Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
How it works: Each Tuesday will be assigned a topic and then you post your top ten list that fits it. Feel free to add your own spin on the topic to make it work for you! For me, I’m not sure the type of spin I want to put on it, so for now I’ll post fairly straight-forward responses.
I put this month’s topics at the bottom of the post, but you can find the whole list on the host blog. If you don’t have a blog, you’re welcome to participate using other social media or even by putting your list in the comments.
This Week’s Topic: Bookish Pet Peeves
Both instalove and love triangles are not my favorite in most stories. This is usually because they feel very forced. With instalove, I prefer slow-burn, but I am okay with instalust that leads to the characters working towards love.
As for love triangles, they are difficult to enjoy when it is clear from the star who the main character will choose. In some cases, the love triangle can work, but it just needs the right author and story to make everything be enjoyable for me.
My next two are inconclusive endings and sudden personality changes. For the first, I am okay with some open-endedness in a story, but I do not like when everything is left up to the reader to determine what will happen to the characters after the novel is finished.
As for the personality changes, I do not like when a character changes suddenly when they showed no signs of that trait throughout the story. For me, it makes it feel forced as a device to just move the plot and character forward without actually putting in the effort to build up to the change.
If a story makes sense, I can easily read it if it is 1000+ pages long, so it is not the length that bothers me. My pet peeve comes from multiple unnecessary additions to the story just to make it longer or seemingly more complex. For me, it takes a lot away from the main story, so the reader can loose the momentum to enjoy the actual plot.
As stories are fictional, it is understandable that there will be multiple points where there are some coincidences or events of convenience. My pet peeve is when it is when everything goes too well for characters that it loses any ounce of realism or relatability.
For reading in general, I do not like when stories are spoiled entirely. I can live with little spoilers here and there, but I prefer not to have major plots spoiled as I want to discover them for myself.
My other pet peeve is when I am reading a book and I am interrupted. Constant interruptions ruin the flow of a story, which is bothersome when I am really into finding out what happens next.
My final two are book covers and exposition. For the covers, I love the original covers of the story. While in some cases both options are avaiable for purchase, my pet peeve is when the movie/tv cover becomes the only available option and I cannot find the original to buy.
Now, my final pet peeve is exposition. This goes together with telling rather than showing. Exposition is necessary in plots, but I do not always enjoy stories that just tell everything about the characters and the world. For me, I love to discover everything over time rather than read an infodump where everything is just told to the reader.
- October 5:
Bookish Pet Peeves
- October 12: Favorite Book Settings
- October 19: Online Resources for Book Lovers (what websites, podcasts, apps, etc. do you use that make your reading life better?)
- October 26: Halloween Freebie
Happy first Tuesday post of October! I greatly appreciate that you took the time to read this post!
For this week’s post, I went with the first ten bookish pet peeves that I could think of with some being more “annoying” than others. Some I can live with if they are done well while there is no hope to others.
How about you? What are your bookish pet peeves?