Oct 26, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read in which we bloggers form new connections, make new friends, and gain more followers.

Q: 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 bad form.

There are a couple of things that peeve me... I wouldn't say they would stop me from finishing or even enjoying the book, but they'd definitely earn a few negative comments in a review...

  • Insta-love ~ can't stand it. There's really no such thing in the real world making it very difficult for readers to relate to. Some slow, steady, steamy romance tops smashing two characters with a cupid's arrow and calling it love any day. 
  • Artificial dialogue ~ You know, those strained conversations between characters that make you think, "C'mon, no one would actually say that." Comes across as cheesy and is a total turn off.
  • Omniscient narrator ~ Not a good time for this reader. I don't feel a connection to the characters, or the story for that matter, when an author uses this tool. You can't really relate to the emotions of the characters because you're hearing about it from someone else. I usually feel outside of the story in these cases, when I'd rather be completely absorbed in that world. Not good.
  • Gushing ~ I really don't know how else to put it. When a girl falls for a guy, usually the reader knows this. We don't need every other paragraph to be about how "his presence is god-like," "his chiseled jaw made her squirm," or "how his dimples instilled butterflies in her stomach." A little bit is good, because we are kept up to speed on the character's feelings, but everyone other sentence is complete overkill and I usually find myself skimming past most of the book in that case.

Wow, it felt kinda good to get that off my chest :). 

Happy Reading (and HAPPY FRIDAY!) Everyone :)

~ Keely ~


  1. Insta love seems to be a popular choice ~ perhaps some authors should take notice ;)

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  2. Yeah! I hate insta love too!!
    I didnt even think to mention fake dialogue though!! It does drive me crazy when someone says something that is so ridiculous!

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  3. Thank you for stopping by my blog:) I'm following back!

  4. Heh. I know. I was never the gushing kinda girl & even if I did see a guy with excellent bone structure I would mentally appreciate the beauty rather than go all blushy/giggly!

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  5. Been seeing instant-love as a big pet peeve by many! Thanks for stopping by my FF! Old GFC Follower!
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  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Yep. I totally agree with you. New follower~

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  7. Thanks for stopping by! Following back! :)

    Oooh dialogue.. how about when there's a character with a certain dialect that is hard to understand and somewhat annoying?? That also gets on my nerves.

  8. Agreed! Insta-love is killer! Great choices, lovely!
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  9. Good thing I've never read "his chiseled jaw made her squirm" or I would just puke :))

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  10. I totally agree with everything you said here. Insta-Love can really kill a book for me (not always, but a lot). Because I personally don't believe in love at first sight. I mean how can you honestly say you love someone when you don't even know a thing about them yet???? I really want to read a book that shows two characters falling in love and the steps and occurrences that happen for them to fall in love. I don't want them to just "be"....

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, returning some of the love <3

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  11. Oh I totally forgot about artificial dialogue!!! I cannot stand that one either!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :) Returned the FF!


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