Bookish pet peeves… we all have them. From overused tropes to literary devices, each of our reading experiences are shaped by our preferences. For me it is insta-love and conflict that could be solved if the characters would only talk to one another. And that got me thinking: what grinds the gears of other readers? So naturally I took to Twitter to find out what your pet peeves are!
I got some really great answers, see what some of my book blogging friends had to say below!
It drives me nuts when an author uses dialogue to tell the story. She told her friend, “He went into the attic and it was dark and scary, he was so frightened.” People don’t talk like that. I will stop reading a book if the author uses dialogue to tell the story.
— Theresa (@BiblioReviews) June 18, 2018
When the writing is too formal for a casual conversation. Most people don’t always address their close friends by their name before they speak a sentence to them
— Books, Life and Everything Nice (@BooksAndLife1) June 18, 2018
1. When an author spells the main character’s name out inconsistently (Christian Grey..Gray… cough, cough. 2. The book stereotypes a cultural yet claims to be multicultural 3. There is no dialogue 4. An animal dies or is injured for no apparent reason—that’s when I’ve had it.
— Christine | The Uncorked Librarian (@TheUncorkedLib) June 19, 2018
And relatedly – when a character finishes a battle or something else humungous, and then remembers it’s their birthday. The middle grade version of the YA breath holding!
— Asha Hartland (@Cat_book_tea) June 21, 2018
I can’t stand when majority of the book is dialogues, or when there’s a major cliffhanger at the end of a book 🙈
— Norrie (@norrie_reads) June 21, 2018
When one of the good guys possesses some sort of unpleasant trait (being condescending, easily losing one’s temper, constantly berating everyone around them etc.)
And absolutely nobody calls them out on it; even those who are otherwise in the perfect position to do so.
— HP (@Convoycation) July 10, 2018
“He couldn’t believe his eyes” or any variation of that phrase
— Ignoring Life (@Ignoringblog) July 10, 2018
I love alternating perspectives unless… They are not clearly defined or benefit the story in no way, shape or form. Then they become the biggest peeve for me 😂
— Danielle🌈 (@BooksVertigoTea) June 22, 2018
When people turn on the tv while I’m reading ugh
— Jamie @BubblyBooks (@Jamie42019915) July 11, 2018