For the past three months or so I got back into my normal routine of reading plus/minus 6 books a month. Don’t get me wrong, being able to read so many books again after such a long drought feels oh-so-good; but the ones I’ve read reminded me of some really annoying patterns that I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, at least not if I can help it .
DRAGGING PLOTS: I am sorry, but sometimes I just don’t give a rats ass what kind of salad the heroine’s father’s long lost pet goldfish, finally decided on ordering at the hole-in-the-wall restaurant that no sole dares to enter. OK, OK, goldfish don’t eat salads, but you get my point right? That kind of information is irrelevant! Especially if a book is dragging on longer than what I feel is necessary! In this fast pace, ever evolving world we live our lives in, we look for books with as much RELEVANT information added to make the story interesting and for the reader to build ideas around a situation based on the minor details given by the narrator. I appreciate details that are thought out and researched, as long as I can learn something from it or its purpose is to build the crux of the story. Anything else is fluff that I could live without knowing.
CLIFF-HANGERS: I feel that a cliff-hanger is a ploy to get the reader to buy the next book. I love twists and turns in a story, it makes it interesting and if it keeps me guessing I will keep reading. But most times that I’ve read books that ended on a cliff-hanger, the next book falls flat on its face since the only reason for that second book was to resolve the question mark of the first one. Give me the story, and if you feel the need to add a cliff-hanger rather write a new book with something that is worthy of a whole new story!
RELEASING A SEQUEL A LONG TIME AFTER BOOK ONE: This point goes hand in hand with the first one. There were so many times that I loved a book and could not wait for the next one to be released; but due to the long wait for the follow up I lose the excitement that was created in the first book. There are so many fantastic books out there that I want to read, if I lose interest because of long waiting periods, I will go for something else and forget about the story that kept me waiting.
STEREOTYPING: I read enough Young Adult books to know that this is a problem – well, for me atleast. I loathe stereotypes of any sorts. It places people in a box and I really don’t like that. I love characters with depth – with different layers that are revealved as the story progresses. If you read enough books, you will start to pick up on a pattern that many authors follow; and after a few books it will be predictable, boring and annoying. My favourite books are the ones that steers away from the ‘conventional’ way of thinking and offers a deeper understanding of people’s actions, behaviour and emotions. It makes things more exciting and allows the reader to think further out of the little box that society tend to shove people into.
What things annoy you most when reading a new book? There must be something!