Another Top Ten Tuesday for you :)
As following with the trend, I haven't been able to quite get into the chosen topics from The Broke & The Bookish these past couple of Tuesdays, so I go back through their history and find a topic that I find more interesting and appealing to me, so that's why today it shall be-
Here's My Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves </3
These are the type of pet peeves that make you turn into Thrandruil with all his sass eye.
I get it. The tree is a shade of envy of the men who lust upon things with their eyes. It has precisely 145 leaves, and the wind blows it at a north east directi- I DON'T CARE. Okay? Tell me that your character is in the woods, and I WILL imagine the trees for myself. Nobody needs 500 pages of description about something that doesn't even relate to the main plot. Keep it descriptive, but not so descriptive that I end up skimming and skipping pages until it is over.
2. Movie Covers on Books
This has been a bit problem for me. It's so irritating to know that the book has a beautifully designed cover that illustrates the novel amazingly, but when they decide to go with the movie cover which has the actors faces on it and is so cliche, it just sends an irritable twitch all over my body. Granted, there are always exceptions to the rule, I particularly like the Charlie St Cloud book cover with Zefron's face on it. That's never a downer!
3. Creased book binding from overstretching
This is so significant. A damaged spine from over stretching the book leaves such a mark. It can never go away! Once the damage is done, it's permanent. It can honestly decrease the value and look of a book by around, 70-80% for me.
4. UGLY BOOK COVERS
NO! THIS WILL NEVER BE OKAY, OKAY? You have a job as a writer to work so that your book looks as amazing and captivating and mesmerising as it can be! So when you make the book cover look horrendous, you need to ask yourself if that's really a book you'd be willing to read and stroke the cover and hold it close to your chest. If not, go and evaluate your book again and the cover and what kind of impression you're willing to give.
5. Book blurbs that don't give ANYTHING away so you have to end up searching for it on Goodreads
"She was the only one who could save the world."
HOW? HOW IS SHE THE ONLY ONE? What world! Blurbs need to be engaging but also revealing a bit about the plot so that I'll be interested in reading your book. If it just gives one line, I have no idea what I'm going to be reading and am just going to make assumptions about your book from the cover and this one sentence paragraph.
6. An ending that doesn't wrap up everything nicely and neatly
I understand if you're expecting to write a sequel or continue a longer series, but no one likes it when each book ends with this massive cliff-hanger and doesn't tie all the loose ends. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling is the best example of a book that, while a series, ties up the endings nicely and doesn't make you feel like you've been gypped for the past couple of hours of reading. I want everything to be neatly tucked, kept, and with no plot holes.
7. Unrelatable and whiny protagonists.
It's hard to connect to a book if you can't even connect to the protagonist. Sure, perhaps the story makes it so that the protagonist IS one of those moody characters, but if you can stay away from negative or whiney heroes/heroines, it's honestly for the best!
8. Editing the book for your own purposes; Dog-earrings, writing in the margins, underlining, ANY OF IT.
No. Don't do it. You're ruining it for everybody else if you are to get rid of the book or donate it. You're ruining it!
9. WHEN THE STORES PUT STICKERS ON THE BOOK AND IT RUINS EVERYTHING
DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE BOUGHT A BOOK AND THEY'VE STUCK A STICKER RIGHT ON THE TITLE OR ON THE CHARACTER OR ON THE BLURB OR RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FRONT COVER?!?!
TOO MANY TIMES THAT IS ACCEPTABLE.
NEVER DO THIS. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUR STICKERS ARE STICKY AS AND I CAN'T RUB THEM OFF WITH MY THUMB!!
10. Love Triangles.
The only triangles I want to be imaging is the triangular shape of the SINGULAR LOVE INTEREST'S BACK MUSCLES. Nothing else! No pining for more than half a book for either love interest, and no 'Will-They-or-Won't-Theys'. I can't deal with it anymore.
And that's all for this Tuesday! There are so many bookish pet peeves but to simplify it down to the biggest one: Someone who is proud to not read! The worst of them all.