This weeks's question: What is your biggest pet peeve(s) when it comes to books?
My number one pet peeve is Nature vs. Man conflicts.
I become totally bored and frustrated when the adversary is inanimate. It's like having a fight with your chair. One sided, boring, for the most part meaningless. I find is especially infuriating when the book was rolling along just fine, and then suddenly the plot is all about defeating the Mountain or the Snowstorm or the Volanic Eruption... You need at least two characters--by that, I mean cognizant entities with personalities and opinion and motives--in order to have a good story, or any story at all actually.
Tyler-Rose would like to add a few things to the pet peeve list:
- characters who are supposed to be tough just becuase they swear
- when the hero is "rescued from his humanity" (especially in fantasy)
- "ineffable beauty" (which is then described in great detail)
- and... "heaving bosoms"
Happy Friday, everyone!