Friday, December 2, 2011

Follow My Blog Friday (5)

'Follow My Blog' Friday is a meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The idea is to meet other book bloggers, and get to know one another. What a fun idea, and opportunity!
Featured blogs: The Book Addict & Books and Beyond.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books? Maybe you don’t like love triangles or thin plots? Tell us about it!

Ugh, honestly, I have so many!

Love Triangles:

I really don't dig love triangles. It's one of the reasons I love the Cat and Bones/Night Huntress books so much: they're about Cat and Bones. No question about it. Cat isn't going to hook up Tate,Vlad, or Charles and Ian at the same time. Bones isn't going to bone Justina. The way it is. I mean, let's look at Twilight. Despite what some readers may have wanted, there was never any question she'd end up with Mr Sparkle-pants. I just wind up feeling manipulated.

Cliffhangers:

Cliffhangers are tricky... the honest answer is: it depends. I don't mind unanswered questions. I hate not knowing whether or not the main character is going to live past the final page, not naming any names >:/

If I read a book, I want the resolution to the book in the book I'm reading--not the next one! A story has a beginning-middle-end. I want my damn ending.

There's a big difference between a cliffhanger, and just being left with questions. Questions and me? We're cool. I use my Google-fu >:D

Typos and Continuity:

I'm willing to forgive, but this irritates me. It'll pull me out of a book quicker than I can blink. I once read a series where the main character's sister's name changed in the second book, then back again in the third >.<

Cheesy Dialogue:

"Don't kiss me like a woman if you're going to treat me like a child.' Hehehehe! And snort!" - Cat
To this day, this line is the first thing I remember about Halfway to the Grave, despite it being one of my favourite books. (thanks to FicBookReviews for reminding me of this one!)

Head Hopping:

This is almost exclusively a romance-gripe. Where, within one scene, without a new chapter, scene-break, anything, we hop from the heroine's POV to the hero's. I''ll find myself re-reading lines going "Wha? Why is she admiring her own twinkling turquoise eyes? SHE CAN SEE HER OWN EYEBALLS?"

One of my favourite romance authors--Julia Quinn--does this constantly... but I still love her :D

Communication:

But honestly? My major one? Whole storylines/arcs revolving around issues that would be resolved if the main characters would just damn-well TALK TO EACH OTHER. Perhaps the greatest gift we are in possession of as human beings is that of language. It's what separates us from plants and animals, right? That, and opposable thumbs. Not that I'm saying we're better than animals. Just ask my cat. She'll set you straight. It drives me BATS**T LOCO INSANE to see it squandered on two supposedly intelligent heroes, who surely have faculties enough to use it. It's like these characters are being willfully stupid.

You know what I'm talking about, right? When someone flies into a tantrum instead of talking? When the jealous heroine makes an assumption about the hero, gets pissed off and breaks up with him, when the only reason he wasn't responding to her questions was because, I don't know, he's mute, or something? The so-called-hero who assumes the lady in his life is trying to manipulate/manage/control him? I can't stand this. When an issue could be resolved just by people talking before making assumptions, you're going to get me cranky.

What about you?

46 comments:

  1. Cliffhangers bother me also! I really don't like when I am left not knowing the fate of my favorite character!

    Have a happy Friday and stop by my follow Friday!
    http://sarahcatchingbooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/follow-friday-8.html

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  2. I totally agree about the communication thing! New follower!
    My FF Post

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  3. I didn't even think of continuity, but that's a big one! And communication--no big misunderstandings please! Have a conversation, like normal people! Thank you!

    Happy Friday!

    http://readingtopenguins.blogspot.com/2011/12/following-friday-13.html#comment-form

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  4. @Amanda: hehe, thanks!

    @Sarah: Cliffhangers ARE THE WORK OF THE DEVIL! Thank you!

    @Kate: Thanks! Following back, and thanks for agreeing! See, communication works! :P

    @TheReadingPenguin: Doesn't it drive you nuts? Thanks, and happy friday! I loved your answers :)

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  5. Your list is perfect. Every single one of these things gets on my nerves when I'm reading a book, especially cheesy dialogue. It makes me cringe, in the worst way possible. I also love your example for love triangles. Cat and Bones are one of my favorite couples out there and the books are amazing without there being a revolving door to their bedroom.

    My Follow Friday
    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

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  6. Hopping through. Cliffhangers aren't bad if I have the next book ready and waiting for me, but if I don't, they just kill me.
    My Hop

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  7. Great response and I totally agree with everything you said! New follower!

