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1 yr ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 9/13/15 - 4:05:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
For me, it's sex scenes.

I'm no prude, but I don't care to hear the details of the protagonist's sex life, just as I don't care to hear how hard he or she had to squeeze to take a dump.

Generally, these scenes add nothing to the story, and they certainly don't arouse me. Just tell me they had sex, if it matters. Dont take me out of the plot to describe a throbbing member.
1 yr ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 9/13/15 - 9:46:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 9/13/15 - 4:05:24 AM DoYouWash wrote:
For me, it's sex scenes. I'm no prude, but I don't care to hear the details of the protagonist's sex life, just as I don't care to hear how hard he or she had to squeeze to take a dump. Generally, these scenes add nothing to the story, and they certainly don't arouse me. Just tell me they had sex, if it matters. Dont take me out of the plot to describe a throbbing member.


Its similar for me. I understand detail helps the imagination, but there is a line where it just gets in the way. I gave up on both Lord of the Ring and Game of Thrones due to what was becoming descriptive waffle.
1 yr ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 9/13/15 - 6:58:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Dream sequence. I hate them unless they're very short.
1 yr ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 9/14/15 - 12:57:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm with DYW and Avant. Sex scenes that add nothing to the plot are annoying. And I, too, gave up on LotR because of the excessive details. Seriously. Ents are tree people. We don't need twenty pages devoted to explaining that.

I also hate when characters are insufferably stupid. Come on, I'm not that dumb, don't patronize me, Mr. Big-Shot Author.
1 yr ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 9/14/15 - 4:35:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 9/13/15 - 9:46:38 AM Avant-garde wrote:
Its similar for me. I understand detail helps the imagination, but there is a line where it just gets in the way. I gave up on both Lord of the Ring and Game of Thrones due to what was becoming descriptive waffle.


See, I think the detail HURTS the imagination. It's boring as well, and it distracts from readers being able to immerse themselves in the story and make it their own. I feel like it is a mistake authors make, trying to force things on readers, when a good book May be different for every reader, based on what they are able to bring into the story.
1 yr ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 9/14/15 - 4:36:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 9/13/15 - 6:58:22 PM Abzurd wrote:
Dream sequence. I hate them unless they're very short.

Even worse then they put them in italics, as if we'd be too dumb to get it otherwise.
1 yr ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 9/14/15 - 6:11:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
Another thing I hate is the "too perfect" protagonist.

I don't like a character that is a gorgeous genius who can do no wrong. Give me some flaws!
1 yr ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 9/29/15 - 1:38:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
First person perspectives with multiple characters who all blend together because the writing style and word choice never varies.
1 yr ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/5/15 - 7:51:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Typos for me. I don't just mean a misspelled word here and there. I'm talking about books FULL of typos. There is a five book series we have and in the one book I couldn't believe how many errors were in it! For one thing, throughout the series, the last name of this one family was Gallagher. But in this one book, it started out that way, and then throughout the rest of the book, it was Galligan. I need to read this whole series again because I actually want to incorporate some of her characters into my own book, especially the twins in that family. I want to make sure I get the name right.
1 yr ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 10/5/15 - 8:34:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^^
this can happen for a couple of reasons.

If the book wasn't written in English, and they changed translators, it might happen. LOTR in French has Bilbon as character, while in The Hobbit, he is called Bilbo.

OR

The book was printed before digital editions were a thing, or worse, before word processing were a thing, and the software that does character recognition fail.
For example, very old books will sometimes have the letter "m" misread as a "n r" or vice-versa.
1 yr ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 10/8/15 - 1:53:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 9/13/15 - 6:58:22 PM Abzurd wrote:
Dream sequence. I hate them unless they're very short.

my favourite book is basically one long sprawling 500 page dream sequence
1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 10/23/15 - 5:55:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
-Whiners
-victims who don't try to save themselves. just die then.
-YA books about a useless individual who is somehow popular.
-sex scenes - (unless is just that type of book)
-the "awe shucks" type character
-overusing words and not using a synonym
-when they say they're going to die in the beginning
-autobiographies. If you are important enough, in 100 years someone will lie about you then. Why rush things?
1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 11/8/15 - 1:16:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
What i'm finding lately is the overuse of prologues and epilogues. They're supposed to set the scene for the book and then comment on it at the end. Not become a first and final chapter of the book.
1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 11/8/15 - 5:20:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
For me it's stuff that is way out of character or way out of context with the setting.

