I have decided to pop in because I have a question for you.
What are your fiction pet peeves?
Everyone is looking for something different when they read. Some people crave non-stop action, while others (like me), adore characters who go on philosophical cruisades from time to time.
By the same token, everyone has something different that they absolutely hate to see in a book.
For example, I refuse to pick up an animal-centered book where the critter dies in the end. In my eyes, such a book is a waste of time. (Why do people keep writing books like this? Don’t we already have enough of them in the world? What is the point?? I lost my own flesh-and-blood dog a few days ago, and it was NOT FUN. Why would I want to read about something that is no fun, if that’s how the book’s going to end? OK, you get the point, I’ll move on now.)
Another thing that irritates me is when I get halfway through the book and discover, to my complete shock, that the main character is blonde.
(Because in my world, all characters are brunette until proven otherwise.)
(No offense to all the blondes here. Being naturally blonde is a whole lot rarer than being naturally brunette. So y’all are rare and special.)
This happened when I read Inkheart. We didn’t learn Meggie’s haircolor until more than halfway through. And I couldn’t believe it. It wasn’t until I saw the movie that I could even begin to see Meggie as a blonde.
Writers, for my sake, please: I don’t even need to know eye color up front. But hair color is a must. Even just tell me if it’s light or dark.
But enough about me.
What bugs you in fiction?