Friday, December 2, 2011

Follow Friday #3: Pet Peeves

Follow Friday is a blog hop for book-related blogs hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

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! 


  1. I don't know if I've read too many books where the adversary became inanimate. I think in the plots I read this'll happen, but it's secretly because some evil dude caused it to happen. I guess that does describe most apocalypse stories though!


  2. Mostly it seems to be a matter of the author throwing in a natural obstruction (like a snowstorm or a mountain, or both) in order to complicate the plot further--even though it might not have anything to do with the plot.

    And yes...apocalyptic fiction is not high on my list of favorite genres for that very reason.

  3. I don't mind inanimate adversaries, but they can get boring sometimes.

    New follower!

  4. Yeah the unnessecery swearing, sigh, not for me either....

    Have a great weekend!

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  5. I am not a big fan of the 'rescued from his humanity' either. I don't much like redemption plots either now that I think about it. I also agree with the Nature issue, it is in a great deal of fantasy novels when on a quest, but it doesn't bother me in all novels. I think it depends how the writer handles it. Thanks for the follow!

    New Follower
    Beth ^_^

  6. Tough guy cause he swears? Yeah, that's just pure lazy on the writer's part. I think of the elements as a bad guy can work if done well. I loved 'Good Hope Road' by Lisa Wingate. But your examples sound pretty cheesy, I must admit.

  7. Rescuing from their humanity..drives me crazy too.

    Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

  8. Lol! Heaving bosoms made me laugh! Thanks for the follow. I'm following back.

  9. You have the most unique answer. New follower! :)

  10. I got enough of the "man against nature" story when I read Jack London's books.

    Aaron (Dreaming About Other Worlds).

  11. lol great post :) I can't say I understood the appeal of 128 Hours or whatever that movie was either.

    Old follower :)

  12. There is a soft spot in my heart for books that are full of action, drama, suspense, and all the things that catch you up in a great story... and when I get to the end I think to myself, "wow, not a single swear word!" It can be done. Read DIVERGENT if you don't believe me.

  13. Thanks for becoming a follower of my site. I'm intrigued by your answer and look forward to more of your posts.

    The Scarf Princess

  14. Huh...I never thought about that that IS rather annoying. "STOP YELLING AT ME CHAIR!" That popped into my head when you mentioned the chair bet. bahahaha.

    I'm a new follower.

  15. Your comment about the chair made me laugh!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm a new follower!