    My Follow Friday!

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  8. Love triangles and cliffhangers are a pet peeve of mine. awesome answer!

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  9. Naww how cute is your blog! and your welcome! I know! cheesy dialogue makes my skin crawl and that one you got there is cheesy alright!

    Love triangles, I love triangles but only those that are well executed. I might add this on my list too. haha. and I also agree with the rest of your answers!

    FOllowing you back Sarah! x

    ♥Ficbookreviews♥

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  10. Cheesy dialogue and continuity problems are very annoying. I love the Sookie Stackhouse series, but am often frustrated with the continuity issues.

    New follower: http://ohpaperpages.blogspot.com/

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  11. I wouldn't even have thought about head-hopping until you said it, but it can absolutely drive me crazy a lot of the time. Especially when a book is mostly from the one character's perspective and then suddenly there's someone else poking their thoughts in.

    New follower :)
    My Follow Friday

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  12. @Lalaine: Aw, shuck, thanks! And yes, I have to agree with you. A decent love triangle is just fine :D

    @Agrippina: I know, right? It gets me EVERY time.

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  13. Reading your post today I kept going, Ugh me too! Me too! I hate cliffhangers! They stink soooo much...and the dialogue changes. Soooo annoying :)

    Great post!

    http://brunettelibrarian.blogspot.com/

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  14. Hopping through and returning the follow. Your blog is just FANTASTIC, by the way. Just had to let you know how much I love it.
    Wonderful answers, too! Very thorough. I'm glad to see that we share a lot of the same pet peeves, love triangles and cheesy dialogue in particular. I have to admit, I was surprised by cliffhangers making the list because they almost always make me go out and buy the sequel, but on the other hand, I feel your pain. Sometimes they're just...disastrous. Also, you have no idea how long and hard I laughed at "SHE CAN SEE HER OWN EYEBALLS?" Phew! I need to catch my breath!

    Happy Friday,
    Laura @ A Work of Fiction

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  15. @Laura: OMG, you just made my day. THANK YOU! And hurray for fellow Australian bloggers! I'm torn on cliffhangers, because seriously? They work on me too. I'll run out and buy the book now. But when I have to wait 6 months? A year? I am just incapable of patience, and waiting, so hmmm :D

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  16. Oh man. you are right about cliffhangers. Cliff hangers have to be done a certain way. Great answers. Come visit me as well if you get the chance.

    Grace
    Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog

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  17. LOL! I do get irritated when the character could easily solve the problem with just a few words or the truth. So irritating.

    New Follower!

    My Follow Friday.

    ~Kristin

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  18. @Grace: YES! A good cliffhanger can work, don't get me wrong, but I hate it when I'm reading a book, and feel like it was missing the last few chapters :P

    @Kristin: Thanks! And oh boy, this is my biggest peeve. I read a book where it was just misunderstanding after misunderstanding after misunderstanding aand it drove me NUTS!

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  19. Cliffhangers and head hopping, OMG.
    One series I've read (and I can't remember which one) ended BOTH books with cliffhangers and another book ended right where the smackdown was about to take place. I hate it, it's like a cheap trick to get someone to buy the next book just to see what happens.

    As for head hopping, I've found it in YA, and instead of marveling at her own eyeballs, I thought she had teleported! D:
    ~

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  20. @wornpagesanddustyshelves: YES! This is exactly my issue. I don't mind unanswered questions, but when a book is building all the way through to a showdown, I want to see the showdown. "I hate it, it's like a cheap trick to get someone to buy the next book just to see what happens." EXACTLY.

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  21. Old Follower!

    I totally agree with with you on the communication thing *fist pump* lol

    http://jumpintobooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/follow-friday-4.html

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  22. New follower hopping through. I am so with you on the love triangles. I included them in my post as well. It also looks like we're reading the same book :)

    Here is my post -

    My FF.

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  23. I agree with you on everything especially love triangles!!

    A new follower!

    Please check out my FF here:
    http://forget8me8not.blogspot.com/2011/12/follow-friday-2.html

    And my 50 followers giveaway!
    http://forget8me8not.blogspot.com/2011/11/50-followers-giveaway-blood-bound-by.html

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  24. I have to say I don't like either love triangles or cliffhangers, but if done well I can definitely stand them!

