So this week, we're talking about our writing pet peeves. What drives us up the wall when we read it. So I'm just going to jump right in.
This is first for a reason. I get instant attraction...find it hot to read. But as a reader, I need to be able to able to believe the main characters are falling in love. I cannot suspend belief when, within a short period of time together, they're declaring their love.
Similarly, when the hero and heroine (or hero and hero, heroine and heroes - any variation thereof) spend most of the book apart from each other? How can I believe there's love there? And a mention of some time together "off screen" doesn't cut it. Don't tell me they bonded and are developing feelings for each other. I want to see it. That's why I read romance, FFS.
Ass Claiming - The Final Frontier
AKA If you really, really, REALLY love me
you'll let me do you up the butt
Okay, this one is...well, it's a major pet peeve of mine. MAJOR. And I've read this in so many books by different authors, and I don't know if it's how they want it to come across - My guess would be no, but it really does.
The hero and heroine are together and falling in love and things are progressing...but the hero is obsessed with getting in the heroine's backdoor. I mean, OBSESSED, thinking about it constantly, talking about it. And when she finally gives in and lets him do it...well, it's the confirmation he needs that she really, really loves him.
Hey, I have characters talking to themselves, muttering and the like. And anyone who knows me can tell you I totally talk to myself. However, when a character is all alone talking aloud, info-dumping all over the place.... Nuh uh.
It isn't believable and there are other ways to get that information to the reader. I guess info-dumping, in general, is a pet peeve of mine, now that I think about it. It’s lazy story-telling and having a character soliloquy-ing all over the place? It’s screams laziness.
It doesn't matter that there's a gun in my face,
all I can think about is tappin' that.
Now, I love me a sexy story. I love a story full of tension and characters unable to keep their hands off each other. Oh yeah... BUT, as in life, there is a time and place for such things. I'll let you in on a secret - a situation fraught with danger, lives literally on the line, that sort of thing? Not the time and place to be all up in your head about how much you want to do someone. It certainly isn't the time to be copping a feel. I don't know about you, but if I have a gun all up in my face, I'm not thinking about sexy times. Even in an erotic romance, in certain scenes, SOME things take precedence over getting some.
Who the hell needs character development?
While it's last on this list, it's really high on my overall pet peeves list. Lack of character development. This can appear in a couple of ways. Either the character doesn't change or grow in any way, which is boring and unrealistic. Or the character does a complete change that doesn't make any sense whatsoever and we are supposed to just go along for the ride, even if it doesn't make sense.
I think I've seen this more with heroes, to be honest, and I don't know why that is. But a common scenario I've seen is the hero is super aggressive, gruff...kind of an A-hole to be honest. And seriously I don't have a problem with a guy bordering on A-hole-ness if there are reasons for it and we get to see him grow and change and become better. But, what usually happens is when it comes time to get to the happily ever after, suddenly he is a changed man, for the better, of course, and off into the sunset he rides with his girl or guy. We don't get to see the change, the reasons behind the change - it's just suddenly there.
And there you have it, in all my judge-y glory, my top writing pet peeves. o.O Make sure you go and check out what drives the other ladies up the wall. 🙂