An example that comes to mind is when a reference is made to 'The Wild West' when the story was taking place in 1930s France and didn't involve any Americans...

1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 11/8/15 - 7:50:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 9/14/15 - 4:35:42 AM DoYouWash wrote:
it distracts from readers being able to immerse themselves in the story and make it their own.


dumb
1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 11/9/15 - 5:06:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 10/23/15 - 5:55:03 PM Foxish wrote:
r -overusing words and not using a synonym


I've noticed this happens a lot with certain authors on kindle with the free books...I enjoy the books, and the author, but geez..find a new word to describe things..
1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 11/9/15 - 3:19:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 10/5/15 - 8:34:43 PM Abzurd wrote:
^^^ this can happen for a couple of reasons. If the book wasn't written in English, and they changed translators, it might happen. LOTR in French has Bilbon as character, while in The Hobbit, he is called Bilbo. OR The book was printed before digital editions were a thing, or worse, before word processing were a thing, and the software that does character recognition fail. For example, very old books will sometimes have the letter "m" misread as a "n r" or vice-versa.

Another reason is as a safeguard against copyright infringement. A lot of books include a few deliberate typos to identify their own edition.
1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 11/9/15 - 3:22:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 9/14/15 - 6:11:27 AM DoYouWash wrote:
Another thing I hate is the "too perfect" protagonist. I don't like a character that is a gorgeous genius who can do no wrong. Give me some flaws!

Yeah, that's why I hate James Patterson.
His villains are the same way: supernaturally skilled and evil. Their demise is always pride.
1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 11/9/15 - 3:54:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 9/14/15 - 4:35:42 AM DoYouWash wrote:
it distracts from readers being able to immerse themselves in the story and make it their own.
On Sunday 11/8/15 - 7:50:49 PM amaqdrinker wrote:
dumb

Not really.
1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 11/9/15 - 4:35:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
I am on the side of 'less is more' when it comes to details...
1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 11/9/15 - 4:42:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
It depends on the medium for me, a lot of the time
Obviously we're discussing books, and I'm good with less is more there
Same with music
Movies and TV shows, it depends on the world I'm supposed to be immersed in
For instance, Game of Thrones
The graphic scenes don't bother me at all
In fact, I feel they add to the storyline quite well
But say... something like, oh idk... Big Bang Theory? I will never ever ever want or need anything sexual depicted on my screen during that show whatsoever
1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 11/9/15 - 7:22:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 11/9/15 - 4:35:19 PM CowDung wrote:
I am on the side of 'less is more' when it comes to details...

Me too. what bugs me is the constant adjustment I need to make with my mental images when someone over describes something. It kills the immersion.
1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 11/10/15 - 5:57:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 10/23/15 - 5:55:03 PM Foxish wrote:
r -overusing words and not using a synonym
On Monday 11/9/15 - 5:06:57 AM Sammy wrote:
I've noticed this happens a lot with certain authors on kindle with the free books...I enjoy the books, and the author, but geez..find a new word to describe things..

For sure! The absolute WORST offender is Stephanie Meyer and her overuse of the word 'murmur'. I am SO GLAD my second daughter thinks Twilight is awful.
1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 11/12/15 - 5:37:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Metafiction.

F**k you, Stephen King. You know what you did.
1 yr ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 11/13/15 - 12:22:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 11/12/15 - 5:37:46 PM Guilty_Spark wrote:
Metafiction. F**k you, Stephen King. You know what you did.

hmm. I'm confused. Metafiction is quite broad, do you have something specific in mind?

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