Book Pet Peeves

In the article I posted yesterday, about negative reviews, Francine Prose wrote about some of the things she dislikes seeing when reading a new book. Some of her examples included lazy writing, like using old cliches or tired phrases. (“His eyes were as black as night.”)

It got me thinking about some of the things that make me cringe when I’m reading. I think I also dislike when a writer uses words or phrases that are predictable or just overused. For example, a writer describing a character as “devouring” books or other reading material. I’m sure whoever used it first was being creative, but now it’s just boring.

Do you have any pet peeves like this? Something that makes you stop when you’re reading, or makes you think less of the writing somehow.

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