Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bookish Pet Peeves Part 2

Not my cat...she does not wave.
Hello everyone!  My name is Eve from over at Functioning Insanity and I’m a good friend and former shift partner of the one and only Sarah Leigh.  She has invited me to post periodically on here, as I offered her the same, to get some different insights and such.  I’ve had this idea rumbling around in my head for a post for a while but it never made its way out until I saw the web address for Sarah’s blog, nerdy girl problems.  It was so fitting and I knew this is where this post was meant to be; because let’s face it bookish pet peeves are a serious nerdy girl problem.

Now this is Part 2 of by bookish pet peeves and focuses more on the story content.  Part 1, encompasses the physical aspect pet peeves and can be found on my blog Functioning Insanity.  I’m sure many of you will agree with me on most and may even have some of your own I’ve neglected to mention so please share them below so we can add them and discuss.  These are in no particular order, just as they came to my mind.

1) Names.  Okay so this one is kind of a hit or miss with me.  I can appreciate a strange name here or there.  I work in a position where I see names all day and trying to read them back is huge floundering mess, so I know people have some out there names.  That being said there should be a balance.  Chances are they’re going to be common names as well so if every single person has some odd ball name it seems forced.  Again there are exceptions where the story is involved but I would like to be able to attempt to pronounce the main characters names so that when I’m telling someone to check out the book I can discuss it without stammering on trying to figure out how to saw it.

2) Series drag/rush.  We’ve all probably ready books that were made into a trilogy when it would have been a much better dualogy.  Or the reverse where the 3rd book felt rushed to complete the story where it should have been explained further.  There is no reason things have to be a trilogy.  I am happy to read a single book alone or read many in a series as long as they continue to be amazing and complete.  I don’t want to feel like the whole book was a lead up to the next without a complete story itself.

3) Love triangles.  Or what passes as them, so I should say 2 love interests for 1 character and a choice.  I don’t get it.  I have found very few examples where it is a believable story and not thrown together for a plot device or to add conflict.  Some good examples for me involve one character believing the other is dead and finally moving on only to find the person is still alive.  That means neither character is fickle and the love could be strong and true but thought lost.  Because honestly if you are with someone and you find yourself in love with someone else, how can you say you truly love the other person? 

4) Average girl = special.  Who hasn't read a story that has some plain Jane girl who is completely average as her main point and that is what makes her special?  If someone is so plain and boring then what is the story about?  Please don't get me wrong, I understand that not everyone sees how great they are or they honestly have such a low self image of themselves that even when people compliment them they don't get it.  That is very real, heck, I've been that girl who has had guys interest and never known it all the while wondering why I never seemed to find anyone.  Sometimes we become consumed by a snap shot in time we take of ourselves and forget to update it.  Still when I read a story where the only thing that makes a girl special is that she is 'down to Earth', I roll my eyes.  I know us females can be a bit crazy at times, some more than others.  I blame the estrogen, it messes with you in a bad way sometimes.  This kind of goes along with the stereotypes but a girl who likes to read, paint, draw, etc. something that isn't cheerleading is considered special.  Again there are several ways this can work if the writing and story allow for it, a good example of it is the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.  I found Katy to be a good mix, she considers herself average but she was more than happy about her positives even if they didn't seem super cool to others.  I respected that about her, even as she had moments of insecurity through the series.

5) Stereotypes.  Enough said.  Characters that fall into a specific stereotype are just dull and a fail in my book.  I find that sometimes in life there are people who fall into the typical stereotypes and they embrace the fact, that I can be okay with.  But to make the jock dumb or the popular girl a witch just to do so is a bit dated and really doesn’t do characters any justice or letting them come into their own.

6) Shallow secondary characters.  By this I mean characters who are in the story for snips to move the story along at parts or for a convenient sounding board.  I understand that not every character is going to be deeply developed and some are just there as a point of reference.  Still the ones you are supposed to care about, the best friends, the family, etc the ones who are supposed to add meat to the bones of the story but come out in the end more as a fallen cake.  I love characters.  I need good characters more than a good plot.  A good primary character is never fully flushed out if you have shallow secondary characters surrounding them.

And finally….

7) No development / too predictable.  I mentioned I needed good characters more than an amazing plot.  True.  I also normally have a book figured out 50 pages in if I think about it too much.  I like to think ahead and spin theories and as I read I affirm my suspicions.  I know this about myself.  Same for movies.  Still I enjoy them even if I am able to predict them.  But when a story is so flat and Point A to B to C the end without any real thought I get a bit disappointed.

                That is all I have at the current moment though I'm sure more will pop into my head as soon as I post this.  Thank you for reading.  Please, share your own Bookish Pet Peeves with us down below.  Again my name is Eve, and it was a pleasure to post over here and I thank Sarah Leigh for having me.  Have a wonderful day!

1 comment:

  1. I just about died laughing. You've lodged my complaints! I've recently started reading some romance novels and as I've lamented before, I do so tire of the manner in which the girl is portrayed. She's almost always so very average and yet, she's perfect in every way. Traits and characteristics that would drive people batty in real life are heralded as attractive qualities and jazz. And seriously! No one is that misunderstood!

    But back to the complaints you lodged for me. I hate the love triangles. They're dumb. It makes love seem trite. It robs the enchantment of romance from the story. Plus, it makes me view the characters in a poor light. I don't respect people who go back and forth between two people...