Top Ten Tuesday (2) Bookish Pet Peeves

January 24, 2012 Meme, Top Ten Tuesday 11

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and Bookish.

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.

9. People who rate books on goodreads before the book is even released or in arc form.  The currently untitled 3rd book in the Divergent series is rated 4.57 by 61 people.  Please explain this to me.

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?


11 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (2) Bookish Pet Peeves”

  1. Claire

    Awesome list! I totally agree with you on every point. I hate non-matching covers (evil publishers) and almost cried when I realised how much they’d changed Blood and Chocolate. That said Practical Magic is very different and I love both the movie and the book – in the way I love both milk and dark chocolate :)

    My top ten is here if you’d like a look :)

    • Kimberly

      The only book/movie that was radically changed that I liked was Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio, obviously the storyline was the same but there was so much changed that I know a lot of people hated it.

  2. ....Petty Witter

    So many of my pet hates, my peeves, are included here. I can’t stand the book snob. On Monday I actually had someone criticise the fact that I mostly read novels – Oh, novels, the opium of the braindead were their exact words.

    I also hate books with stickers on the front comparing that book with another book.

  3. Erin

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! :) I love your list; I have many of the same pet peeves. Oh, the love triangle… there are few things I HATE more right now in YA than the stupid love triangle. I feel like it’s an easy out for conflict these days. The lack of a love triangle played a big part in how much I was able to love my favorite book of 2011, “Divergent”

  4. Alexia561

    Great list! Agree with all of your points! The non-reading book snobs are really annoying. And don’t get me started on rushed endings! The story is moving along nicely and we’re all having a great time, then suddenly it hits fast forward and ends! I’m sitting there wondering what the heck just happened! Did the author realize they had reached their word limit? Don’t rush!