We all have them; the little things in our lives that annoy us to the point of problem. If you’re lucky you can find ways to get over those pet peeves, but if you’re like me, you probably struggle.
I struggle especially when I’m reading. There are too many amazing books waiting for me to read them that I can justify spending time reading books with terrible clichés and annoying traits.
Here are a just a few of my bookish pet peeves:
Poor editing and grammar.
As an aspiring editor myself I understand how difficult it can be catching every single mistake in a 80,000 word book so I forgive a mistake here or there. But when I’m getting a mistake every chapter or page it just becomes unacceptable.
Nothing peeves me off more than when authors uses words in their novels their characters would never use. Especially if those words are long, impossible to pronounce words. It feels as if that author is trying to sound smarter by using fancy words when really all it’s doing is creating confusing characters and poor writing. Big no-no for me.
Token diverse characters
There has been a huge movement towards diversity in YA fiction lately (and rightfully so!) but I have come across a few novels where authors have tried to diversify their world and failed in doing so. Rather than just writing an accurate representation of the world around them, some authors end up with token characters, like the token gay best friend, or the token character of colour. Seriously? Are we still in a place where we can’t get past the token character and instead have characters from all walks of life as it is in reality?
On the flipside of my previous point, it really annoys me when I’m reading a book and there are only characters of Caucasian descent. That isn’t the world we live in, so why does it exist in our books?
Love at first sight
This is a tired and completely overused trope that I am sick to death of. I can’t stand reading books about two characters who fall “in love” instantly upon sight of one another. That’s not love, sure it might be a deep attraction or lust, but love comes from getting to know and understand someone else. Not just sighting them from across the room. Please writers, stop using tired and problematic tropes like this!
Giving it all up
Have you ever read about a character and spent the majority of the book reading about their goals and plans and watching them progress through a book and develop into a really interesting person and then all that goes out the window when they find themselves in a relationship? It’s the worst! Unless the writer is trying to make a point about how a person shouldn’t lose who they are and what they want in a relationship, this is a flawed trope that I wish didn’t exist.
So these are just a few things that really irritate me when I’m reading.
What bugs you? Do you agree or disagree with any of my pet peeves?
Share your own in a comment down below.