Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Irks and Pains



Too Many Clichés and Non-Original Stories

I'm glad we have moved on from the Mary-Sue Syndrome that infected YA. Girls are just as brave as boys and can handle life without running to hide in a corner.

Also, when you read a lot of books per month, originality is always a plus. 

Open Endings 

An open ending to me is a clear sign of a lazy author who wrote too long without a plan. Enough said! I will always remember throwing Ira Levin's book out the window (I have a backyard so no one got hurt) when it turned out that the whole series had been a dream

No Character Growth

An immature voice through the entire book, or simply, a dude who doesn't value his relationship and shows up at the end of the book to save the day. Didn't see that one coming!

Lengthy Sequels

You all know what I'm talking about. Those never ending, characters get lost on the way to the fight of their lives and nothing really happens. Terrible formula for a trilogy. 


  1. Haha, I love your gifs! :D They're so true (sadly). I really don't like these!

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  2. Awh, man. Now I'm laughing, and it hurts with a chest infection. "An immature voice through the entire book" Yup. That is the one thing that annoys the hell out of me.

  3. Oh your last one! I like a good sequel - continuing a story with characters I enjoy - but man, something has to happen! Ugh, I hate that.

  4. Hahaha!! Love the comic strips!! Too funny and too true!

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  5. I love your "open endings" description! Although throwing a book out of the window sounds a little excessive, I feel your pain of finding out the whole book was a dream. What a letdown. Open endings are just a way for authors to be lazy and not conclude their writing in a satisfying way.

  6. gawd i hate cliches as well! there really are too few new things to come to books.

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  7. ohmygod i love the cartoon strips!!! :)
    YES. Cliches for sure!! and the series that goes on and on and on.. great list!! :)

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  8. Love the pics. Agree with all of them, but the lengthy sequels really gets me.
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  9. Agree with all of these especially the no character growth. The comic strips are hilarious...and I have so been there with the lengthy sequels one. Yet I keep coming back for more...

  10. Loved those comics, especially the last one. Felt that way many times.