Welcome to Day 28 of BookBlogWriMo!
Everyone has pet peeves. This is a broad spectrum that covers everything from biting your nails to texting during dinner. As a slightly OCD book lover, my list of pet peeves is longer than most people's.
Today's (fun) topic is...
Book Pet Peeves
1. When someone borrows a book and gives it back in terrible condition.
2. Dog earring pages. This is an irreversible sin in my book, because once that crease is on the page, you cannot get rid of it (Did I mention that I am "slightly" OCD?) Is it really that hard to find a piece of paper to mark your spot in the book?
3. People who are obnoxious in libraries. For some reason, people believe that libraries are social hangouts. I do not mind book discussion and stuff like that, but anything that I also believe that parents should actually watch their children while they are in the library.
Now, on to my peeves about books.
1. Love triangles. I hate it when books stop focusing on the actual story and create unnecessary drama by adding a love triangle. Most of the time, it is obvious who the character is going to end up with anyway, so why even make the stupid thing in the first place? There are some exceptions, like in the Throne of Glass series, and The Hunger Game series. Personally, I think that readers get too caught up in the Edward versus Jacob rivalry that they do not pay attention to the plot.
2. Dead/absent parents. In YA, there is an abundance of characters without parents. Kat, from the Lux series, Harry Potter, almost everyone in the Percy Jackson series, and on it goes. Basically, if characters have their parents at the beginning of the series, they end up dying, becoming lost, or getting sick somewhere throughout the series.
3. Manic Pixie Syndrome. Sometimes called "Manic Pixie Dream Girl," this is my least favorite kind of character. She (normally a girl, but in some cases is used with males) is practically perfect-- she is beautiful, smart, funny, kind, etc. The main character develops a
creepy obsession crush on the Pixie Girl. But, this girl always remains aloof and unattainable. The reason that this character exists is to teach the main character "valuable life lessons." Unfortunately, the first example that comes to mind is Margo from Paper Towns by John Green. I have tried reading this book, but I truly did not really care about Margo. Sorry John Green.