In which I blog about writing, YA fiction and the occasional sparkly unicorn.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday

Feature and Follow is a fun blog hop hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. It's really easy to participate, and it's a great way to meet new blog friends! Go check it out here. This week they're featuring two lovely blogs: Carmen Jenner and The YA Bookworm Blogger. Go follow them!

This week's Question: 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.

In my review of Blackwood I mention how I hate insta-love (thankfully that book was mercifully free of it). And I have come to a conclusion: It's not necessarily fast-moving relationships that bother me; it's when the love story is presented as the Truest Love That Ever Was. No one else comes close, these two characters are freaking Romeo and Juliet reborn, that's how magnificent their love is.

Gag me.

I think the problem is it's often used as an excuse to not write a real relationship. It's like the author thinks that if they tell me this is Deep Love, I'll believe it, and they won't need to spend the time developing a believable connection between the characters. But that plan always backfires. It makes me want to release a rabid ninja unicorn who will then stomp on the supposed True Love with its magic hooves until the True Love disappears and stops making me mad. Okay, rant is over.

So what's your FF? What annoys you in a book? Tell me in the comments so I can follow all of you totally awesome people! (Way to sound like a stalker, Hannah...)



  1. Agreed! Insta-love was a popular pick this week, but that's because it's SO freakin' annoying. I totally feel ya! New follower here via GFC. My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! :D

    1. Haha, insta-love is the bane of authorly existence! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. I agree about the "Truest Love Ever" thing, irritates me.

    New follower! My follow friday! Please visit!

    Just noticed your NanoWriMo button! I'm going to do it too! Happy writing (it's almost time!)

    1. Nano is less than a week away! And, as usual, I still have no plot. Commence freak-out.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  3. It's mostly the issue, Insta-love..
    I hate it too!
    New Follower:)
    Check out MY FF

    1. Yes! Kill the insta-love! I'll never understand why people insist on using it, lol.

      Thanks for the follow!

  4. My answer was confusing POV shifts... =)

    New follower, by the way~!

    1. That's a good one! Nothing is more annoying than not knowing which character's head you're in.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Haha!! Nice one...rabid ninja unicorn, I love it!!

    Here's My FF!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
    New Follower :)