Okay, here’s the thing. I love reading. Always have. But….
Some books drive me crazy.
Not the ones I start and don’t like. Those are easy to deal with. Just stop reading.
It’s the ones with an intriguing story line–a new twist on a familiar tale. For example, I’m enjoying the novel I’m reading now immensely, but the author and editor missed some big irritants. I don’t need to be told twelve times that the heroine’s reputation must remain unblemished or she will lose her status in society and her livelihood. Tell me once and get on with the story.
Then there is the hero (who of course will fall in love with the heroine — at least I hope so as they’re a great pair) who has struggled and managed to pull himself out of poverty and find a comfortable niche in society, but he still uses “street speech.” Surely in his efforts to improve his life, he would have worked on his language skills.
Novels that end too abruptly disappoint. The author uses the last couple of pages to have one of the characters conveniently explain the whys and wherefores of the plot–The end. These leave me feeling cheated.
Or the novel that has a natural ending, but the author goes on anyway. I distinctly remember one book that went off on a completely different tangent. What!?
And, I don’t like novels that leave the ending hanging. Some authors are able to handle this well giving us hope that things will turn out okay in the end or by letting us decide what will happen next leaving us the opportunity to be satisfied with our choice.
I’m not a fan of prologues or epilogues either. Start the story where it starts and end it where it ends.
That’s my novel rant. What are your reading peeves?