Find more about T5W here! This week is the first Christmassy (ish) topic!!!! It’s Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About. Sam said “petty bookish things you hate” which is perfect because petty is my middle name.
Hanging quotations or brackets
This one physically pains me. It is my biggest pet peeve in writing. I can’t even do an example because it would pain me, but y’all know what I’m talking about. Like when there are no close brackets or close quotation marks. UGH I hate it, mainly because a copy editor should have caught it.
The manic-pixie-dream girl
This is more of a trope, but it’s a trope I’ve always hated. Generally she’s the embodiment of internalized mysogyny and is “not like other girls.” Think Zooey Deschanel’s characters in most things (nothing against her as a person or an actress, but she does portray this trope all. the. time).
When characters never go to the bathroom
Okay weirdly specific one, but this is one thing I like about the CHERUB series. They say when they have to pee and it makes things more relatable? Like sometimes in books, the characters will be doing something for hours, or be locked up somewhere for hours, and no one mentions needing a bathroom? Unrealistic.
I’m a fan of simple covers and I’m not a fan of busy covers. There are some that I know others love that I can’t stand. I’m also just a really picky person when it comes to aesthetics so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
When characters are described in too much detail
When I was younger (like 12) and writing “my first novel,” I described every character and setting in excruciating detail (my brother was worse though — he once described a bedroom exactly, including the number of cabinets present in the kitchenette). When I read too detailed characterizations now, it seems childish. Obviously I don’t like no detail, but describing a person exactly is too much. Just tell me their overall impression, maybe their ethnicity or hair colour, and anything that is relevant and comes up later. That’s all you need.
That ended up being a bit more ranty, but those are the petty things I dislike in books! Do you agree with any of these? Are there any others?
Thanks for reading! xx