Booking Through Thursday: Pet Peeves

Bookish Sarah asks:

What are your literary “pet peeves”?

Bad editing is my number one pet peeve! I hate when I discover glaring mistakes that were missed by copy editors. For example, in my current read, Style, Sex, and Substance, I spotted a dropped “is” and another typo in the editor’s chapter. Yikes. I don’t blame Hallie, I blame OSV’s copy editor. I know humans make mistakes, but that’s why it’s a pet peeve and not a genuinely founded concern.

Other than that, I dislike when stories seem rushed toward the end or just fail. (Mockingjay, I’m looking at you.) Once I’ve read the whole book and gotten invested in the characters, I need a good strong finish. I hate it when books leave my hanging. Harry Potter avoided cliffhangers in a story everyone knew wasn’t over. graceful writing takes time and skill, but it’s so worth it.



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I don’t really mind cliffhangers, but I hate when I invest a lot of time into a series and then the ending is just awful. I completely agree with you about Mockingjay!!

I’m with you on the bad editing. With all the tools available today there are so many things that can be avoided. My BTT:
http://wcs53.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/booking-through-thursday-pet-peeves-april-19/

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