Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.
This isn't a surprise but LOVE TRIANGLES. I also don't care for extended flash back scenes or parallel story lines. I generally get bored of one of the stories and just want to get back to the other. BUT I do like books with each of these characteristics. So there are always exceptions to the rule.
This isn't really a device, but I read 3 books this week that were all middle books in a three series books. In EVERY one the girl was told that she needed to stay away from her love interest or bad things would happen to him. OF COURSE it didn't go well. And now I'm DYING for book three. When I read books around the same time that all end up having similar plots, they start sounding less like natural story lines and more contrived. That really affects how I read and rate a book.
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