So, to continue my little jaunt into a bit of a theme, today and most other Wednesdays, are going to be What the? Wednesdays. Why?
Sometimes you just need to vent. Get that one particular thing off your chest. Or in my case, try not to soapbox. I promise not to get preachy (if at all possible) and to keep away from super hot-button issues.
Topic of today?
That one thing that really drives you bonkers about a book. We all have those little thigns that drive us nuts. It can be a fabulous book, moving along fine, and the WHAM! Something comes out of left field.
I'm talking about the vampire whose sense of smell is fine until the one moment he NEEDS to be able to scent his mate. Or when an author cross pollinates species, ie a vampire who tracks like a wolf. I have no issue with making a hybrid, but SAY SO. If I have to middle through the book to figure out what the heck the hero IS, then I'm more likely to walk away from the book dissatisfied.
Another thing that drives me up the wall would be a pov switch mid sentence. Now, you have to rememeber, when I started writing, I didn't know pov switches were bad. I thought it was kinda cool to know what both sides were thinking at all times. And silly me, I could keep them straight. Why? Cuz I wrote it. I knew what would happen next. But I happened to be reading this book that started out well. I was pulled in by the blurb and couldn't wait to get going. Not even a 1/4 of the way in and the pov switches began. In this case, it was really hard to figure out WHO was feeling turned on and who was having second thoughts. I finished the book, but will think twice before snapping up one by this author.
What are your issues? You know, the ones that make you pause in a book and go "What the?" I'd love to hear them.