Tuesday, 22 March 2011
The meme Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I am so happy I have this opportunity to vent. I think I have more than just ten bookish pet peeves, but the ten bookish pet peeves that get to me the most are:
1. Dog-eared books. Is it so hard to use a bookmark? You don't have to buy one; you can find something in your home, I'm sure, a piece of paper or a string.
2. People who write, draw and underline words in library books. I would take their library cards. If you feel the need to maul a book by writing in it, buy your own copy.
3. The lack of standalone books. There are too many trilogies and book series out there. I like a story to begin and end in one book. I like a few trilogies/book series, but currently the market is overflown by them and I'm almost afraid to start reading a book these days, fearing it will have ten sequels.
4. Detailed descriptions of bodily fluids. Perhaps authors who do just that think they are cool because they are not afraid to write just about anything. But detailed descriptions of vomit, sperm and a woman's period just turns me off entirely. These things simply disgust me.
5. Love triangles and instant romantic connections. I'd really love to read a book that doesn't feature a love triangle (teenage girls can't be that indecisive) or in which the couple gets to know each other before deciding that they love each other and can't be apart. Instead, what I get is one look that determines everything. Ugh.
6. Literary snobs. I love the classics and read them when I can, but I don't think they are the best thing humanity has produced in fiction. Literature keeps evolving and people who think that only the classics are worth their time (because if you say you love the classics, you sounds so sophisticated...apparently) should read some Neil Gaiman (for example).
7. Librarians who scoff at what you check out of the library (literary snobs, part II). I know two such librarians. If I check out a classic or some drama, they look pleased. If I check out a Kathleen E. Woodiwiss romance, they turn up their noses. What is their problem? Snobbish much? Very much.
8. Present tense narration. "I look through my window and see Fred./She looks through the window and sees Fred." I don't even comment on it in my reviews because then I'd pretty much have to "pick on" every second novel out there, but it does bother me. I like my narration to be done in the past tense.
9. People who ask me "Why do you buy books when you have a library card?" I don't buy books all the time. But I do indulge sometimes, the way other people buy DVDs and CDs. They don't go to the library to borrow them. There are just certain things we want to own because they have some value for us.
10. People who read the last page of a book first. Seriously - why bother reading the book if you know the outcome? So silly.
Posted by Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read at 3/22/2011