Book reviews. Paranormal fantasy, fiction, YA, romance, adventure, fantasy, supernatural--all sorts of genres. New releases, pre-releases and previously released material (whatever I find on my to-be-read shelf :)
Friday, December 2, 2011
It's Follow Friday!
I can't believe how long it's been since I posted! I've really got to get back into blogging, so today's Follow Friday is my new start :)
Today's Follow Friday question is:
Question: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books? Maybe you don't like love triangles or thin plots? Tell us about it!
Like many of you, I have a few pet peeves when it comes to books. First off, I have been trying to read more independent authors because I think it's important to support new authors and I love discovering someone new to read and to share. However, I have literally stopped reading in the middle of a story because the errors in the book were so bad. I understand that self-published authors don't have the advantages of professional editors and proof readers, but ask a friend to take a look at your work before you publish it. No matter how good your story, a work filled with bad grammar, run on sentences and misspellings seriously detracts from your work.
My second major pet peeve when it comes to books is lazy authors. I love to read series--finding a great author that writes engaging stories is a treasure. However, what I don't like is when an author gets lazy and insults readers by recycling plot lines and, in some cases, actual lines from previous stories. I have stopped reading two series' by a very famous and popular author for this reason. I feel insulted--like I'm not intelligent enough to realize that this same plot happened to the same character three books ago. If an author can't think of new stories for a series, end the series. Simple.
My final pet peeve ties into the previous one of lazy authors, but this is about convenient endings. Nothing is more disappointing than to reach the end of a trilogy or series only to suddenly have everything fall into place for a happy ending. I know this example will bother some readers, but I was massively disappointed by Breaking Dawn. I mean, come on, imprinting Jacob on the baby to resolve the love triangle--it felt like something from an old Soap Opera. After having read the other books and been impressed by Meyer's storytelling, I was very let down her ending. It felt like she was trying to please readers with a happy ending for everyone instead of writing what she truly felt would happen in the story.
Anyway, that's my list. Hope you all have a great weekend!