Wednesday, August 02, 2017

IWSG: My Pet Peeves

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Each month we have a question. This month's question is:

What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

It's hard to read once you're a writer. You start picking at everything you see. You eventually miss the days when you could just kick back and enjoy a good book.



It's not just books, either. Eventually, you find yourself picking apart the plots of every movie and TV show you watch.



Once you've written enough books and attended enough workshops, you develop a VERY low tolerance for weak characters. If I don't understand why your character is doing the things he/she is doing, I'm likely going to put the book down without finishing it.



If your book is a mystery, and I can see the ending coming, I'll definitely call your writing "lame" and stop reading.



If I get all the way to the last page and there are loose ends you never tied up, I will actually be angry at you.



But my biggest peeve currently in books? The Gone Girl phenomenon. I loved that book, don't get me wrong. But if I pick up one more book that promises to be perfect for "fans of Gone Girl," only to find it's in fact nothing like Gone Girl, I'm going to swear off reading for a year.



Okay, maybe not.

What are your reading pet peeves?

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  1. Yep, it definitely changes the experience of reading once you start writing. I see things now that I wouldn't have seen before that really bug me.

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    1. I end up abandoning a book over things that I know I couldn't get away with! It's an attitude of, "If I can't do it, you can't, either!"

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  2. I have a low tolerance for plot contrivances, whether they involve a character or situation.
    Didn't read the book but saw the movie of Gone Girl. I didn't like it, probably because I just don't like a story that runs that type of course.

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    1. The movie sucked. The biggest issue for me was Ben Affleck. For the first half, you should really not be sure whether you like this guy or not and Ben Affleck is just too likable. The book was a different experience from anything I'd read before (at the time, anyway!).

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  3. Yes I don't like the Gone Girl copies either

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    1. I don't mind if they're good AND original. But few are.

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  4. I loved reading Gone Girl, but it seems hard to replicate! I agree that it is hard to read as a writer sometimes.

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    1. The "I have no idea what's going on" aspect of it has inspired a lot of copies that are actually good. But they're completely different from Gone Girl. And it's hard to pull off--which is why few people do it!

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  5. I don't mind being recommended books that say "if you liked..." I just don't expect them to be so much alike.

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    1. Right...or for them to at least be SOMEWHAT like it! So many just are nothing like it at all but say they are.

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  6. You've hit all the marks for me too. I thought it was just me. Should have known it was a writer thing. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  7. What a cute and pointed post Stephanie. I do hate loose strings and crappy endings :)

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  8. Yes! The comparisons to Gone Girl must stop now. Please! And the title for every book has the word "girl" in it now. This is crazy. (But I love the book. It rocks.)

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  9. Lol!! I'm the same about seeing the ending coming...Lame. I didn't sign up for the blitz because I'm posting your interview around the time of the release, so I'm hoping that will help spread the word :)
    www.jessicatherrien.com

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  10. I'm actually pretty good about turning my brain to escape reading mode versus uber critical mode. I get annoyed by authors who are crowned as the next big thing, and frankly they are boringly artsy. Just because a book is long does not mean it's a literary classic.
    Otherwise, you pretty much hit the big peeves. Always on target.

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  11. I can't stand weak characters either. Love the GIFs :-)

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  12. I'm currently 13 books deep in Preston and Child's Pendergast series and I swear every time a character "fetches a breath" I want to throw the book out the window.

    But I can't, because the book is on my kindle and I do not want to throw my kindle out the window.

    They're a little heavy-handed with the passive voice, which also makes me cringe.

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  13. Love your post Stephanie!!!

    I also don't like to waste precious time on a book that I dislike. Looking forward to your new release!

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  14. Hi Stephanie - I can't stand it when what is really quite a good book fades away to the ending = a non-event or near enough ... the story might be tied up - but that's it. Cheers Hilary

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  15. Lately, my two things would have to be slow motion in a story. Also, I've been more into suspense novels and thrillers, and the writers I've been reading clearly have inside info on things the public may not know, so when I read a novel that has some believability issues, I start screaming inside. (lol) Great topic!

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  16. I think I post about my pet peeves in my book reviews all the time ;) But, bad or inaccurate science is definitely top on my list!

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  17. I can't seem to watch a tv show without guessing the (correct) ending anymore.

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  18. Or when a book promises to be like such and such, and it IS EXACTLY such and such; only the names and places changed.

    I used to love every book I picked up. Then I started writing/critiquing, and man oh man, I am so hard to please now. Even with some authors I've always adored.

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  19. Oh, my I can relate. Haha. Sometimes even during a conversation, I'll take a mental note of what was said or what I think about how the convo is going. It's crazy.

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  20. "It's hard to read once you're a writer. You start picking at everything you see." Absolutely!
    It's been the hardest thing for me to deal with. Gone are the days when I could immerse myself in a story and forget all about the world around me.

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  21. I agree with everything your said. It's hard to read a book and not notice little things and how they might be said differently. I have to be careful just to read and enjoy the story.

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  22. Reading pet peeve? Poor editing.

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  23. Great post!
    I watch such little t.v. these days! I find everything the same! LOL!
    Big Hugs!

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