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.
Save the words! Don't let them starve in the cold!