February 25, 2020, 06:56:48 PM

Author Topic: Pet Peeves: What makes you put a book down/never pick it up in the first place?  (Read 14449 times)

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Curious what the problem was. I haven't read it but it looked good and it's rated pretty high on goodreads.
We did it as a book club read a few months ago. I enjoyed a lot about it. But as to women:

Spoiler for Hiden:
One is forced to have sex with a noble to save her husband
One is a holy prostitute who has sex with our hero to save his soul
One is the naked assassin
One is a conniving evil noble
One is an arrogant, but clueless innocent
One is a brave little girl whose father slept with many women to ensure he would have many children... in order to save the kingdom
Every straightforward positive charcater is... wait for it... a guy   :o

I just think that's overall weird. Now, I think the author has it set up for more positive women charcaters in the next books, but I'm afraid he lost me completely with this. Funny thing is, I say lots of crap stuff on the forum and people often agree, disagree, etc. I've mentioned this a bunch of time about Traitors Blade and can't recall anyone saying anything in response.



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See that?
Really?!  ;) ;D

Well I never responded because I enjoyed the book and had no issues with the females. I read it while before we read it for book club, so couldn't remember the details as well. I figure you are entitled to your opinion/reaction, so didn't see the point in saying much in response. But, since you seem to be looking for a response, mine is that I didn't have a problem with it. I thought the book, while not perfect, was rather fun.

I'll also point out that you are using the girl's father as a negative trait for her character. Not exactly fair. It feels like you couldn't find a negative thing to say about her directly and had to dig for one in the way of another character to make sure you had something negative to say about every female in the book.

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Curious what the problem was. I haven't read it but it looked good and it's rated pretty high on goodreads.
We did it as a book club read a few months ago. I enjoyed a lot about it. But as to women:

Spoiler for Hiden:
One is forced to have sex with a noble to save her husband
One is a holy prostitute who has sex with our hero to save his soul
One is the naked assassin
One is a conniving evil noble
One is an arrogant, but clueless innocent
One is a brave little girl whose father slept with many women to ensure he would have many children... in order to save the kingdom
Every straightforward positive charcater is... wait for it... a guy   :o

I just think that's overall weird. Now, I think the author has it set up for more positive women charcaters in the next books, but I'm afraid he lost me completely with this. Funny thing is, I say lots of crap stuff on the forum and people often agree, disagree, etc. I've mentioned this a bunch of time about Traitors Blade and can't recall anyone saying anything in response.



(crickets)
See that?
Really?!  ;) ;D

Well I never responded because I enjoyed the book and had no issues with the females. I read it while before we read it for book club, so couldn't remember the details as well. I figure you are entitled to your opinion/reaction, so didn't see the point in saying much in response. But, since you seem to be looking for a response, mine is that I didn't have a problem with it. I thought the book, while not perfect, was rather fun.

I'll also point out that you are using the girl's father as a negative trait for her character. Not exactly fair. It feels like you couldn't find a negative thing to say about her directly and had to dig for one in the way of another character to make sure you had something negative to say about every female in the book.
I guess that last is somewhat fair.
And maybe I was stretching it a bit with my litany.
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Much portal fantasy is awful, but ... well, Sturgeon's Law, right?  I'll give it a chance, but mainly because I gave The Folk of the Air a chance and was glad I did, and I gave Neverwhen a chance and was glad I did. So it will take more than just the sub-genre to turn me off.

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But what's a regular peeve?
Those are the wild peeves that were never domesticated. They tend to be bigger and more destructive than pet peeves. For example, a wild peeve would be hating people with two nostrils or people who breathe. Imagine though if someone had wild peeves like that; there would be blood and teeth on the floor. Which, by the way, is a pet peeve of mine. Clean up after your brawls, everyone. I mean, really.  ;D
And if your pet peeve escapes and stays out long enough it turns feral and that's never good.

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I hate covers with photos of real people (or which at least look like a real photo) who are photoshopped into a fantasy setting. Seems to be some kind of new trend unfortunately.

Example:

It's a good book, though.

OMG, this too. I haven't seen it a much in adult fantasy, but it seems to be more of a thing with YA. There's a way to take a photo and make it look more like a painting and to make the person look like they're really "in" the world, but some of them look like 21st people in bad costumes. I guess it's less expensive?

Offline AzWingsFan

No matter how good the writing is. The main thing that turns me off a book/author is the lack of plot/weakness of it... I.E. The name of the Wind. Barely got through that because nothing happened, couple glimpses of excitement but nope, same kid goes to magic school trope...
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Padding, series that take 20 or more real years to finish, padding, cheap Tolkien elf knockoffs, padding.
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