Feature and Follow Friday (7)

Hello everyone! It's another Feature & Follow Friday! It's been a blast meeting everyone and following so many blogs. We hope this week will be just as successful as last week! 

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.

This week's question is...

Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.

This is a great question. I actually have several things that irritate me:

1. Cheating. Romanticized Cheating. I hate it when a character is put in a position where they have no choice but to cheat. I mean, can't they just break up with their significant other before they do anything?

Irriation Example: Hallowed (UnEarthy #2)

2. Triangles. For the most part, triangles are an epic failure. They always make most or all of the characters look bad. It takes a really, really gifted writer to properly execute ~proper triangle dynamics and so far, I have not found one yet.

Irritation Example: The Vampire Diaries (show and books)

3. Romance Overtakes Characterization. I love romance between characters. I love rooting for a ship. However, I also like individual kick-ass female and male characters. I hate when romance overshadows the character so much that it BECOMES the character. I don't understand this device at all. Why wouldn't the author want the character to stand on their own two legs? Why do they NEED to be ALL about this other person?

Irritation Example: Ten (this was the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5).

4. Abusive Male Characters Who Are Romanticized As Heroes. It's one thing if the guy is supposed to be bad, but it's a whole other thing when they're bad and it's treated like they're good and always have been. Abuse is wrong and I'm not going to have my kick-ass heroines be dragged down by that BS.

Irritation Example: Hush Hush

5. Unnecessary Cliffhangers/Plot Twists. Now don't get me wrong, I love cliffhangers! I love a good plot twist! I mean this is the point of reading fiction, isn't it? You want to be like wtf?!?!? But in a good way! However, there are some stories that just cannot resist doing completely ridiculous things that not only disservice the characters, but the story as well. I hate when stories seem like they're coming to a natural end, but then they have to throw a very contrived plot twist to keep the story going for another 100 pages! It's called editing peeps! Or when a story is just so awesome and you're getting to the end and you're loving what they're doing and then they throw in a BS cliffhanger to go ON TOP of a really awesome one(s). It just completely taints everything.

Irritation Example: Anna and The French Kiss (read my review) and Starters (read my review; the book is epic though except for one thing).

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  1. LOL...you have a lot of them! And I agree!

    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

  2. New follower :) You've got some very well thought out reasons to hate things. Mine is not nearly as in depth, but it is something I haven't seen anyone else mention so far:
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  3. I like you post. Question...Patch was abusive in Hush,Hush? I don't remember him being that way.

  4. Oooh all good points and ones I can agree with as well! Although, for me Patch is an exception. Sure he infuriated me at times, Nora too, but I still liked him! I am waiting in agony for my preordered copy of Finale to come!

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  5. HI!
    #3!! YES! Totally agree. I've read a couple books recently where the romance (which was poorly written anyways) overhadowed the story and just really turned me off.
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  6. I LOVE your answer! You put thought into it! & examples!!
    I agree with you. Fifty Shades of Grey is the ultimate manual of abuse. It's crazy how such books become popular.
    Old follower!
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  7. Love the answer!


    old follower GFC!

  8. Great answer! Agree with everything!

    New follower via GFC :)

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  9. Omg I hate it when romance overtakes the character! Don't get me wrong I love the romance but I have to admit that I would rather have a badass protagonist who's independent rather than one that's lovey dovey all the time. Great answer! Old follower. :D

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

  10. I hate cliffhangers too. It usually feels like a way to sell a sequel. Hopping over to see your review of Anna b/c I don't remember a cliffhanger in that one.

  11. Except for cliffhangers (which I like) I LOVE THIS ANSWER. You hit so many of the things I hate in books.

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  12. These are all true. You made several good points! :)

  13. Wow, you though about this a lot, huh? ;) I love cliffhangers, hate happy endings and love triangles, weird, I know, but there it is.
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  14. I love your list as I feel the same way!

    New follower via GFC.

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    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

  15. I hate the cheating too. I can think of a couple of books where this has happened. -.-
    And I agree with pretty much all of the rest of your list, too.

    Old follower!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  16. Cheating, Triangles and Romance overriding Characterization; Tick, tick, tick. I hate it when the main character tries to mentally justify her cheating with the lame petty excuse of not wanting to hurt the other or that they will tell them, just at a better time AND then they end up in this big, fat mess and start to wonder where it all went wrong. PUH-lEASE.
    Triangles...well, I have nothing to say to those.
    Romance overriding Characterization, doesn't this happen in nearly every book where there's a bad-ass hero? They start of as some sort of punk and crazy player and then SNAP they are googly puppy dog eyes staring up in admiration at the heroine...okay, well probably not like thatt but you get what I mean. ;D

    Thanks for stopping by! Old follower :)

  17. Hello. New follower here! You are the first one to mention Romance overtaking characterization. It is annoying when the main character suddenly is all about her love interest and she basically becomes all about him. It's boring and who wants to read about a whining, love obsessed teenager. Thanks for sharing.

    Also, I'm giving away a Kindle or Nook (winners choice) on my blog if you are interested. The contest ends tomorrow at midnight!

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    Crystal @ YA Society


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