How are you all doing? I’m currently enjoying a few days off work. 🙂
Here’s my first Top 5 Wednesday post of December. I’ve looked at the other topics for this month and I’m so excited to write up the posts.
I hope you enjoy,
Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) was created by the YouTubers Lainey – https://www.youtube.com/user/gingerreadslainey/videos and Samantha – https://www.youtube.com/user/thoughtsontomes in 2013. I know I’m late to the party, but it’s better late than never eh? It’s a tag used by both YouTubers and Bloggers.
A new topic is chosen weekly and every Wednesday you upload a list of 5 books/answers that are related to the chosen topic.
If you would like to get involved and join in, here is a link to the Goodreads group where each topic is published: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday
THE T5W TOPIC THIS WEEK IS BOOKISH THINGS YOU’RE A GRINCH ABOUT:
*Spoiler warning for All That She Can See – Carrie Hope Fletcher below – avoid answer if you’re planning on reading this.*
This is something that bothers me so much. I understand that one typo or grammatical error in an entire book isn’t bad going, but I feel as though editors and proof readers should notice them all.
I know we’re not all perfect, heck I get things wrong too, but as an aspiring editor, this tends to be something I pick up on a lot when reading.
2. Historically inaccurate plots
This is something I find irritating. If you want to write a book that’s not set in the era you’re currently in it’s logical to do as much research as possible before writing.
It annoys me when I read book, particularly if it’s one centred around World War Two, and it contains weapons or transport that weren’t used or invented yet, for example. I understand that it’s difficult to research every detail of a plot and that many readers wouldn’t notice, but thorough research should be important to the author.
3. When characters that hate each other suddenly fall in love
This has happened in a lot of books that I’ve read and it bothers me so much. For example I recently read Carrie Hope Fletcher’s – All That She Can See. While I enjoyed the book, I felt that it was completely unnecessary for the main character, Cherry, to fall in love with someone she hates throughout the first half of the book. It happens so suddenly and it just feels like a forced relationship rather than a natural one.
I’m not bashing the book as a whole, as I did enjoy it, but this specific plot line annoys me in general. If the character’s love blossoms slowly, through the characters development and change then I’m all for it, but not when it happens suddenly.
Side note: I also dislike instant love in novels. I understand that you can be attracted to someone when you first meet, but so many books over exaggerate this and it’s not realistic. I prefer the characters to get to know each other first.
4. When all the character’s unrealistically survive
This may be a controversial one. For example, in fantasy books when all of the “good guys” fight the “bad guys” and win without any casualties – It’s just not realistic, especially when all of the “bad guys” end up dead or imprisoned.
Now I understand that you can’t kill off all of a main cast and I wouldn’t want that to happen, but sometimes I think it’s necessary to the plot for a pivotal character to be injured or die if there’s a big battle.
5. Unnecessarily killing off characters because it’s trendy to do so
On the flip side to my last answer, it annoys me when authors kill off characters unnecessarily. Ever since Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead have become popular, it seems to be trendy to kill off well loved, popular characters for literally no reason at all, other than to shock the reader.
While this can work in certain situations, a lot of the time I just find it frustrating and annoying.
What are your book related peeves? Do you agree with some of mine or do you disagree? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂
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