This week’s prompt was supposed to be bookstores or libraries I’ve always wanted to visit, but I wasn’t really feeling it. Instead, I went back into the archives and pulled a topic I hadn’t done yet: bookish pet peeves. I’m actually going to do 5 pet peeves, and 5 things I wish authors did more in their books!
ONE: Love Triangles
Let’s just get this one out of the way, shall we? It’s rare that I find a love triangle done well well, and when it’s done poorly, nothing drives my crazy faster. For some reason I found the love triangle in Hunger Games tolerable, but in The Selection and Red Queen, I honestly just wanted to punch the MC in the face. Make a choice already!
TWO: Stilted Dialogue
This is an easy one. If I’m reading a book, and the dialogue doesn’t flow smoothly or doesn’t sound remotely like anything anyone would say, EVER, it drives me nuts. Read your dialogue sections out loud, people. If it sounds unrealistic, it is.
THREE: The love interest going hot and cold
Jace, I’m looking at you. That is all.
FOUR: Silent Conversations/reading something in someone’s eyes
THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE. While I adore Sarah J Maas, if I had a nickel for every time Aelin/Rowan had an elaborate, extended silent conversation or somebody saw something in somebody’s eyes that was not JUST emotion and was actually a vital piece of information, I’d be rich.
FIVE: An annoying main character
I realize this one is super subjective. But if I absolutely hate the main character, there’s a good change I won’t like the book. Exhibit A: Mare from Red Queen.
ONE: REP. REP. REP.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s diversity in books. ANY kind of diversity. And I’d particularly love to see more polyamorous and pan rep. If you’re looking for some books with incredible representation, I highly recommend Blanca y Roja and Strange Grace, both 2018 releases. Follow the links for my reviews.
TWO: Morally grey characters
If you guys are familiar with my reviews, you already know these are my favorite. And in my opinion, there will NEVER be enough grey. NEVER.
THREE: Enemies to lovers trope
This is my favorite and nothing you say will convince me otherwise.
FOUR: Standalone fantasy books
WHY are there not more of these??? I honestly can’t even think of any? But if you know any I’m definitely in the market.
I will forever love books about sirens or mermaids. Forever and ever and ever.
Are any of your pet peeves the same as mine? Do you have any book suggestions for the things I’d love to see more of? Let me know! Happy Tuesday, bookworms.