This is one of my pet peeves. Continuity in general, but mostly when it comes to clothes. I’m no fashionista, but it really stands out for me. I was reading something last week where it popped out at me four times (in one novella) and it just irks me. It makes me think the author never rereads what they wrote. I can understand taking a break and coming back to a story (although I NEVER used to do that, now I do it all the time), but that’s why I go back and read through the last 10-15 pages so I remember where I was and get back in the heads-space.
But anyway, my examples:
- Guy A unbuttons and unzips Guy B’s pants and starts to pull them down, they then get sidetracked and Guy B gives Guy A a blow job, after which, Guy A UNBUTTONS AND UNZIPS GUY B’S PANTS! I even went back and reread the scene to see if I had missed Guy B doing up his pants again (why would he?) but no, no mention of it.
- Guy A, in a frenzy of lust, literally rips the t-shirt and jeans off Guy B, stating he’ll buy him more clothes. Like rips the shirt in half, not just metaphorically ripping it off. After sex they decided to go and get tattoos and piercings and … Guy B puts on his jeans and t-shirt and off they go. WTF? And no, he had only been to the house twice so did not have spare clothes there. How can you just ignore that?
- At the tattoo parlour, Guy A undoes (because everyone gets horny after a piercing) Guy B’s SLACKS. For one, that’s not a word I enjoy for men’s pants, I prefer trousers, but anyway, it clearly said he had jeans on, and no one would refer to jeans as slacks.
- This was not clothes, but he wrapped his leather belt around the guys wrists and tied him to the headboard. When it’s over he unfastens the cuffs. Um. Is it a fairy belt that transformed into cuffs? Who missed that?
How annoyed was I by these incidents? Very. I had to rant to my daughter about it. Her answer was maybe he was a magician. Hmm. Maybe, but the author said he was a plumber. A magic plumber?
Anyway, maybe this is just me. Maybe others don’t even notice these little slips. I remember one book where great pains were taken to mention the guy went commando to be sexy, it was commented on when they got undressed, the next morning… he pulls on his underwear. Umm. Where did you have underwear hiding? In your jeans pocket?
So does it annoy anyone else, or am I just being a fuss-bucket? Is there continuity issues that make you crazy? Found at the bus station, later referred to as found at the train station? (read that one too) Any other examples of things that made you suspect you must have skimmed over something that would explain the incongruity? Here’s your chance to rant.