Violence Against Women. For some reason, especially in the new adult category, senseless violence against women as a means of furthering the plot of the story has become commonplace. Nothing fries my cookies more. Rape should never be in an author’s “writer’s block toolbox.” Be more creative.
Love Triangles. So rarely are love triangles handled well, that I’ve come to hate them in general. Almost always, the second love interest to be introduced is the one the girl falls for. And, usually, the author is in love with one of the love interests herself, and it is so obvious to the reader, that it eliminates the other guy as a possibility. It’s super frustrating, and one of my top bookish pet peeves.
Excessive Profanity. I have a bit of a potty mouth myself, but it’s an immediate turn off when characters repeatedly drop the f-bomb for no apparent reason. It’s not a means of conveying maturity. It’s laziness on the writer’s part.
Time Shifts. It’s irritating for me as a reader to switch back and forth from past to present, unless it is very clear what is happening. It takes a very skilled author to do this well, so the majority of the time, shifting from past to present is just a pet peeve.
Cheesey Covers. I know authors usually have zero control over what the covers of their books look like, so it is not their fault that I sometimes refuse to buy/read books, simply because the cover aggravates me. This is especially true in the romance department. I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but most of the time, I can’t help it.
What about you?! What are some of your bookish pet peeves? Do any of your irritants match mine?