Each week, one of the previous week’s participants will be randomly selected for an interview (hence the Feature portion of the meme). This week’s featured blogger is Carmen Jenner who has not one, but TWO websites: one as a writer and one as a book reviewer.
Here’s this week’s question:
What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator – that is sometimes considered to be bad form.
I am participating in a challenge right now called Haunted Week, and yesterday’s challenge question was very similar to today’s Feature and Follow Friday topic. When asked to name five things that bugged me in some books, I said:
…things I don’t like in some books are essential to the success of others. Maybe a book makes you feel claustrophobic or the action is non-stop or you really don’t like a character you know you are supposed to like. Or maybe the style of the book works with one story but not with another.
Sorry to wimp out, but I can’t say that there is a device or trick that I don’t like; it is a particular book that uses a device or trick poorly that I don’t like. Examples…examples…hmmm…well, my daughter wanted me to read l8r, g8r by Lauren Myracle. The text talk drove me crazy. I just wanted the story. It’s not that I couldn’t read it (I am an incredibly hip mom, no matter what anyone says). it just got on my nerves. Most of the other things I can think of (love triangles, new girl moves to town and hooks up with bad boy, kid has no idea he/she has powers or is a [fill in the blank], etc. etc.) work sometimes but seem stale otherwise.
Oh! I just thought of one. I am a little tired of everything being a series. Seriously, stop it.