It is time once again for Feature and Follow Friday. Hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkie's View, this awesome meme is designed to help us like-minded bloggers connect and talk about our favourite things--books and reading! This week's all-important question is:
Q: What is a deal breaker for you in a book? For example, do you abhor love triangles? Or can't deal with bad editing?
Hmm. Bad editing definitely annoys me, but if it's a great plot I'm willing to overlook it. A well-written love triangle can be a good thing, but I dislike it when the author includes one when that particular subplot isn't necessary. (I always felt the love triangle in The Hunger Games was a little unnecessary, for example. Come on, honestly what did Gale even bring to the plot, except to prove how bitter and twisted some people can be. And he had sixteen years to develop a relationship with Katniss.) Anyway, to actually answer the question, one thing that gets under my skin is any kind of sex, violence or swearing that is done for shock value and doesn't contribute greatly to the plot. The Casual Vacancy is one example of this, where the same point could have been made with much of the swearing omitted.