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1. Love-at-first-sight: This is all over the place in YA romance -- especially paranormal romance. It's just not realistic, and it eliminates the entire journey of attraction, which is what makes a fictional love story compelling! If I hear one more heroine swoonily think, "I felt a mysterious, overwhelming bond with this unnamed boy, so clearly we are soulmates," my head will explode.
2. Neat and tidy endings: I know we like closure, but it's just so predictable! You know the author can't kill off Swoony Love Interest, so there's no tension when he's put in mortal peril. Don't take this the wrong way, because I'm not totally morbid, but I would love it if an author actually killed off a love interest. It would be so unexpected and unique that I would NEVER forget that book. I feel like I'm losing the ability to be surprised -- I need some curve balls!
3. Catty it-girls: Why is there always at least one witchy alpha female in every high school novel? This could fall more generally under the heading of "Annoying Stereotypes," but this one in particular really gets to me. I was pretty well-adjusted, and I can't remember any snotty Queen Bees at my high school. Yet there's always some cookie-cutter blond strutting the hallways of fictional high schools like she's on the runway in Milan. In the same vein, it seems like YA heroines rarely have real, healthy girl friendships. It's all about the guy. Sure, there are exceptions -- Lily and Scout in Firespell are the first that come to mind -- but this is a case where exceptions kind of prove the rule.
4. Love triangles: There's not much to say here. I'm over it. Love triangles cheapen the experience of "first love." Honestly, how many of us found ourselves torn between two smokin' hot guys our first time out into the dating ocean? Exactly. Plus, it's always so obvious who the girl's going to end up with. I'd be totally up for a love triangle if the author made the underdog come out on top. Have you noticed a theme here -- I just want to be surprised!
5. Cheesy, over-the-top, too-perfect romantic lines: I don't want to roll my eyes every time the hero opens his mouth. Honestly, how boring.
6. Cliffhangers: I feel like I'm being used when a book cuts off in the middle so I just HAVE to come back for book two. If the first book is GOOD, I will come back for another round even if I'm not left hanging off a cliff! How many cliffhangers were in Harry Potter? Exactly. Repeat after me: "What Would J.K Rowling Do?"
7. Overly wordy writing: It distracts from the story. I shouldn't have to re-read the same sentence 20 times to figure out what the author means -- it just disrupts the flow of the narrative. The writing should be a vehicle, not an obstacle or a separate entity. Sure, we love beautiful, poetic writing -- but it packs a bigger punch if it's lightly scattered throughout the novel instead of whopping the reader over the head on every page.
8. Scribbling in books: Nooo! Don't desecrate The Precious! It's so distracting if I'm trying to read a library book and someone has scribbled their inane notes in the margins. I also find footnotes and movie captions distracting, though, so maybe it's just me.
9. When someone spoils the ending of a novel: Why would they do that? Are they just a mean person?
10. Damsels-in-distress: Girls need heroines who are role models, not whiny weaklings who reinforce the stereotypes we've been struggling against for millennia. Thank God for Katniss and Katsa.
11. Book-to-film adaptations: Why? WHY? Just read the book! I don't think there is a single instance of the movie being better. Adaptations just cater to the lazy and tell kids "it's okay not to read because the movie will be out in a month or two!" I'd rather see Hollywood have an original idea, for a change.
That was more than 10, but I'm OCD when it comes to all things bookish.
What are your biggest bookish pet peeves?