Let me just put this out there: I love to read. It’s my absolute favourite thing to do, hands down. I think we can all agree that reading and books are pretty darn awesome… but there are some readerly things that annoy me to no end and pretty much make me want to throw the book across the room if I ever encounter it. :P (Disclaimer: this post may or may not just be a very large rant. You have been warned.)
Insta-love. I’m going to be Miss Unpopular Opinion here and say that I really, really didn’t like The Fifth Wave, mostly because two of the main characters fell in love pretty much at first sight. (Plus, they were enemies. And this was in a world where basically anybody could have been – and was – the enemy.) I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love romance as much as the next girl – but I want character development! I want a slow build! I want to squeal and dance around the room when they finally kiss! I don’t want hey-you’re-the-only-other-person-who-exists-on-this-planet-and-you’re-somewhat-attractive-let’s-make-out!
Movies. Okay, so maybe that’s just a little too vague. ;) I don’t hate all movies based on books – in fact, quite a few of them are amazing (*cough* LORD OF THE RINGS *cough*) – but it irks me when casting choices are all wrong, or the screenwriters take out my favourite quotes, or the special effects suck. When I’m reading, I basically get to build the world and the characters and everything in my head, the way I want it to be. But if movies come along and they’re totally different from what I had envisioned, it kind of ruins the reading experience – I’m picturing the details in the movie instead of those in the story that I had created within the book.
New covers in the middle of a series. This could be the perfectionist in me talking, but I absolutely hate it when there are two lovely covers in a trilogy, and then bam, the third book suddenly switches to a totally different cover design. (I’m using a trilogy for this example, but it’s really series in general!) I mean, if you’re going to do a series, at least tie it all together somehow! A prime example of this: the Across the Universe series. The first two books - Across the Universe and A Million Suns - had beautiful covers. The third, Shades of Earth, just completely turned it around – the design totally clashes with the first two books.
Editing/formatting errors. I’ll admit, I mostly find this in indie books – there’s an amazing plotline and loveable characters. The author’s voice is quirky and unique, you’re really getting into it, and everything’s wonderful and chipper… and then you start noticing the typos. To instead of too. Ehr instead of her. Misplaced modifiers. Dangling participles. There is nothing that will turn me off a book more than noticing typos, editing mistakes or – worse still! – formatting errors in eBooks. I mean, you can be the next John Green for all I care. If your book’s editing or formatting sucks, 10 to 1 I’m going to put it down in search of a new one.