Friday, December 2, 2011

Follow Friday

Today's Follow Friday is hosted by Lauren at Parajunkee's View.

This week's question: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books? Maybe you don't like love triangles or thin plots? Tell us about it!

My answer: Biggest pet peeves in books . . . ? Hmmm that's really hard to say because there's a lot of things nowadays that really peeve me off in YA novels - whether it's pointless love triangles or boring storylines where nothing much happens for the novel to move forward. But if it came down to one thing it would have to be the way author's write their romances and that ever-so-cheesy dialogue.

I can handle romance in its own way because I don't mind feeling mushy on the inside and laugh out loud when boys and girls communicate in a romantic-soap-opera way, but sometimes author's take it too far when boys start to nickname their girlfriends - calling them the likes of 'Baby' which gets on my nerves all the time. On the other hand, it's the girls who are the problem and I particularly hate them when they always comment on the boy's appearances and that familiar line of 'chiseled abs'. To me, let's talk about personality and continue with useful dialogue that actually goes somewhere.

So, what are your pet peeves in books? Comment below.

Have a great weekend you guys!


  1. I hate when it seems like a romance in YA completely revolves around looks. It's like... why are you so in love with this guy? He's a douche but he has nice abs??? NO!

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  2. Hopping through. I hate nicknames. "Baby" is ugh...somewhere in between demeaning and too sweet.
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  3. I really dont read so much YA, but I cant stand a low self esteem girl in YA. Well really at any age group, its just annoying any way you look at it.

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  4. Same here! We need substance behind the looks.

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  5. Amanda: I don't like girl characters with low self esteem either. Thanks for following!

    Jez: Agreed. Thanks for commenting!

  6. Low self esteem is annoying. I can understand when they have some legitimate past issues they are dealing with/getting over but when it is something stupid like but he is so much hotter than me I don't deserve him, then I am annoyed.
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  7. Low self esteem needs be fixed in books. Unless they have a good reason to have it. Thanks for stopping by Jennifer! :)

  8. Definitely yes to love triangles. Happy Friday!

  9. BABY. Man, that annoys that crap out of me too haha. Baby or Babe. In a novel, movie, tv show, real life... I just hate that 'affectionate' nickname. And totally agree on the appearance thing. I mean, yes, you can show that the girl is physically attracted to the guy, but to comment on his breathtaking hotness EVERY time they see one another? I'd much rather learn what's inside and all the little quirks that make him so charming <3

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  10. Sagacity Quest: Thanks for stopping by to comment.

    Brodie: I KNOW! Baby and Babe is NOT a sexy nickname and if someone called me that I would go crazy-ass on them. haha. Exactly! We need reasons why the boy is a good person rather than "Oh he's so perfect because of his icy blue eyes and his six pack." I mean a six pack is alright too . . . but personality counts for more.

  11. I totally agree! I want to know that the girl likes the guy for more than just his hotness. Why exactly is she so stupidly in love with him? If it's just his looks that makes your characters pretty shallow.

    Haha, I think I would punch anyone that calls me Baby. The book I am reading has that nickname used and the character is not happy about it.

  12. Kathy: Exactly! And yes, I too would punch someone who calls me 'Baby'. haha. I just HATE that nickname.

  13. Cheesy dialogue gets me everytime too. :( It just makes me cringe.

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  14. Definitely. Thanks for following Niina.

  15. Ya gotta love an author that piles on the cheese! ;) Yeah... not so much. Great answer!

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  16. Completely agree. Cheesy, really cliche romance actually makes me cringe, ahhh! I can't take it. Have a great weekend! :)

  17. The insta!love and the love triangles are really getting out of hand in the young adult fiction these days, it seems. It's more of a turn-off, than a turn-on. And I hate, that it seems to define what a lot of young adult fiction is, because that's not what it is. There are so many author's and books out there that are wonderfully written in young adult fiction that don't employ these two peeves and yet, they are going un-read and under-noticed, because of the assumption that people get regarding them.

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  18. I'm getting to the point where if I read "chiseled abs" or some other super-shallow, super-superficial physical feature I'm going to go on a YA hunger-strike. I mean, why can't some of these love interests have amazing personalities, and that be why they're hard to resist. What is it about YA these days that has everyone eager to write an insta-love story where the girl is mediocre-looking with low self-esteem, and so she just can't believe it when a "swoon-worthy" (another phrase that aggravates my gag reflex) guy shows interest in her? Ugh.

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  19. Carmel: Don't mind some cheese but not a whole heap of it. Thanks for commenting!

    Liz: Agreed. :)

    Suz: Definitely! YA insta-love is defining YA novels which isn't supposed to be the case. Thanks for stopping by to comment! :)

    Kelly: Haha I think we should go on strike if 'chiseled abs' comes up in another book. I think the reason why looks are always mentioned because to most people looks are the most important but to me personality is the thing we should focus on. It's not to say the hot guy is going to be a nice one . . . he could be a total creep with an ego. And yes, insta-love usually involves a girl with low self-esteem which is a real shame. Thanks for following!

  20. I agree with so much in your post! I really dislike boring story lines, especially when the book drags on and on... and on. :)

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  21. Hey Christy. Usually when a book drags I either start skimming chapters until I get to something interesting or I give up. Thanks for hopping by also. :)

  22. yeah not too much on the cheesy dialogue! ugh.

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