Friday, December 2, 2011

Follow Friday!

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!


  1. Second post I've rad complaining about Breaking Dawn :) I still haven't finished one reason being the one you mentioned.
    Old follower, have a great weekend!

  2. You're right in some case it's the same for me.

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

  3. A hearty second to tying everything up with a neat little bow. I was so angry at myself for having spent time reading Breaking Dawn! It is such a cop out...not everyone lives happily ever after.

    Following :-)

  4. Yes, I hated the Twilight series for lots of reasons but the ending of Breaking Dawn has to be one of them. Way too sugar-coated. New follower.


  5. Oh I disliked the happy endings for the sake of happy endings too! It seems lazy like you said!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  6. Oh the ending of Breaking Dawn... It just wrapped up too easily! I agree wholeheartedly. I knew when I finished it I would not be revisiting it.

    Thanks for stopping by and following, and I'm following you back now! Happy Friday! :)

    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

  7. I agree...I was thinking about reused plot while reading a book the other day. Odd how this author reuses storyline...ugh.

    Happy Friday! New Follower!!

    My Follow Friday.


  8. Completely agree with your third point! Who wants a book to wrap up so perfectly that everyone ends up happy?! I definitely felt the ending of Breaking Dawn was a cop out, for not having to resolve some tough issues. Great post!

    New Follower!:)

    Follow Me Friday @ Radiant Shadows

  9. argh! felt the same way as a reader towards breaking dawn... and sort of like, "REALLY? REAAAALLLLLLY? COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!" with the whole jacob/baby thing.
    but as a writer, i totally understand her wanting to give everyone a happy ending- BUT, with that said, she could have done it differently. jacob could have imprinted on leah, or someone ELSE.... so did not need to be bella's freaking kid. lol

    and THANK YOU for supporting the independent authors- we seriously N E E D you! i was JUST telling my friend how freaking hard it is to market our books right before i read this post. :)

    anyway, if you're wanting to read a smooshy YA romance, with light paranornal that has IS happy.. lol, let me know- i'd love to give you a copy to read and review! :)

  10. I agree with all of these especially the ending. I rather harsher but more realistic endings than the happily ever afters.

    Xpresso Reads