I don’t think I really understand this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. This week, the ladies at Broke and Bookish set a challenge to list ten book related problems that I have (either serious or fun). I don’t really know what qualifies as a book related problem, or what problems I have related to books that falls within this category. Oh well, here we are:
I felt so clueless about what to do that I sort of did two lists:
- When the title of a book bears precisely no resemblance, or is a very tenuous link, to anything within the book, and appears to have been chosen just because it is a little bit catchy, or snappy, or jazzy.
- When the romance element of a plot takes something away from the actual plot and basically ruins the enjoyment of the actual story.
- When the quality of the writing is so woeful that I notice the errors instantly and it distracts from the plot. Seriously, if the editor didn’t spot them, or tell the author to sort the writing out, they’re not good at their job and the author isn’t a brilliant writer.
- When someone tries to be too clever with their plot and ends up having more plot holes and frayed endings than they have complete plot lines and whole stories.
- When characters have stupid names or names that you can’t pronounce. If I don’t like someone’s name it irritates me when they do anything, or are mentioned.
- When the only character I like in a book is killed off half way through and I have to finish the book because I’ve already started it.
- When all the male, or female, characters are pretty much the same descriptively because that’s what the author finds attractive and God forbid their characters could deviate from that thought.
- When you’re told a book is a classic, but when you start reading it you have no idea what made it a classic and you don’t want to keep reading.
- When authors make their own words/language up and you don’t know how to pronounce them (even more annoying when you see a film adaptation and it is pronounced differently to how you thought it would be)
- When a character is introduced in the sub-plot and then never mentioned
These are more related to hard copies of books, like actually books, rather than the content:
- Space: I never have enough space to store the books I do own, and want to own in the future
- Editions: Do I choose the pretty one, or the original one? It’s so difficult to choose
- Cost: Hard books cost money, a lot of money when you read a lot
- New or used: Do I buy a new copy of a book I want to read, or find it in a charity shop?
- Series: Why is everything a flipping series? I can’t not own one of the series when I have some of it
- Series editions: I hate it even more when I own the complete series but the different books are different editions, urgh.
- I have books on my bookshelf I have never read that are years old (in terms of when I bought them)
- And I have a book list that is longer than the number of books I own. Go Figure.
- Hating kindles: I love the feel of a proper book, turning the pages, feeling the paper between your fingers.
- Loving kindles: Fr someone who reads as much as I do, the love/hate relationship with the e-reader is obviously present.