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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.
I am such a picky bitch sometimes haha so I have quite a few of these.
1. POV - I absolutely hate when author's switch back and forth from a dozen different points of view. It's like wow, pick one and stay with it because you're confusing the hell out of me. I also dislike when there no apparent transition it just stops abruptly and then you're somewhere else with someone else. If you want to write in first person, which personally I'm not crazy about since only a few author's can do that well, then stick with it and don't try to swap POV's it gets confusing and it makes people not want to read your book.
2. Pop Culture References - For some reason it bugs me how almost every YA book references Twilight. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the series a lot, I've even re-read it once or twice, but I am not big on pop-culture references. Some are cute and some author's pull it off really well, but a lot of them are hit or miss.
3. Love Triangles - Hear me out on this. When you start off with a triangle or two guys interested in a girl that's fine. I get that. Like in Twilight or Death and the Girl Next Door, or Ember. But when you spend an entire book or two developing a relationship and then in the second or third book bring in a new guy and all of a sudden have the main character love him that is such a turn off. I'm sorry book or not I cannot believe after confessions of dying love and saving someone's life that you can just fall in love with someone else. Yes I'm talking about the Pandemonium Series. I was so annoyed when she all but forgot about Alex and fell in love with the new kid who's name I can't remember. Love Triangles can not take the place of plot people. Come of with a better plot device to give a couple problems.
I'm going to stop at three before I loo super mean or something. What about you guys? What are some plot devices that drive you nuts?