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The question this week is:
Is there anything that drives you bonkers when you’re reading a book and it makes you want to tell the author a thing or two? (submitted by C. Lee @ cleemckenziebooks)
It has been a hot minute since I participated in this, wow. I keep meaning to do it, and then I forget Anyway…
I keep writing and deleting, because my mind keeps going back to the way a lot of men write women in their books, but I don’t feel up to citing examples and the like right now.
So, I’m going with something that doesn’t just happen in books, but always drives me nuts. I don’t know what to call this, so I’ll just try to explain as briefly as possible.
There are characters who are close. One of them has something slanderous said about them. Their friend believes it, and doesn’t even take the time to actually ask for the slandered person’s side of things. Drama, for the sake of drama, basically. I can’t stand it.
I hate drama that exists for no good reason, period. It’s why I never liked soap operas, and I think why I steered away from a lot of contemporary books for so long, because every one I picked up had things in it like that. Drama because lives are in danger, or whatever? Fine. But drama because of gossip or whatever? Pass.
An example: In the second Harry Potter book, Hagrid is accused of something. Harry and co. just…believe it. They know Hagrid, and yet, they believe that he was responsible for this bad thing, and didn’t really try to get his side of things. It wasn’t until Ron and Harry encountered Aragog that they actually believed Hagrid wasn’t responsible.
I’m sure I could come up with other examples (and plenty of them), but that’s the freshest in my mind because I just re-read the book 😛
As for wanting to tell the author a thing or two…eh, that rarely happens for me. It’s their book, and they can write whatever. We all like different things in books, and that’s fine.
This is probably why I never read the Gossip Girl books, and gave up on the Pretty Little Liars books. The constant drama, drama, drama just annoys me.
This is probably my Slytherin showing, but I value loyalty. A lot. Not blind loyalty, of course, but friendship and found families are extremely important to me, and I can’t imagine taking someone else’s word (especially a stranger’s) over a close friend’s.