Friday, October 26, 2012

Follow Friday

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. They also  have two lovely featured blogs: Carmen Jenner and The YA Bookworm Blogger. If you haven't followed them, you should. They're all awesome.

Today's Question: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.

The trick (does it count as a trick? It's not very tricky) that irritates me most is when authors take common, real-world items and make them the most amazing, newly invented, magical things in their fantasy world. I have no issues with said common items actually becoming magical in an alternate world. My complaint is only when the ordinary thing stays ordinary and all the author has done is change or misspell the name. Yet all the characters are somehow shocked, awed and mystified.

The protagonist's discovery of coffee (only now it is called Cavage) does not count as plot or scene. Neither does a debate about what to call the (recently invented) magnificent rolled pastries with cinnamon between every roll and frosting on the top. Cinnamon Swirl? Sugar Roll? Cinnamon Spiral? It's like the perfect name is floating just out of my grasp.

On another note, we recently had a blog birthday, so check out our brand new "You may also like..." bar. And rather than having a giveaway ourselves in honor of our blogiversary (as some of our regular commenters have named it) we would like to direct you to Crystal of YA Society, who's giving away a Kindle or a Nook ( 'cause that's way cooler than what we'd be giving away) in about six days.

A joyous Friday to you all. May the weekend be magnificent.

Keep an eye out for Save-a-Word Saturday. It's coming soon.
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  1. LOL, yup, I agree. It can make for dull reading.

  2. "It's like the perfect name is floating just out of my grasp." Lol. This is the essence of Tyler-Rose's brilliant snark.

  3. Oh, I agree with your points about the renaming stuff. I read a lot of Sf so I get this a lot in books. I don't care for cliffhangers, but mostly I hate anything that happens due to coincidence. I like logical steps to a conclusion.

    New follow via GFC.

    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

  4. Ooooh yes, i hate that! Or if the "name" that is given is so ridiculous that you end up not taking the whole book seriously.

    Old follower.

    Christina @ Ensconced in YA
    My FF

  5. I like your blog name and background. Reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. I agree with that, nonsense words too.
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    Alise - My FF Post

    1. Awww thank you. :) We both really like that story.

  6. I have never had this problem but I can see why it is annoying !
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  7. Great answer. I've never run across that I don't think, but it would DEFINITELY be annoying! :D New follower here via GFC. My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! :D

  8. Agreed! Thanks for stopping by! New follower :)

  9. I definitely agree. it's funny because I just put down a book that was doing something similar. I don't need 4 pages explaining this awesome new weapon that is essentially a bow without the string and uses magic. Ugh. lol. I don't know that I've encountered a book that takes regular items and doesn't change them at all.
    Great answer.
    Thanks for stopping by and following. I've been following via GFC.

  10. Haha, That's true! That kind of writing device would just bore me to death!
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  11. Haha! Great post!lol @ "It's like the perfect name is floating just out of my grasp." hee hee hee!
    Old follower here, yay! Followed via Networked blogs too!
    Thanks for stopping by my FF'S for this week
    Book Me! and Carmen
    Happy Friday! =D

  12. Ooh, I never thought of that one!
    New follower via GFC.
    Rinn (My FF)

  13. new follower here

    I can see where the naming issue can be a problem... I've always gone by the firm belief a rabbit is a rabbit but cross a rabbit with a wombat and then you can rename it.

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