
Jumping in and out of heads/point of view.
Do readers notice or care when we even know what the cab driver’s thinking? I once got into a horse’s point of view, but my critique group didn’t get it slip past.
A couple jumping into bed before I care about them – or before they care about each other. Yawn.
The ending feels rushed, as though the author only had so many pages in which to resolve everything.
A story that starts out with so much backstory that I feel as though I’ve missed the previous book.
Heroines who giggle.
Heroines who only need a shower and a little lip gloss to look like JLo. Yeah, right.
Heroes with bad attitudes and nobody ever calls them on it.
Another thing that irritates me and always has is the scene changing to another viewpoint and location just when the story gets exciting. As a writer, I understand it’s a pacing and tension ploy to keep the reader engaged and vary the emotional intensity, but….I’ve been known on many occasions to simply skip the scene in which the tension drops, flipping forward to the character I want to read about. Sometimes I go back for the other viewpoint, sometimes not.
So how about you? Do any of the things I’ve listed bug you or do you have your own pet peeves?
Excuse me now, won’t you? I have to go put my tiny feet up.