    I'm with you 100% on cheesy dialogue though and head hopping!! Yes. I forgot about that. It's so confusing! Hahaha, and omg yes on communication. That is so true and I HATE when it happens. It's then you just want to throw the book into the wall. ._.

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  25. this was honestly genius and well thought out. I'm really taking notes this week so thanks!

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  26. Great Answer! You make so much sense and I have to agree with you with basically everything! Especially the 'communication' aspect, it annoy the hell out of me too.

    Old Follower, come check out my FF

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  27. Great answer! I always want to just shake someone when there are issues because they won't open their mouths and just say something! Makes me crazy! I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I'm a talker :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

    www.laurengetsliteral.com

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  28. hello i'm a new follower!!

    http://kcs-books.blogspot.com

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  29. Cliffhangers are a love/hate thing for me. I HATE when they leave you suspended, mouth-gaping, thinking WTF JUST HAPPENED?! But at the same time... I LIKE that feeling LOL. It's unfuriating, but I love things that shock and leave me yearning for more.

    Haha totally spot on with the Communication one. Sometimes I just want to reach through and strangle certain characters because they won't goddamn talk things through! I know it creates drama and complications if they don't and there's all that confusion, but ugh. Just deal with it already.

    And jealous heroines who are jealous over the smallest of things... *smacks them upside the head*

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  30. Mr. Sparkle-pants, that just made my day. And you've hit the nail on the head with communication. That's definitely a frustrating one. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy Follow Friday! ^_^

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  31. A good answer, I agree.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/12/follow-friday.html

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  32. LOL! I love your list! I also have a love/hate relationship with cliffhanger ending. I understand the need for them but the recent YA trend of ending a book mid-sentence drove me so insane that I stopped reading the genre!

    I'm a new follower. :)

    Holiday Foreplay Giveaway

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  33. Cheesy Dialogue, have not thought of that one.
    httpA://sidnebkclubreveiwz.blogspot.com

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  34. Hey Sarah, it makes me flippin loopy too when all two characters need to do is say more than three words to each other to solve a "filler" issue, I've been know to walk in circles and rant for this exact reason! (the BF says" I'm too invested") LoL
    I also love Cat and Bones obvious devotion to one another, Happy FF ;)
    Tristan @ Reads With Wreckless Abandon

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  35. Great picks! I think I need to add to my pet peeves...
    New follower!
    Meg @ The Book Addicted Girl

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  36. Hey Sarah! Yes . It's me. I have FINALLY stopped by! You should add a follow by email button :)

    Ooh great things! The whole talking to each other thing I totally agree with! Also typo's sometimes it makes me feel all happy that I found it (hey I want to be an editor!) but most of the time it's like, why should I have to? THEY SHOULDN'T BE THERE.

    Brilliant post!

    You can stop by my FF if you want (I know you already follow and comment loyally).

    Old follower!


    Check out my FF post here

    Thanks!

    Molly
    Reading is my cup of tea

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  37. love triangles don't bother me if I don't read a lot of books with that. It"s pretty much the same thing for Cliffhangers. I don't like it but I can understand it.

    old follower

    here is mine

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  38. Oh i agree, camera angle is a big thing that makes me jump outta my socks. Sometimes it'll fly over my head but most times I'm like "how do you know someone had green hair when you didn't even turn around to know who it was?" /throws up arms

    New Follower C:

    My Friday Hops

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  39. Love triangles bother me no end when it's blindingly clear which guy is going to be chosen and yet the tension is meant to be carried on for three books. Ugh!

    Great answers! I'm a new follower. My FF Post

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  40. Yes, so many books could be over in 10 pages if the characters just talked to each other! Great answer.

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  41. Love your answers! I don't like cheesy dialogue too. :-\

    Old follower. Have a great weekend!

    Pam | jellylovesbooks

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  42. Wow, this is a good list, and I agree with a lot of them. The Cliffhanger endings KILL me! Especially if it's going to be another year or more before the next book comes out. lol

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  43. Completely agree with all of them, but especially the last one. Great post!

    New follower.

    Book Bound

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  44. OH MY GOODNESS YOU GUYS!
    Thank you so much for all your kind comments. Sorry I've been so slow responding. BIG love!

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  45. Hello!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Sorry, but I'm a few days late!

    Wow...you have a lot! lol My favorite (or least favorite, I should say) is love triangles. I just don't like them! They can be so frustrating!

    Happy Blog Hop!

    Lisa Jo @ Once Upon A Chapter

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