Top Ten Tuesday (brought to you every Tuesday by The Broke and the Bookish), we get to choose any Top Ten List we missed out on or would like to revisit. I'd like to be a little peevish today, and talk about my
Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves
1. Neat, wish-fulfillment type endings. Yes, happy endings are lovely, but when they aren't realistic and inevitable (driven by everything that came before) then happy endings grate on my nerves.
2. Main characters without flaws, unlikable qualities, or any edge at all.
3. Predictability. Life is unpredictable and so is good fiction.
4. Novels where the female protagonist goes through a wrenching divorce, returns to her hometown, and ends up with her high school boyfriend, who is just broken-in enough to be good husband material now.
5. Characters without real jobs. And work to do when they are there.
6. Characters who have unrealistically nice apartments (think "Friends") given their occupations.
7. Novels that fail to take into account how hard and how much people IRL work--workplaces can't just be little set-pieces where characters have important conversations around the water cooler.
8. The dearth of stories and novels set in neighborhoods like Anacostia in Washington, D.C. (This allows me to invoke the wonderful Edward P. Jones, who writes about real people with really hardscrabble lives, in a realistic and empathic way. In Anacostia).
9. Movie tie-in covers. I know, it's picky of me, but I go out of my way not to buy books with movie tie-in covers.
10. Bad lies. Fiction is a continuous lie, but the writer must be an expert, practiced liar. I hate when I'm reading and something, some detail, jolts me out of that lie and makes me remember there's a writer behind it all.