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Today's question is:
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 know, love, understand and respect the fact that each writer has his/her own unique style of writing and I like to explore them all.
However the two things that seem to irritate me while reading are:
Multiple Points Of Views: Especially in the same chapter and without the mention of the character from whose POV we are reading.
Elaborated description of the place: If it is a Fantasy novel, it is necessary to describe the place. But in Contemporary novels, I want to know what is happening rather than where it is happening.
What irritates you when reading a book?
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I agree about the multiple POVs obviously but also about the elaborated description of the place if it's a contemporary novel. So true!ReplyDelete
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Hopping through! Happy Friday :D and great answer, thanks for sharing ;)ReplyDelete
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Sarika, great answers! I don't mind PoV swaps as long as they are at either a scene or a chapter break. But I too get really irritated when they are too frequent or from paragraph to paragraph.ReplyDelete
Exactly! Frequent change in POVs does get irritating. Thanks for stopping by, Kelly! :)Delete
Totally agree on the instances of multiple pov's. It has to be done right, like with every other chapter or at least the character's name heading the page so we know who's speaking. I hate playing the guessing game!ReplyDelete
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Totally agree! I just can't understand whose POV it is unless it is mentioned so. Thanks for stopping by, Jessica! :)Delete
I agree that multiple points of views in the same chapter can get muddled. thanks for stopping by today! have a great weekend.ReplyDelete
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I hate when there are so many POV's tha the story gets confusing!ReplyDelete
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Hi! Thanks for stopping by YA Society. I am your 200th follower!! *cheers* I also agree with a crazy long description of the setting. I find myself scanning over it to get to the action.ReplyDelete
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Oh I agree!! Elaborate explanations make me want to skip pages which I HATE doing. "The curtain was made of gossamer silk and glimmered with different colors when the light struck at different angles, the feel of the silk was like water and when it moved.. it was like angels whispering....blah di blah" (I just made than up)ReplyDelete
But yeah, lol, I agree with you
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See, that's exactly what I'm trying to say, Aditi! Hahaha! I loved what you made up though, sounds really professional. ;) Thanks for stopping by!Delete
I agree about both of them! If there are too many POVs I get confused, especially if the author uses the same writing style for both. The worldbuilding is really important in fantasy novels but sometimes if there are too many details, I get bored and skip pages. Old follower!ReplyDelete
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Thanks for stopping by, Daphne! I know, I get so tempted to skip pages, but I feel so bad to do that, so I just go through it WITHOUT bothering to understand what's actually going on. ;)Delete
I'm okay with multiple povs when it's done well. Like anything by Simone Elkeless or My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Piccoult.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by, Beth! I love Simone Elkeles too, but from what I've read until now, she uses only the main male and female POVs, which is totally cool! But when there's too many POVs, that's when it gets irritating. ;)Delete
multiple POVs can be tricky and doesn't always work. I see your point. Good answer.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by, Shane! Good to know you agree with me. :)Delete
Definitely the unnecessary explanations and descriptions !! New follower, friend of Janhvi's :) -MReplyDelete
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Ah,I'm so glad you stopped by M!:) Thanks for following! Your blog is just as awesome and I SO did not know we had a poet in our midst :)Delete
Ah I liked to keep things like that a wee bit personal.. Poems/prose for me is actually a recent thing :) On your blog to make a list of "TO-READS" :D -MDelete
Good answer, the multiple POV mostly just kills my desire to read! ;)ReplyDelete
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Aww, that's so sweet of you to have followed us via a new method! Thank you for stopping by, Carmen and good to know you agree with me. ;)Delete
"If it is a Fantasy novel, it is necessary to describe the place. But in Contemporary novels, I want to know what is happening rather than where it is happening. " AMEN! I couldn't agree more.ReplyDelete
About multiple POVs mostly I wouldn't mind but only if they were written nicely. :)
Aww! Thank you so much, Tanja, for agreeing with me and quoting me. ;) Thanks for stopping by!Delete
I hate those sudden POV changes. I would very much appreciate it if the author just put the POV in a different chapter, even if it's short. It makes things much less confusing and I don't have to guess which POV is it on every paragraph.ReplyDelete
Exactly! I totally agree with you, Sydney! I like it when the chapters start with a new POV, but not the paragraphs! Thanks for stopping by! :)Delete
I'm not a fan of multiple POVs either!ReplyDelete
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I enjoy POV's mainly from the main female and male of the book. If it starts getting into more then that then it can be annoying and to over done. The only exception I have found to this is the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. There are at least 4 different POV's in that series, yet it never once irritated me. And overly describing a place can really be annoying as well. Great answer.ReplyDelete
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I agree with you, Cassie! Maggie Stiefvater did a brilliant job with putting forth 4 POVs and it was really great reading it. I love The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy! Thanks for stopping by! :)Delete