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 is a deal breaker for you in a book? For example, do you abhor love triangles? Or can’t deal with bad editing?
Well, I basically answered this question last week. Basically, I hate triangles because they always make everyone look bad, especially the person in the middle! The characters always have to be "dumbed down" to make the triangle ~work. It's so ridiculous. I challenge anyone to find an amazing triangle where everyone stays in character and there are no shitty plot devices. The other deal breakers that I mentioned were cheating, romance overtaking characterization, romanticized abusive male "heroes", and unnecessary plot twists/cliffhangers.
I also feel the need to mention editing. While some books are huge and long because they're fantasy epics (I love you A Song of Ice and Fire), there are some books that could benefit from being SHORTER. If you can get to the point of the story by cutting out 50-100 pages, do it! I mean why drag out the story any longer? You're not trying to BS a college paper to make that page limit! LOL! For example, Anna and The French Kiss, could have benefited from being about 100 pages shorter...but instead the author wrote in some ridiculous plot point just to keep the story going on longer! WHY?! WHY! Just stop!
I also cannot stand when authors use big words for no reason (congrats you can use a thesaurus!) and when their stories have awkward and just plain awful grammar. Not everyone can be a writer peeps! (I'm so mean...no really I am! ;) )
Let me know what you think in the comments! Or if you want, you can just say hi!