This weeks topic: make a top ten list about anything book related that you want. That super specific topic you thought would make a great top ten list or that past topic you wished you would have gotten a chance to participate it? This is the week to do it!
I saw that awhile ago that there was a bookish pet peeves top ten, and since a couple of weeks ago I was supremely irritated by something (see #1) I decided to do this one.
1. Person 1: What are you reading?
Person 2: (Insert YA, romance, fantasy, graphic novel, chick lit or any other “non-sophisticated” book here)
Person 1: Hmm. Wouldn’t you rather read (insert non fiction, classic, or any other “sophisticated” book here)?
Person 2: Not really. What are you are you reading?
Person 1: Nothing. I don’t really read.
I was obviously person 2. I was reading Delirium (which was awesome!) Her recommendation for me was to read “something better.” First, no one should criticize someone else’s book choice. Reading is reading and everyone likes different stuff. Second, you absolutely, 100%, should not criticize someones book choice when you ”don’t really read.”
2. Movie tie in covers. I detest books with movie covers and I won’t buy them. I will pay extra money for a regular book cover.
3. The movie tie in cover’s cousin, real people on the cover. Unless it is a biography or autobiography I don’t want the image of the characters created for me, I want to imagine what I will. Plus quite often the picture doesn’t really match the person anyway.
4. The unmatching book cover problem (books in a series that have different styled covers). I already wrote a post about box sets that covers this problem, but I’ll sum up my feelings here. I like my stuff to match.
5. The non-ending, ending. There is nothing worse than a book that just stops. Even if it’s a series or trilogy and there will be another book, you can still have an ending. You can even have a cliff hanger, as long as you conclude the book in some fashion.
6. What’s just as bad as the non-ending, ending? The rushed ending. Sometimes I feel like the author is like “Crap! I’m almost at my page limit. Quick, let me finish the book.”
7. Love Triangles. They seem to be everywhere lately. I just want authors to know that it’s ok to not have a love triangle. And lets face it, the first guy is usually the best choice anyway.
8. Movie adaptations that completely ruin the book. You know the ones. They change major plot points. They get rid of major characters. They chose actors that don’t make any sense. They add characters. I know that realistically you can’t put every part of the book into the movie, but there is no reason to butcher a good book.
10. Bad editing with either noticeable grammatical errors or plot inconsistencies. I know that there are people out there who are paid to read the book to look for this stuff. I am not always the most focused reader so if I catch a mistake, its usually pretty bad.
What are some of your pet peeves?