Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
Here is today's thought provoking discussion question:
What are some things that annoy you in books?
Don't worry I am not going to do the big ones (love triangles, cliffhangers, open endings etc.) because I have touched on all those before. Today is a fun post all about those little niggling things that irritate you while reading.
I always snicker when I read a post over at Christy's Love of Books where Christy is complaining about the mysterious vanishing car. She notices when a character drives a car somewhere and then they don't drive it home, but the next day, the car is magically back home. I have started to take note of this phenomenon since Christy pointed it out and it is rather funny.
For me, there are a few things that annoy me. One of them is authors that describe eye color by comparing it to food. Seriously? I don't want to think about an eye color being the color of something I want to eat. That is too weird. I have read some bad ones. Such as comparisons to chocolate chip cookies or mint chocolate ice-cream, and of course there are plenty of chocolate, caramel and butterscotch eye colors. Food eye color seems to be especially prevalent in romance novels. I don' know, for me it just doesn't work to compare the eyes to something that goes in my stomach. It's kind of creepy. Any body part compared to food is weird, just saying.
Another line I can't stand reading in books, but I run across it all the time is "I let out the breath I didn't realize I had been holding...." I cannot tell you how many times I have read that line. I don't think people stop and think, "Oh gosh, I am holding my breath, I better let it out."
Bad grammar and slang: I cannot stand bad grammar, it drives me nuts. I read a popular YA book three summers ago (it was a mermaid book) and the author actually used go or goes instead of said. I still can't believe that got past the editors and was published, and it wasn't a one time thing. Numerous characters where always going instead of saying. This was even a book put out by a rather large publisher. I also hate when characters use slang terms, especially when they are ones that aren't familiar. It's fine when it is just once in awhile, but when I run across a character that uses nothing but slang and such, is a big no for me.
Hot sex that occurs after intense physical activity and they are all sweaty and nasty, and no one cares about the sweaty smell. Morning breath and making out, just a big fat no. Also virgins who have amazing sex the first time. I could go on and on about all the irritations in sex scenes, but I will leave it at this.
Mean girls: why are there so many nasty, mean girls in literature? I can't stand the group of girls prevalent in books whose sole purpose is to bully. With bullying being such a big problem, I hate that books and movies continue to use the mean girl trope. I think it encourages bullying. However, if the author is specifically trying to address bullying, then I am fine with it.
Comparisons to popular books. I hate when you read a blurb or a book synopsis that compares a book to whatever is the latest and greatest. Remember when Twilight was the measuring stick, and all the releases had tag lines like "For fans of Twilight" or "If you like Twilight, you must read this," or how about books that compare authors for instance "For fans of Stephen King and Anne Rice." Most of the time, the book is nothing like the book or authors it is being compared to. I am all about original, and the last thing is I want to read is an author who's trying to emulate Meyer, King or Rice or whomever is selling. I like originality.
Endings that leave me wondering what the heck I just read. Cliffhangers are annoying, but I think the endings that mess with my head and leave me wondering why I just invested all that time in the book drive me insane.
These are a few of my pet peeves. What about you all, what annoys you in your books?
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