We all talk about the books, characters, and authors we love (I am particularly annoying when I start to gush and have my fangirl moments). So, not meaning to offend anyone, I decided to do a post about the other side of the coin…what drives me crazy, annoys the face off of me, or generally makes an impression in all the wrong ways.
- least favorite series I forced myself to read through to the bitter end – Sons of Destiny by Jean Johnson. As I am badly known for, I tend to buy all of the books in a series before I start reading the first one, assuming I will of course feel the love. Nope. I liked precisely one character in the entire series, Morg, and I read the books solely to follow his development until his story came along…in the last book. I decided part way in that Jean Johnson’s writing style just didn’t fit my reading needs, since more often than not I was angry at the books, the characters, and myself for buying them. I did some sort of odd fist-pumping happy dance when I was finished, yelling that “they didn’t beat me!” And they still sit on my shelves, because I am too stubborn to throw $100worth of books away.
- least favorite character. EVER. – Kelly from Sons of Destiny by Jean Johnson. This is perhaps the easiest question I could ever answer, since my loathing was so absolute. Random normal chick gets sucked through a portal to another dimension, of course with the specific skill-set (sewing, butter churning, etc) to not only survive but thrive on this somewhat rustic island, and proclaims herself Queen and supreme ruler. Now you must remember her only superpower is to channel her inner domestic goddess and turn some curtain fabric or something into a cover for her throne – and a matching “court” outfit. And everyone else on the island is a mage with actual special powers. Oh, and she is featured prominently in all eight books. Since she is queen and all. I so wanted her to die.
- character I should love but didn’t – Ethan Sullivan from Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill. I liked the books. Liked the characters and the storyline and the world. Wasn’t that fond of Ethan. Heroes usually can do no wrong for me, but he hand-rung and back-tracked more than a victorian maiden, and was the king of mixed signals “want you…need you…can’t have you..can’t stay away from you…want you more than ever…but wait…”. He did redeem himself in the last couple of books, but I am still not on the bandwagon. Yet.
- least favorite storyline – Intrepid Female Reporter. Ever since back in the days of Lois Lane, I have not liked this storyline, but paranormal romance has taken my distaste for this to a whole new level. Usually the story goes like this – sassy female reporter starts digging into a series of mysterious events. Hot alpha hero tries stop intrepid female reporter from finding out the truth about whatever he is, and exposing his secrets to the world. Sassy female being, well, intrepid, finds herself in approximately 312 dangerous supernatural situations that said hot alpha hero must rescue her from (of course after warning her that BAD THINGS would happen). Intrepid must find “the truth” no matter what the cost , and after a long state of disbelief comes to accept that vamps/weres/gargoyles/angels really do exist. And in the case of Shayla Black‘s Doomsday Brethren series, firecracker reporter Sydney Blair becomes the voice of the supernaturals, doing live news broadcasts through a magic mirror. Complete with her own slogan.
- most eye-rolling author – Christine Feehan. Now, I have every book from every series that Christine Feehan has written. They are my guilty pleasure (along with the Breeds), but she can make my eyes roll like no other. What absolutely kills me every time is the info dump we get on characters. For example, in the latest Ghostwalkers book Samurai Game, Sam Johnson is a former army ranger, trainer, hand to hand combat expert war hero linguistics expert with degrees in molecular biology, biochemistry, astrophysics and nuclear physics. His teammate Jonas Harper is an expert pickpocket master of disguise cat burglar who grew up throwing knives in the circus. I roll my eyes so hard I am surprised I don’t give myself a headache. Oh, and the main characters, in the middle of their supposed first sexual encounter, stop to have a four page discussion on nanite technology and micro-biology.
So, what makes you cringe, cry, or turn your books into a wallbanger? Any series you just can’t hack anymore, or any plot device that makes you crazed?