3 Things Making a Book-Throwing Bonanza
This week we’ve been talking about the things that make us want to throw a book across the room. Things an author does that makes your blood boil and grip the covers tighter. Pale knuckled and tight-lipped, the last straw falls from the page and before you even know what really happened, that book is already across the room, flying like a multi-winged brick.
Luckily my anger management is better in my older age. Book throwing has watered down to placing it on the bedside table, though a bit forcibly. But what are those things that get me riled up, you wonder? I thought you’d never ask.
WARNING: I plan on naming names along with a few spoilers. Oh, and at least one F-bomb. Proceed at your own risk.
1. Typos. This is really superficial of me, I know. I can’t wholly blame the author for this mistake.
Editors have to shoulder it as well. The first page, even the first chapter, has to be typo free. I can forgive typos in the middle. I might not even notice them. But for f*ck’s sake, the last line can’t have one. I’m talking to you, Mr. Butcher. The VERY LAST LINE in his latest Dresden novel has a typo: ” ‘ There is much work to do be done.’ “
How the hell did that slip by? It ruined the savory goodness I look for at the end of his books. Any anticipation for future novels I ponder or losses I grieve are all fogged over by that glaring mistake. Superficial, yes, but still. Grrr…
2. Deviation from the author’s original concept. This mainly pertains to book series. The author hooks me with the first book, making me more than willing to go along for the multi-book ride. Then somewhere along the way, the author decides to change things. I can only speculate on why, so I won’t. I will give you an example though.
I loved watching Dexter. So much so, I wanted to read the novels by Jeff Lindsay. Not surprising, I liked them too. Then I came to book three, Dexter in the Dark. In this installment the author moves away from serial killer fiction to supernatural inspired killing. I bought into the series based on the fresh perspective. Now it’s changed with this supernatural element to the point I’ve stopped reading the series and am unsure if I’ll ever pick it up again.
3. Wrong doings to a character I love. Amy touched on this Wednesday, and I couldn’t agree with her more. When an author creates a character I connect with so much that when bad things happen to him, I get all up in arms. That my friends, is some damn good writing.
I can still remember that first time. Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice had me glued to the page. The things she put FitzChivalry through had me so enraged at points, I had to stop reading just to cool down. Once it passed, I was in awe. I had gotten worked up over a FICTIONAL CHARACTER. I could scarcely believe it. Ms. Hobb also engraved into me, this is how I want readers to react to my stories and characters. I thank her for that.
So now that we’ve told you what gets our book blood boiling. Tell us what does it for you.