Pet peeves in books - what are yours?
A few books I've read lately have caused me to think about this. Some things drive me crazy in books. I'm not talking about themes or tropes here, or characters traits I may or may not like. I'm talking about something that takes me completely out of the story for a moment; makes me say, "WTF?" or whatever. Then after a moment, I can continue reading.
I've mentioned several times that I'm a pretty forgiving reader. Most of the things below don't ruin a book for me, unless they are done consistently throughout. Otherwise, they make me pause, take me out of the story (and not in a good way), and just make me say WTF.
Here are some examples of mine:
Men in their late 30's or 40s that can have sex For. Ever. And Ever. And Over. And Over. Sorry, but unless you're mainlining Viagra, that's just not happening. Male recovery time is the perfect time for pillow talk. Just sayin'. (I will add a sour grapes note that this didn't bother me until my late 30s. Heh.)
The info dump. If you give me too much backstory in one fell swoop, I forget what the story I'm actually reading is about.
Stupid-ass pet names. It's unrealistic to use them all the time in normal, everyday conversation. Prime example: Jacob by Jacqueline Frank. I loved the book, but after about Jacob called Isabella "Little Flower" about ten times, I started drifting. Feel free to use a pet name, authors. My hubby and I have one for each other. But please don't use it ALL the time!
Oh, and while we're talking about pet names...
The over-use of "darling" as a love name in a contemporary romance. I always wonder every time I read it in a contemp. It's sure to pull me out of the story. People just don't call each other that anymore. Find something more current. Use honey, sweetie, babe, love - whatever. But I've never once heard anyone my age called "darling." I've never been called darling. None of my friends have ever been called darling. Sometimes I let "darlin'" go if I'm reading a western. But don't overuse it. It just makes your cowboy sound chauvinistic and dumb. So cut it out with the "darling"s. Unless you're Roarke.
Shoving accents in my face. Ugh. Case in point: From Friends to Forever. Please use some subtlety.
Poor grammar. And here, I'm talking about a book laden with incorrect usage, including copious incorrect spellings (usually homophones), over-use of commas (especially when independent clauses are joined with commas), semi-colons, etc. I especially hate incorrect posessives. Plurals do not use an apostrophe. Puh-leeze! Once or twice is not a problem, but a really badly copy-edited book throws me for a loop. In the spirit of full disclosure, the incorrect use of apostrophes in plurals didn't bother me much until I began getting fliers from the elementary school that did this. A true WTF.
Oh, and this is my blog. So if I have poor grammar on occasion, it doesn't matter. I don't worry about it for blogposts - mine or yours, but a published book is different, IMHO.
What about you? Anything that really pulls you out of a book while you're reading it?