(No books were harmed in the writing of this post)
I fundamentally respect books, and I like most of the ones I read. However, sometimes, like with all things… I just cannot stand them.
My Bookish Pet Peeves:
1) Obvious Political Bias (Without True Substance)
I’m not trying to stop authors from sharing their opinions because that’s the entire point of books and we need free and open discourse to function as a society. But it does get annoying when I’m trying to read an apolitical book but the author is taking childish jabs at Republicans every other page without facilitating any real discussions about politics. Thank you.
(I recently read a book where Trump was mentioned for literally no reason probably five different times and it completely took me out of the story)
Update: so, I ended up taking the plunge after all and writing an entire post on this
2) Spoiling Other Books
Authors, PLEASE don’t do this! Please! I really don’t know why this is such a common thing.
Everything, Everything spoils Flowers for Algernon and a bunch of other books. The Mother-Daughter Book Club spoils Little Women. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time spoils The Hound of the Baskervilles. I have not read this one yet, but apparently The Mystery of Mrs. Christie spoils The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. THAT ONE IS A CRIME! (pun sort of but not sort of intended)
3) Changing the Location for Different Editions
The main example of this that I can think of is my favorite series, Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series. When I read the first book from my library, the story took place in Connecticut. When I ordered the second book, Pip was living in England. The name of the town changed, the slang the characters used changed, and as it had been a few months since I read the first book I was really really confused for a while. Then I realized they had changed all this stuff for the US version of the books, so when I thought the setting was Connecticut that was just for the American editions. Confusing!
4) Anachronisms in Historical Fiction
It’s usually the female characters of historical fiction books who have the same sensibilities as modern-day feminists, even though it makes no sense within the historical context of the book and the society in which she lives. You can write a strong female character in a historical setting who believes in equality without making it seem like she stepped out of 2021. A woman in Regency England just isn’t going to have the same concept of feminism as one living today and it doesn’t make sense to write her that way.
5) Cliffhangers at the End of Every Chapter
One thing that inexplicably bothers me in books is when the author puts a mini cliffhanger at the end of every single chapter. They’re often dramatic one-liner sentences, and when every chapter has one they start to seem very manufactured.
Instead of creating suspense, it ends up diminishing suspense and making me annoyed. Like the boy who cried wolf.
Those are all the bookish pet peeves I’ll feature in today’s post. Do you share any of these? What bothers you in books? Let me know in the comments!
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Classical Music Piece of the Day: Vivaldi- Autumn from the Four Seasons
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