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Boys in our Books Friday Question of the Week!
Each week we’ll ask a question about your reading experience. Our review team will give our answers and we encourage you to join in and comment with your answers as well! Let’s talk about BOOKS! :)
Excessive use of endearments, especially “baby” (only few characters can OWN that word, most notably Jake Riordan from “Adrien English”). Gah, I hate it. HATE it with every cells of my being. It could kill a great book for me. I usually do a drastic measure to delete all those endearments first before reading or I would never finish them.
Damaged characters used as a plot device instead of an actual character building/development that would deal with whatever the topic is. When an author is comittting to write about fractured lives, I am expecting no less than his/her guts on the plate, and an intelligent handling of said fractures.
Like anybody (I think?), there are actually a few choice things that annoy me. But lately I *really* roll my eyes at face cupping. I mean. That does NOT happen in real life! Okay. In my fantasies, maybe, but not in my house. Perhaps I’m just bitter and jealous of all that face cupping. *shrugs*
I can do a list of pet peeves… beginning with words like “fluttering channel” and when one of the MC’s says “Oh shit” right before anal penetration. Are you saying that because you are excited or do you have an issue and need to stop? Or the over usage of every synonym for penis. I am good with the standard three, I get what type of anatomy the boys have. And let’s not get on the whole semen “falling, sliding, dripping” from the anus…ugh. Sorry, my OCD works in bizarre ways.
I don’t care what book it is or who the author is, I gag…2 words and I’m done for. I’m not a fan of clinical descriptions during smexy scenes either, but these two little words and I am yanked right out of the scene.
Bad editing. Simple as that. I can handle and forgive pretty much anything…but excessive typos, grammar errors, incorrect character names (or mixing up your two MC’s)…completely distract me. Add to that poor content editing…a book that’s just 50 pgs too long with details that don’t move the plot or lend to the story…my irritability level skyrockets.
When authors overuse descriptive nouns to distinguish characters instead of names or pronouns. This is especially frustrating when they are used after characters have already been introduced to each other (or are in a relationship!) So, “The petite blond”, “the rocker”, “the dark-haired man”, “the taller man”, “the green-eyed chef”, “the lithe assassin”, “the azure-eyed astrophysicist”, “the burly, snaggle-toothed, hung-like-a-horse leprechaun”, etc. A little is okay, but when it pops up all the time to distinguish characters, especially if they know each other, it totally kicks me out of the narrative and I have a hard time moving forward.
What are your pet peeves in books?