What is one of your literary pet peeves? Is there something that writers do that really sets your teeth on edge? Be specific, and give examples if you can.It took a bit of musing for me to come up with an answer to this because while I am often irritated by things writers do, it's not necessarily a consistent peeve. To draw from some other bloggers' complaints, I may be irritated by the use of he said/she said, but I may also prefer it if done well. Like everybody has mentioned, I am driven crazy by editorial errors because come on editors, isn't that you job? (I feel justified in saying that because I have been rejected from so many editorial positions in which I obviously would have put an end to all editorial errors ever.)
The answer came to me last night while I was
1) Characters who are merely caricatures. Are Mr. Woodhouse or Miss Bates capable of being useful at all? These characters have no depth whatsoever and all they ever say is a continuation of all they have ever said; that is, nothing. They remind me of Jack Gellar, Monica and Ross's father on Friends, except he at least occasionally shows some emotion that runs beneath the surface of his ridiculousness. Also, he only show up occasionally and thus is good for an occasional laugh, but Mr. Woodhouse and Miss Bates are there constantly, wasting incredible amounts of space by contributing nothing to the story. And even when they're in another room, the other characters are talking about them. Stock characters can be okay occasionally, but when you (cough, Austen) take it too far, it really raises my hackles.
|And makes my eyes glow, apparently.|