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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 >.<
"Don't kiss me like a woman if you're going to treat me like a child.' Hehehehe! And snort!" - CatTo 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.