Alright so I’m a day behind (aren’t I always?)…well, here goes:
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.
I’ve seen a few people complaining about Insta-love or para-mates, and I toally agree. You know what I’m talking about: two people meet and suddenly they are each other’s soul mate. I’ve seen this alot in some YA, and some of it is horribly done. The reader gets absolutely no feeling for a build-up of a relationship. One moment the two characters don’t know each other, the next moment they are inseperable, they know each other from past lives, they are all over one another. Its totally unrealistic.
It can be properly done. One very good form is how Caris Roane does it in the Ascension series. The scent is there, so the reader knows the two characters are soul-mates. But there’s the build-up in the relationship where the characters get to know one another (lots of boinking does occur while the hormones resolve one another), and finally realise that there’s more than just the physical relationship.