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Feature & Follow Friday #2 – Writing Pet Peeves

Yey, my first FFF that’s actually on Friday, go me! This week I’m rushing off to Minnesota, so my following will be based on airport Wifi, but I’m determined and please post if you are a new follower so I can be sure to add you :D. I prefer RSS or email follows, but I understand if you don’t use those so Twitter/Goodreads/Facebook are all fine too!

This week’s question:

Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.

Hmmm… Typos don’t count I suppose? Haha. I suppose the thing that has come up most for me lately is in the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre: the bad boy is at first mean or outright abusive, but the strong female is still inexplicably drawn to the inner person she can sense. I’m sorry, this is a horrible model for younger girls and a horrible model for women at all. If a guy is ever mean or abusive, don’t take that shit! It doesn’t matter what his excuses are! I’ll get off my soapbox now ;-).

I’m still pretty new to FFF, yey #2, so I would love to follow you! Please please please let me know if you are new (or even if you’re not? *highfives*) and I try to comment back on everyone anyway :D.

What’s your author pet peeve these days?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -A


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  1. Completely agree with you, especially the “horrible model” part!
    Thanks for the comment at my blog earlier! Happy reading :)

  2. I totally agree, just read a book along those lines which really annoyed me.

    • I actually have a really hard time finishing books once I realize that the relationship is that way! Which book was it??

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Typos. LOL. Good one. New follower~

    – Cindy

  4. I agree with you totally! Good answer! I’m a new follower via Twitter @jone402 and would love for you to visit me whenever you have a chance…

    The Scarf Princess

  5. Awesome blog! I like the theme and name. Thanks for visiting my blog~ Followed back via RSS. I definitely agree with your bad boy view.

  6. Jessica@a GREAT read says:

    Yeah, bad boys can be a pain in the a$$. Yet I like the bad boy who ends up falling for the heroine and for her alone, the shell breaks. He’ll protect her from others with his bad boyness, but of course if she’s the type who doesn’t like play DID, she’ll give him hell!

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog! I follow you now too!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    NEW Follower :D

    • I think it works when he’s just moody and mysterious (as long as he isn’t TOO moody ;-) ), as long as he isn’t abusive!

      Thanks for stopping by :D

  7. I get what you mean about the bad boy. I don’t mind the “bad boy” that really isn’t bad. But when a guy is a jerk to the girl, well, yeah, I don’t like that at all.

    Here’s my FF

  8. Hi there! I <3 your blog! LOVE fantasy and scifi! My debut novel, out in a couple of months is a dystopian fantasy with elements of scifi, and I'm currently working on a dragon story. Yeah, I think you and I will be friends! :D Totally love your answer to this one too. Because most love stories have to start with the characters in the opposite place they end up, I think a lot of authors take it too far to where one of the two are either mean, abusive, etc., and that's not the same thing as not having insta-love. Whoa, that was a lot of negatives. Anyway, great answer! New follower here via email ( My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! :D

    • Thank you!!! Ooo really?? Need reviewers for it? :D People who like dragons pretty much are instant friends in my book (which is different than Insta-love in a can, haha!) Thanks for stopping by and seriously let me know if you need a reviewer, dystopians and dragons are a few of my favorite things :D I’ll be stopping by your blog soon!

  9. I totally agree! Bad model plus SO overdone. I love when authors write about the good guy.

    New follower via Twitter.

    Christina @ Ensconced in YA
    My FF

  10. I’m a total SF fan! And I agree with the bad-boy love thing – I mean I can see if the guy treats her special and is careful, but being a jerk is not cool or sexy.

    New follow via subscription.

    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

    • Thanks for coming by!! I’m always on the lookout for more SF fans :D And people who agree that violence does not sexy make *shakes head* I’m following you back :)

  11. Oh, good one– mine was also related to romance: the “Insta-love” effect when two characters meet and instantly fall in love. This reminds me of the paranormal book Hush, Hush– have you read that one? I thought the guy love interest in it was so incredibly violent towards the heroine and unlikeable besides– definitely not a good model for the target audience, or anyone at all!

    Old follower, but I was just curious to see what your answer was.

    • I completely agree about Insta-love as well, it even sounds gross, like it comes in a can or something and ruins the environment, lol. We should make an image to go along with books that have Insta-love haha! It is just so much more satisfying to read a romance that is drawn out over the course of several books, much more like real life and much deeper. Ick, I have not read Hush, Hush and now I don’t think I will. I literally had to struggle through Blade Song because Daemon (the lead male) physically assaulted the girl a couple of times and she still was all hot for him. I just wanted to call the freaking police!

      Thanks for stopping by :D

  12. Hi!! My pet peeve is the ubiquitous romance in urban fantasy. The hero does not always need to get the girl or boy as a prize for saving the world. While most of my favorite authors handle this standard plot development well, many authors make a complete hash out of it – usually by rushing the pace. And even when it is well developed, I step back and wonder what message this gives people, especially young readers, about friendship and working together.

    • I completely agree, because for the record, I think it is possible to save the world without falling in love with someone, and to have a non-romantic close friendship! I really wish there were more healthy relationship models in books these days, but alas, that’s not what a lot of people want to read :-/

  13. Yay, a (mostly) sci-fi and fantasy blog! My two favourite genres =) New follower via email.
    Rinn (My FF)

    • Does that mean you also read sci-fi and fantasy?? :D It’s so hard to find others with my reading taste sometimes!! I’m following back :D *clicks*

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