Pet peeves. We all have them. Those little things about our favourite pastime that irk us to no end. They come in many shapes and forms and we all deal with them differently, but there aren’t many things worse than when you’re enjoying a book or series and your bookish pet peeve makes a bold entrance.
Here are 4 of my top pet peeves:
I mean, is this any surprise? Let me be clear. There are in fact times that I don’t mind a little love triangle because in reality, I do think that you meet people who could be right for you and various times in your life so I do believe you can be torn. What I don’t enjoy is the Dawson-Joey-Pacey bullshit that seems to populate many, many, YA books over the last few years. Throw some instalove shade in the mix and you best hope the story is well written because that book is probably going to be very well acquainted with my floor otherwise.
Ugh. When I say “final chapter”, I don’t mean the literal last chapter in a book but rather the final book in a series. Too often I fall in love with a series, the characters and the world in which they exist only to be left hanging when the final book is released. Sometimes it seems like the author has run out of ideas, sometimes the story seems rushed because they have too many ideas, but all too often they seem to just straight up suck. There are exceptions of course, but it’s the whole “fool me once” thing. Nothing wrong with a duology team, just saying.
Worst ending: The Death Cure by James Dashner
Favourite ending: A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab (still finishing this but expect a rave review)
Is this a pet peeve of yours? Let me know what is your least favourite ending
I’ve never understood why in some books, so many characters have similar sounding names. Not only can it be super confusing in terms of basic narrative structure, but I once found myself rooting for a murderer because I straight up thought he was the victim: Stephan and Stefan. I mean, there isn’t much difference in that at all!
This doesn’t confuse me more than when I’m reading some Russian literature. The first time I read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, I remember trying to keep track of all the characters because the majority of them ended in sky. Mission and a half.
Anyone else have this issue?
I mean on one hand I get it, but myself and my bookshelf are mad as hell when it happens. Sometimes, if I love a series and the covers get better, I can hear my credit card crying because it knows I’m going to have to update the whole series. It probably isn’t a major pet peeve, but it definitely frustrates me when I go to pick up the next book in a series and the no longer look the same.
Doesn’t anybody care about the aesthetics of my shelves?
So there you go, my pet peeves. Leave a comment letting me know some of yours so we can all share in our bookish pet peeve rage.