Today... I'm a reader. LOL. I blame being an avid reader on my deep seated need to write. How many times have you picked up a book... got into it... got disgusted or just couldn't get into it... and chucked the book? It's happened to me a time or two...or a few dozen times. My pet peeves are as follows. I can't stand really stupid characters. The woman who hides in the closet when someone breaks in her back door instead of running out the front. The male lead who crosses lines that are so far out there... there's no coming back from those kind of mistakes and YET... you are suppose to believe anyone could forgive a guy who stole your dog, slept with your sister AND your mom, your best friends, and maybe even your ex boyfriend. LOL.
I love to read all kinds of stories. If it's got a good plot, strong emotional ties or even fun loving... you got me. I read just about everything be it multi partner, m/m, shifters, ghosts, or vampires. You can bring out the whips, chains, or whip cream sundaes... and I will read it. LOL. I admit I'm not into 'Titanic' books. I wanted Jack to live, I wanted them to have hot sex again in a car... on land... and drive away into the sunset together to live happily ever after. LOL. My worst pet peeve though... I found in a book I sat down to read this week. Grrrrr!
I won't name any names and if you're an EC writer... don't get paranoid. It's not you. (Don't glance at each other pondering... was it your's???) LOL. This book is from another publisher. I love this author. I have bought every book they put out. They write a variety of stories involving anything from m/m/f to m/f. I think one of them was a m/m/m/f. I loved every sorted tale. Lately my 'want' list has been a lot longer than my 'did' list when it comes to reading. I'm a mother of 4. My oldest teenager is recently pregnant so I'm going to be a grandma in 7 months. I have 3 other children ages 10-4. School is starting. My first book is coming out Friday (Ral's Woman at ellorascave). I'm pretty busy writing and editing a few other books. (I submitted a second book to Ral's Woman... cross your fingers... shameless plug cuz it's my blog...LOL).
I sat down and started to read this book. I'm into it. I'm reading every line with anticipation. These characters are living, breathing people to me in my mind. They were intense, falling in love, and I'm scrolling my screen happily, eating it all up. Then suddenly about half way through... BOOM! I'm reading and thinking...WTF??? Where did my charaters go??? What happened to the plot??? What did I miss? Which way did it go??? I backtracked, read the pages again thinking I'd missed something. Nope. I sat there shocked, then angry, and I wanted to throw the book. Of course it was an Ebook. I'm not tossing my monitor so instead I did this. I hit DELETE! Yes, I so did that. LOL. I deleted that sucker. I was that mad.
Okay, here's a not so secret thing about deleting something on your computer. On the top left side of my screen I have the recycle bin. There it sat, that book lurking in that clear little icon trashcan. I have glanced up at, sometimes outright stared at it, and I thought a lot of things. This person writes good books. I love some of these books a LOT. I took deep breaths, I gave myself days to evaluate the situation, and I went back. I restored the book and tried again. I wanted to be fair. I thought... this author has something planned. There's a reason! I grabbed hold of that thought with both mental hands. I thought... it's going to be brilliant... just watch. So I read it over, got to that spot, flinched really, really, really hard... and forced myself to read through it and beyond.
What was the problem? I won't give away the plot because I don't want to hurt this author's feelings on the off chance they ever stumble into my part of blogspace. LOL. It was this though in a nutshell. Don't take a loyal, undying type of female lead who refuses to date, sleep with anyone else, because she's fixed on one man she loves.... and then turn her into "insert name here" does "insert city name here". It doesn't work! It angered me. It threw me and worse, the scenes were so uncomfortable for me because who was this person... certainly not the charater I had grown fond on and thought I knew. Nope. This was... someone else, someone I didn't even like anymore... and the scenes weren't hot. I like multi partner scenes but this was uncomfortable and just...eeewwww because it was like taking your mild manored little innocent friend who is the poster child for monogomy... and tossing her in a situation that this friend is majorly going to be messed up afterwards in. The male lead in the space of a few pages went from this possessive, caring, alpha male protective figure that didn't even want her talking to other men... into serving her up to other guys. WTF??? It made no sense. It upset me. It ticked me off. It didn't fit the story. It was like this scene was shoved in the wrong book, made the characters written into strangers, and it was icky.
So there's my biggest pet peeve and the reason for this post. If these characters had been written to be the kind of people who would turn that scene into something hot... YEAH! But to completely change them mid stream into strangers... GRRRRRR. I gave the book another shot, I tried to be fair, I tried to get around the whole uncomfortable 'WTF???' situation these characters found themselves in... but I couldn't. I hit delete again, I went up to recycle bin, and I emptied it for good. No more lurking book hiding under a trashcan icon. It's GONE! Now if only I had that delete key for my brain because it still bugs me that I read one book, ended up with two strangers in the middle, and they were so different that I couldn't even stand them. LOL.
Okay... so what are your pet peeves? What makes you GRRRRRR over books? Am I the only one who gets frustrated enough to toss a book or in Ebook case... delete? LOL. Thanks for reading and letting me rant.