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Feature & Follow Friday #3 – Dealbreakers

This FFF is well timed since I had my first Did-Not-Finish book this week because of a dealbreaker!

This week’s question:

Q: What is a deal breaker for you in a book? For example, do you abhor love triangles? Or can’t deal with bad editing?

Bad editing and writing combining to stilted writing and dialogue!!!! Omg, if the characters are SPEAKING without contractions, we’ve got a serious problem! Also commas, learn how to use them, or find someone that does!

I’ve gotten new ways to follow and be followed!!! I only just figured out (thank you Hannah!) that you don’t need Blogger to follow using GFC (*doh!*) so link me up! I’ve added NetworkedBlogs and Linky Followers which you are welcome to use, whatever suits your fancy :-). I’m also happy to follow old followers with more of those too.

What’s your dealbreakers these days?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -A


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  1. Thank you for stopping by my blog. :) New follower of yours via Linky and NB.

    Sorry it took me like forever to visit you back. RL events have had me busy. lol
    I agree, I can’t stand when there are so many mistakes while reading. It’s is a real turn off while reading a book.

    – Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

  2. Hi Anya,

    Sorry it took me so long to get over and visit your blog! Thanks for stopping by The Book Asylum. I’m a new follower via networked blogs:)

    I see that you’re reading Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I just downloaded it! Can’t wait to hear what you think.


    • I completely understand, Fridays are crazy huh?? Thanks for coming by, and I’m sure you’re going to loooove DoBS, it’s amazing :D

  3. Great answer – it made me smile (in a good way though!) Couldn’t agree less!
    Old follower! Thanks for commenting at my blog!

  4. What a cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute blog. I love your little dragon guy! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following; I’m a new follower too! Also, commas are my biggest pet peeve ever. People are just comma-happy! It drives me nuts!

  5. yes I agree with the contractions… thanks for stopping by my blog and i’m also your newest follower by networked blogs.


  6. Great answer :)
    following you back

  7. Great answer. I totally agree. I can think of at least one series that did this. Not good.

    Following back :)

  8. I totally agree. I mean I personally do not use commas very correctly but some books look as if the books was just sent out after the first draft. It seems kind of like the author doesn’t care. Great point and thank you for following my blog. I am loving your blog and the adorable dragon!!!!! 8) Following you on linky 8)

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! I totally don’t use commas properly in casual writing, but definitely feel that published books need a bit more polish ;-) especially if the lack of commas impacts the clarity of the writing.

      Midnyght the dragon very much appreciates your love and affection and wishes me to inform you that she takes treats, just so you know ;-)

      Thanks for following!

  9. Agreed!!

    New Follower via Networked Blogs. Would love for you to stop by my blog and check it out. :)

    Rainy Day Reads

  10. Oh, the terrible dialogue that exists out there *shudder*

    Thanks for stopping ny my FF. Already following, but I’ll follow on networked blogs too :D

  11. lazy characterization is a dealbreaker for me.

    Characterization is all about the character does, how they think, what has shaped them, how they respond to things. telling me what they look like is fine, but that’s not the end all be all of who they are.

    If the description of a character begins and ends with their physical appearance, I’m done.

  12. Totally agree on all points!
    Old follower :)

  13. If I ever wrote a book I would definitely need an editor because I’m terrible with commas!!

  14. Bad editing can be very distracting! And I agree that if a character isn’t using contractions, they are not going to sound like a normal person. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Followed you by Linky.

  15. haha yes! Totally agree with the bad editing bit, that made my FFF as well! And stilted dialogue and writing is horrible too…ugh! Anyways thanks for sharing Anya, old follower via NB, Twitter, FB & Goodreads…but I have GFC if you’d like to follow that way :)

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  16. Jessica@a GREAT read says:

    Bad editing and grammar can make it hard to enjoy the book. You spend too much time trying to piece together what is trying to be said. Luckily I don’t see it all that much!

    Here’s my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

    • Agreed! Since I’ve started accepting more indie books for review, I’ve been running into this more and more, and it’s making me want to simply stop accepting review books! I love finding and supporting new and indie authors, but if they aren’t going to invest in a professional editor, why should I invest my time??? It’s so frustrating :(

      Thanks for stopping by :D Off to check out yours!

  17. Oh, I agree about the contractions! That makes reading so much difficult and it really lends itself to the voice, making the character more formal. So if your character IS formal, then OK. But if it’s some teenager hanging out with friends, then gotta use the contractions.

    Old follow GFC
    NEW follow via Linky!

    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

    • Yup! And in this case they were husband and wife talking to each other, causing me to be like… uh… I’m not really feeling the love here… Thanks for following :D Off to see yours :D

  18. There’s not much that will make me give up on a book – but bad editing is definitely a turn-off. I haven’t encountered that much though.

    • I think your chances increase the more you accept indie published books for review. Some indie published books are amazing, and some just aren’t, there is just so much variation. I’m glad you haven’t had this problem yet though :D

  19. Totally didn’t think of that one but I agree-stilted dialogue is the worst! Old follower. My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! :D

    • Yeah, it only occurred to me as I was struggling through a review book recently and tried to put my finger on why I just detested trying to keep reading!

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