Everyone has them. These are just a few of mine.
- FIRST PERSON PRESENT TENSE
I know this is a big thing in YA at the moment. And I cannot stand it. I don’t tend to like first-person anyway – in my opinion, it has to be a very distinct voice in order to be written that way – and to combine that with present tense? WHY GOD, WHY? To me, it feels jarring and less realistic, rather than more. I know some people like it, but I just can’t do it.
- Similar-sounding names
I’m sorry, but even in families, names do not have to start with the same letter. The worst offender I can think of is 100 Years of Solitude. Great book, I really enjoyed it – but there are about three different names in this generations-long saga. I could not tell who was who. This was probably the point, but it was too irritating for me to appreciate the idea.
Especially when they’re dreams or prophecies. Surely having a cracker of an opening line/page is a better way to start a novel?
- White people
THEY NEED TO STOP. (Especially cishet abled white people.) Seriously, since devoting myself to diverse book blogging, I cannot read literary fiction to save my life. I cannot bring myself to care about the whining of privileged twats who just can’t stand the pressure of being so rich/talented/whatever. Sit down, check your privilege, and write something else. PLEASE.
- Spelling errors
How do these happen?! Even in self-published works, surely that would be the first thing you’d check. This is one of the reasons why I don’t like Stephanie Meyer – her works are absolutely peppered with mis-spellings. This is a simple editing job, and it grinds my gears.
I’m going to stop there so I don’t get too grumpy! Do you have any pet peeves about publications?