I know we always say reviewing is subjective, and it is. Some people love first person POV, others detest it. As an author you have to accept that not everyone will love your work, in fact some will hate it with the passion of a thousand firy suns. Such is life. No, I’m not here to whine about a bad review. LOL That will come in August after my next releases. (I kid, I kid)
But as a reader, I was wondering if there are some things you just can’t get past. I’m not talking poor grammar or a style you dislike, or even something so large as cheating (which I know for many is a big bugaboo), but sometimes it can be little things.
I was just reading something and I realized for that for most people, something that TOTALLY bugged me and made me dislike two secondary characters most people probably think is normal and even sweet.
What was this heinous crime these two characters committed you ask? Oh. My. God. They actually expected the men in question (two guys, both with female best friends) to call and tell them when they would be arriving home from a long weekend destination two hours away. Oh the horror, you say. They were actually worried about their friends (if a bit extreme) who were home later than expected. It really annoyed me to no end!
The one guy was 30 years old. She knew where he was, but he didn’t phone her to say “I’m leaving now” so she was thoroughly pissed off at him. The other was 20, and granted he went with friend and came home with someone else, but the whole reason he WENT to the destination was to hook up with the 30 year old, the best friend facilitated said hook-up, the guy he was with was a well-known business owner in their town, not a stranger, so why would you be freaking out that he hadn’t called to tell you he was with the guy? Was that not the whole point? The guy he went with knew where he was as he’d dropped off his bag at the man’s house.
I’ve realized this is a personal thing for me and no reflection on the author or the story. LOTS of people do have others who expect them to call when they get home or ask others to call them when they arrive somewhere. But it’s just not the way my family/life works. Most of the time I can be gone on vacation and back and my parents don’t even know if I left or not. (Living far away helps I suppose.) I figure if the police come to your door, something bad happened, if not, I’m fine. Me not phoning is only going to get your knickers in a twist and I am a grown-up, I don’t have to report in. (cue inner-teenager)
So that’s character behaviour. The other is actual events that take place. In this case, the weekend away was to participate in what could be explained a weekend gay rave. The party moves around the region and has a theme. This theme was rain, so they were in a big warehouse where they had rain coming down so everyone was soaking wet (how it didn’t water down the booze I’m not sure). But rather than find it particularly sexy and erotic, I kept thinking “that has got to feel gross”. Nothing is worse to me than the feeling of wet clothes, especially jeans, which both guys were wearing. Then they leave and he goes “get in the car”. Ugh. Aren’t you soaking wet? The car seats are going to be wet and sitting there in cold wet jeans has got to be disgusting. What about your shoes? How did you GET those tight wet jeans off the guy?
Sigh. See how my own personal feelings totally ruined the mood? I’m sure other people will love it and I think I like the concept, but from a distance, if I went to a party and that was my option? Eeek. I don’t think I could stay. I’d be so grossed out by the feel of wet clothes I’d have to leave. Sigh.
So there dear reader is my foibles. Are there certain things in a book that you hate personally you just can’t ignore? I know Jen’s not big on food play.
How about as an author? Can you write something you dislike personally? I suppose I could write someone nasty if that was their role, but it would never occur to me to have a scene with wet clothing because when my brain says “insert something sexy here”, that would be the LAST thing I think about.
When I do a review, I try not to let things like this affect my grade too much, because I know it’s me, not the book. But it is subjective and I can’t give a book an A rating if I’m thinking “OMG, I hated the way she acted”. Most of the time, it’s purely my own experience that puts me there, NOT the author’s intent or ability. Sorry authors.
So tell me your “issues”.