Thursday, October 25, 2012

Feature and Follow (17)

FF 2012 Feature & Follow #106 
My first weekend off in a long time, whoohoo! Plus, I just had dinner with Antony John and Fiona Paul, so still riding high from that. Great food and wonderful conversation about YA books!

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

Here are the rules to the blog hop!
To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  • (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
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  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
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  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
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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 geez, where do I even start! I could just direct you to my Curmudgeon's Corner!

1) POV is really huge for me. I hate multiple points of view for the most part. I maybe can tolerate two different points of view, but there has to be a good reason for having two.

2) Not enough world building (just giving vague suggestions to why there is a dystopian world). Article 5. Nuff Said.

3) Too much world building. We don't want the whole book to be build up just to get to a sequel. Why would we want to read it?

4) An evil character that is evil just to propel the plot. Three dimensional villains are so sexy.

5) Trilogies that exist just to make more money.

OK maybe some of these don't actually count as "writing devices" but you get the point :-)

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  1. Multiple POVs tend to get so irritating at times!

    Old follwer. My FF

  2. Too many pov's can be annoying! Especially when you have no cues to who's speaking.

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

  3. I love multiple pov!

    follower GFC!

  4. Totally agree. I can't stand world building that isn't done well, in either direction. And I love when "evil" characters have dimension to them. It makes the character more real. Great points. Thanks for stopping by. Following you back via GFC!

  5. I agree with you when it comes to POV's I also don't like it when a trilogy is dragged on when it all could have been out in a book!

    NEw follower via GFC :)

    My FF Post :)

  6. Definitely agree! Too many POVs also bother me.

    New follow via GFC.
    Alise - My FF Post

  7. Yep, I agree with there being way too many trilogies in the YA world.
    Old follower
    My post - F&F: Lit Tropes
    Addie @ READioactive Book Blog

  8. Hi!
    Thanks for following my blog, I'm following you now via GFC :)
    I agree with a lot of your answers. Especially poor world-building. Dystopian's can be tricky with that.

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  10. Good points! Especially #4...a flat villain is such a loss of potential.

    Thanks for stopping by The Feather and the Rose. Old follower. :)

  11. I definitely agree with a lot of these! Thanks for stopping by, following back!!!

  12. Evil characters definitely need enough dimensions, otherwise it's just freaking lazy, good points!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm following back :D

    -Anya @

  13. Excellent points, as always. I'll do my best to avoid all of them in future!

    Still riding high from dinner with you too :)

  14. I totally agree with you. Too much introduction into the world is bleeping annoying. Like okay...why would I read the next one when I thought the first one sucked? Great points and thank you for commenting 8)

  15. I usually prefer only one POV as well- adds mystery to the book! Thanks for stopping by my FF (old GFC follower)!
    My FF
    ~Caitlin :)

  16. Good answer, Christina!
    Old follower, so followed via Linky!
    Thanks for stopping by my FF'S for this week
    Book Me! and Carmen
    Happy Friday! =D

  17. All great & valid points! Nice answer. Numbers 2,3 & 4 especially, I wish I thought of putting them on my list as well lol Anyways, thanks for sharing and for stopping by my FFF

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  18. Agree with every single one, especially the world building it has to be just the right amount. Great Answer!

    Old Follower

    Kaina @ These Flying Pages

  19. You have some really good points here! I hate 1-D villains in both books and movies-- love it when authors actually decide to move beyond villain-cliches. There are so many trilogies coming out nowadays where the second book is just a pointless filler, or more books are written after the third book to make more money (I'm looking at you, Cassandra Clare!)

    New follower following you back. :)

    Kat @ A Myriad of Books

  20. Multiple POV = Exhausting. Why would I put myself through that?
    New Follower!
    Thanks for stopping by My FF