The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
Today’s question is
“Do you have a pet peeve about books?” (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
This week seems like quite an open ended and open to interpretation question, so it’s going to be interesting comparing what I thought and answered to everyone else’s answers!
I have plenty of peeves, lol. In terms of writing style, I cannot enjoy a story where I am told things instead of being shown them through thoughts, words, actions and emotions. I’m a very character driven reader, I need to feel their emotions and “hear” their reasoning. I don’t want to read that “She was happy”, I want to experience it, I want to know how that happiness felt, how it affected her mentally, physically and emotionally.
So peeve #1 is Telling not Showing.
I’m a huge fan of dark erotica/ dark romance. First of all I have an issue with “dark” being used, or rather mis-used, as a description when really the book isn’t dark at all. The male lead being in an MC, or a bit of a bad boy, or just very alpha does NOT make a book dark. Kidnapping the heroine but then treating her with kid gloves, as though she were a delicate princess, is NOT dark. At the very least a dark book should contain dubious or non-consensual sexual situations. If those situations do not impact emotionally or psychologically on the heroine then I’m unlikely to find the story to be dark either, though at least I accept the labelling.
What peeves the heck out of me is when the antihero forces the heroine into dub-con or non-con situations but no acknowledgement is made of his behaviour being wrong. I’ve read many books where the heroine is given Hobson’s choice over being stripped bare, forced into a sub/slave type role and punished for not following rules she either didn’t know about or never agreed too. I’ve enjoyed the ones where the antihero acknowledges that his actions are wrong and that he is a bad man, even if he doesn’t care. However if the author tries to make out that because the antihero told her not to try and escape her enforced captivity, somehow the punishment she receives for doing that is totally her own fault. No normal person would NOT make an escape attempt in those circumstances, should an opportunity arise.
Peeve #2 – Acknowledge when something isn’t consensual.
The final one is more to do with books that don’t exist. I acknowledge that having bought a book in a series, it doesn’t entitle me to future books from that series. I paid for the book I’ve read and (hopefully) enjoyed and that’s the transaction complete. I don’t even mind the series not ever being finished – life happens, books don’t sell, there are lots of possible reasons . What I do mind is when the author releases lots of other books and never explains why that hanging series is incomplete. Even worse is when they then go on to leave another series unfinished.
Peeve #3 – Not finishing what you started
Another peeve I have also involves duets/series and it is when there was enough story for 1 book but the author stuffed in loads of fluff and filler so that they could release it as a duet or trilogy. Or when a story is released as a series of 3 or 4 books, but when you add up the page count it was just one longer book AND would have worked as one book. I’m happy to pay £5 or £6 for a decent length ebook, authors can’t live on fresh air alone. However I don’t like paying £3 each for parts of a novel.
Peeve #4 – Sell me a whole book
My final book peeve are the inconsiderate, selfish, stealing, lying, cheating scumbags who pirate books and upload them to pirate sites, or who download pirated books to read. I expect to be paid for the work I do, why would I expect an author to accept any less than I would? You wouldn’t walk into a bookstore and walk out without paying for a book, so why would any decent person not pay for an ebook?
Peeve #5 – Book pirating.