It is again the First Wednesday for IWSG, and the August 2 Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?
Alex always comes up with the most entertaining questions! I have an entire menagerie of pet peeves on all three subjects, but space requires me to limit to one, so I choose:
Pet Peeves When Reading
Pet Peeves involving Dearest Husband/Significant Other/Love of My Life (just to clarify, all the same man)
- I am engrossed in a thrilling “what’s going to happen next” book.
Coe: “Hey Lee – watch this amazing [insert stupid sports game of your choice] replay!”
Me: “Yup. Pretty amazing.” [grumbling while I attempt to regain my literary reverie].
- We are both engrossed in a thrilling “what’s going to happen next” book.
Coe: “Hey Lee – here’s some really great dialogue you can use in your book.” Proceeds to read really great dialogue aloud.
Me: Yup. That’s really great dialogue. But I can’t use it, because that would be plagiarism, and that’s against the law.”
Coe: “Well, you could change some of the words.”
Me: “Indeed. I could do that.”
On the non-Coe list of peeves:
- Authors setting up Rules, then not following them, particularly in the paranormal genre. But this is applicable to others, i.e. the history in historical mysteries sets up Rules. When characters behave outside of the historical time-frame, they break the Rules, thereby taking me out of the story and causing a big eye-roll. (BIG TIME author guilty of this).
- Getting into a well-crafted story, with good character development, lots of twists and turns, then being cheated by an irritatingly sloppy, rushed wrap-up. (More than one BIG TIME author guilty of this).
- Characters who make one moronic decision after another, on the pretext of “moving the story forward.” It particularly peeves me when those characters are female.
- Writing about any specialty, (i.e. police work, firefighters, firearms, medicine) without doing the research. I know movies and television are completely disassociated from reality (for example, handing a criminal/terrorist a handgun with an empty clip, and the criminal/terrorist is SURPRISED that the gun isn’t loaded. Anyone who has handled a firearm would KNOW the clip was empty. Ammo is heavy). Again, I am rolling my eyes and looking to spend my hard-earned book money on a different author.
- Coincidence to explain anything. Coincidences cause me to stop reading. Life is too short to waste time on coincidences.
That said, it is no coincidence that our fabulous co-hosts will have many more insights on these subjects and none of them will include crabbing about Coe. Do stop by: