For week 22 of the Marketing for Romance Writers blog hop, the prompt is:
My Biggest Pet Peeve in a Book
That’s not a very helpful answer, though, so I offer a recap of an old post. In 2014, the Paranormal Book Club recently asked their readers what is the “ONE thing you CAN NOT stand about a book when reading it?” I categorized the responses, and present them here to you from the smallest peeve to biggest.
#10 Weak female characters. In a genre largely aimed at female readers, you’d think writers would know better.
(tie) Books in a series that end inconclusively. Readers seem to have problems with the endings of series books. See also numbers 8, 5, and 3.
#9 Killing off a main character. George R.R. Martin, please note. If you stop slaughtering your cast, Game of Thrones might actually amount to something.
#8 Waiting for the next sequel in a series to appear. George R.R., you should be careful about this one, too.
#7 Too much recapping. Obviously, this applies primarily to books in a series. And to soap operas.
#6 Sexual dysfunction. Not what you think! This includes gratuitous sex, boring sex, and overly graphic sex.
#5 An unsatisfying ending. See also numbers 10, 8, and 3.
#4 Annoying or whiny main characters. I was astonished at the number of times the word ‘whiny’ appeared.
#3 Cliffhanger endings. These are, apparently, common in a certain type of series. Readers think they’re a Very Bad, No Good, Horrible ploy to get readers to buy the next book in the series. But I bet it works.
#2 Too much description. Overwhelmingly, readers complained about description that slowed down the action. J.R.R. Tolkien, please note.
#1 (by a wide, massive, overwhelming, 3 to 1 margin) Typos, bad grammar, and bad editing. Self-pubbers, please note–get your masterpiece edited and proofed BEFORE you publish it. Please, please, please!
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