Thursday, October 25, 2012

Follow Friday--Annoyed Reading

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Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.



Oh this is not a good question for an author. As someone that edits and gets edited constantly, I could go on for pages and pages about things that irritate me when reading a book. (Don't worry. I won't.)

1) I hate it when an author changes POV in the middle of a scene. Yes, it happens more than you know and I've read plenty of books published by big publishers that do this.

2) I don't like generic modifiers that are over-used: very, pretty, really, etc.

3) I have this pet peeve about "seemed." It should ONLY be used when the POV character isn't sure about something. As in, "he seemed sad." They don't have to state that they're unsure, but the idea is that the POV character isn't positive about what they're observing. Seemed is SO overused by newbie authors. It can be cut 90% of the time. 

Okay, I'll stop there...and put different stuff on my other blog
Happy Friday, Everyone! :D

36 comments :

  1. The changing p.o.v. is annoying for the reader. I can understand it needing to happen, but in the middle of a scene should be the biggest no-no. Unless that's going to be the end of a chapter or something and the next chapter picks up with the other character. I like it better when there are indicators of narrator changes, like new chapters being a new character narrating or returning one, such as two characters going back and forth.

    Or the ever easier name at the top of a new paragraph to tell you it's a new narrator. I don't like guessing game versions.

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  2. I agree with the POV, I have read very few books that can pull something like that off. Most times it takes me a minute to figure out what is happening. It does ruin the flow. Great picks. Have a great Friday!

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  3. Old follower here. :) It seems like those are some good answers. (Yes, I did that on purpose. I'm horrible like that.)

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  4. I don't mind POV switches in the middle if it is clear and it adds value. I don't come across it often but I just noted in a recent book review that I liked how it was done.

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  5. A lot of people are going for the switching POVs this week! =)
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    Rinn (My FF)

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  6. Yeah, I hate switching POVs too, I've read publisher published books do that. It's weird that they seem to think that this is okay. But I am sure plenty of readers have something to say about that.

    Didn't notice about the whole "seem" thing though... It does get used lots of times though, so I just read through without thinking too much, but it's not good writing to use it that often. I get where you're coming from! :)

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  7. Pages and pages of description drives me nuts.

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    1. Yeah that's a good one. More than a paragraph and my brain just goes to sleep. Thanks for stopping by, Alex! :D

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  8. I agree about using the word seemed.

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  9. I was going to say the exact same thing... POVs especially on some digital ARCs. It gets really annoying. I totally agree.

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  10. LOL Those are all really good points! Totally agree!
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  11. Hi!
    I agree, I like the POV to be consistent. And 2 is more then enough in one book. I don't think I could get in to multiple POVs in one book.
    Thanks for the follow, I'm following you back now :)

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  12. All excellent points! (I've seen the POV switch issue elsewhere today--I'm going to check to make sure I don't have any particularly obnoxious switches in my WiP!)

    Old follower.

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    1. LOL. These kinds of things kind of freak you out as an author, don't they? I actually don't even mind multiple POVs, just like I said, in the middle of a scene. Good luck on your WIP and thanks for stopping by! Happy Friday! :D

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  13. Fantastic answers! I agree.
    Thanks for stopping by my FF. I'm an old follower

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  14. This is a great list! #2 irks me too esp when they go on and on. LOL.

    Insta-love bugs me too. I prefer a slower development of friends first.

    Multiple POVs don't really bug me. A Song of Ice and Fire has several POV characters and it just adds more to the story.

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    1. I don't actually mind multiple POVs--love them actually--I just hate it when they change mid-scene. It makes it confusing to know who's speaking. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Friday!

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  15. New GR follower! Old Twitter follower? I apparently get confused about what method I want to follower with, ahah! I completely agree about the switching POV mid-scene with NO indication that they did so, it's so weird and causes the reader to get confused and pulled out of the story. That is bad! Authors shouldn't want that, so why do they do it?? I'm so confused ;-).

    In any case, great points and thanks for stopping by! Happy Friday :D

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  16. Great answer. I'm now getting into writing and releasing stories so that answer is most helpful. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Totally Agree!!

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  18. New follower (following back)

    I don't mind POV changes as long as it doesn't distract me from the story.

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  19. Changing POV can be annoying...I haven't noticed it in the middle of a chapter, though. My daughter and I both read James Patterson's 'Witch and Wizard' series, and each chapter was told from the POV of the brother or sister. Sometimes it didn't change every chapter. I would have to flip back to the beginning of the chapter many times to remember who was talking. That was annoying. It did not bother me at all in Maggie Stiefvater's 'Shiver,' however.

    There seems to be certain words that are over-used in YA fiction particularly. If I see that a character has a muscle that "feathers" in their jaw one more time, I am going to lose it. And, though some authors are more adept at this than others, turning words into verbs can be either extremely visual and vivid or stupid. There doesn't seem to be any in-between on that one. I can't think of a good example right now, unfortunately.

    Great post! Thanks for visiting me at my link. I don't see my link on the Linky list, so I will leave it here: http://inkandpage.me/feature-and-follow-friday-10-26-2012/. My blog can be followed there and Twitter, etc., as well! Thank you!

    Audrey @ Ink and Page

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  20. The changing of POV during the middle of a scene bugs the bejesus out if me, it feels like I was interrupted or something xD Great answer! And thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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