Here’s a question, do we ever talk about reader pet peeves around here? I don’t think we typically do, but maybe I’m wrong. I don’t know. But no matter the truth of the answer, we’re here today to talk about just this.7 OF THE ANNOYING THINGS I CALL READER PET PEEVES #TOPTENTUESDAY #BOOKLIST #BOOKTWITTER #READER #READERCOMMUNITY #READERS #READING #AMREADING Click To Tweet
Do you have pet peeves in the reader world? I honestly don’t know that I can say I have any per se, when it comes to reading, but I do have tropes I don’t love and there’s one sort of bookish (reader) pet peeve that has recently bugs me. So considering mine are more trope-ish and reader specific, let’s dive in, shall we?
BOOKISH READER PET PEEVES (SORT OF)
1: 1,000 PAGES
I’m a simple girl and so anytime a book demands I read anymore more than 350 pages, I bulk. Like, most of the time, from a reader perspective you can tell an effective, and often better story with fewer pages.
2: THE DECEASED EX RETURNS
I’m pretty dang sure this trope is friendlier with TV shows or film, but as a trope I do despise it, so I have to share it.
3: THE DREADED LOVE TRIANGLE
It’s super rare that I do like this trope. When I do, it’s well done in that the one caught in the middle doesn’t waffle between who she (using the girl because that’s usually the formula; two boys, one girl) really loves. I often find that in one chapter she’ll love boy 1 only in the next to be in love with boy 2. And I also say this fully aware I love a book like The Selection which heavily plays into its plot. So, obviously, I forgive it sometimes.
4: INDECISIVE, MUCH?
This ties into the love triangle theme, but it also applies to any character decision. WHY must characters be so indecisive? Make a choice, own it and move forward from there. Are some decisions SCARY as all heck? Sure. But we have to MAKE them, trust they’ll be the best for us and move forward from there.
5: MISMATCHED COVER ART
Note to publishers and designers; please stop putting out a (series) book with one design (hardcover) only to do a 180 with a completely different paperback design which book two will then match. Like, just why?
*and yes, I realize it’s because the book doesn’t do well (outside) with its target reader or in a marketing decision
6: READ WHAT YOU WANT
On Twitter or Instagram or wherever, there’s this kind of thing going on of you can’t read book x because of topic x in book x. Or you cannot read book y because its author said y. Um, read what YOU want. Or I even see the thought that if you don’t read literary fiction (just as an example) then somehow you aren’t a real reader who understands real heroes and fictional characters. *shrugs* I say read what you like.
I see LOTS of books features on Goodreads or social media that I’d never in a million reads touch let alone read, but I don’t “attack” the people who do read those books.
7: WRITE (REVIEW) HOW YOU WANT
A while back I heard, on a podcast, that one of the big no-nos in reviewing is to NOT write your own synopsis. This is something I 100% do and so I took issue with this. Aside from some courtesy, it’s-nice-to-remember-this rules in reviewing (like it’s kinder not to tag an author in a negative review), there’s really no real rules in reviewing. You should review, stylistically, how you want.
As a result of this, I did a write up on whether or not there’s a right or wrong “How to Write a Review” way. It was a good thing for me to write and I definitely enjoyed doing so.
BONUS! OVERUSE OF PROFANITY
Thanks to Jana, I remembered this pet peeve. GOODNESS. This drives me insane. I talk about this a lot in videos or other places, but needless content does NOTHING to endear a book for me. I have read one (but cannot remember which) where it’s well done and there seems a purpose to it. Most, however, do not and to me, it feels like lazy writing that is only there just because it’s allowed in the secular genre (and just for shock value).
Ok, your turn! Tell me fellow readers and friends, what kinds of reader pet peeves drive you up a wall? Or are you a super chill reader? Do you like or dislike any of these? Comment all of your thoughts! Let’s chat away.
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Linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl October 5: Bookish Pet Peeves