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What annoys you about writers?

Discussion in 'Chattery Teeth (Other)' started by staropeace, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I had this thread before...many years ago. I do not like it when writers over explain a character's motivation for doing something. If you have to explain it you have failed in your writing....yes,Dean Koontz, I am talking about you lol.
  2. Lepplady

    Lepplady Chillin' since 2006

    What irritates me about some writers is when they write as if you're supposed to already know what they're talking about. Just because they know what they're talking about, that doesn't mean somebody who just picked up their book does. So, I guess, not enough explanation bugs me.
  3. danie

    danie I am whatever you say I am.

    Dean Koontz: 2- to 3-sentence paragraphs--drives me crazy.
    The Jack Reacher guy: constantly using the word "shrugged" to describe anything Jack Reacher was doing. I found myself hardly paying attention to the story; just looking for "shrugged" somewhere around the bend.
    Over-description of clothing: Robert McCammon sometimes does this in the Matthew Corbett books. I absolutely love the series, but don't need to know if Master Bidwell is wearing a beige shirt, wine-colored waistcoat, tan breeches and a black tricorn hat every time he enters the story.
    Justin Cronin: Making me care about characters for 200 pages, then completely obliterating them from part two of the book. I couldn't finish The Passage because of boring Part 2. I will fondly remember Part 1 as one of the best short stories ever.
  4. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Guest

  5. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I hate it when two main characters have similiar names starting with the same letter.
  6. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    Mostly, that writers whom I find dreadful can still bank like nobody's business.
  7. The Nameless

    The Nameless M-O-O-N - That spells Nameless

    So you weren't impressed with IT having a book long love interest between Ben & bev? :)

    There are a few things about kings style that annoy me, such as:
    Spoilers mid book.
    Dreamless sleeps, everyone seems to have them.
    So many authors as main or supporting characters.
    His descriptions of how wonderful a cigarette can be.
  8. ClaireB76

    ClaireB76 Life is a state of mind

    I hate it when writers over-describe things! Very often, it's what you don't say that works. That's what I think SK is a master of. Tell us a little and then let our imagination do the rest.... Genius :)
  9. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member

    It irks me when writers present too much description about anything (my mind needs something to imagine).

    When they waste my time with stuff that doesn't matter (my life is busy and futile); I read to escape, to find solutions, and to nuture my soul, please don't waste the time I've given to read what you have written.

    Don't like when they use the same characters with different names over and over (unless they are the same in a series). There are so many different people and points of view in the world, why limit yourself to a couple?

    Also when the language they use is overly simple, cultural (a page or two to get the 'feel' is fine, but not all), or too technical and difficult.
  10. Kurben

    Kurben The Fool on the Hill

    Your first point: isn't that a balance thing? If it is to much description there is not enough holes for our imagination to work with. And if there is to little the scene and the characters are so loose in the edges that we stop really caring about them. Thats where i think King mostly walks the line without falling too either side. Many Writers do. Someone mentioned Lee Child and his Reacher stories. You can easyly read them but you, at least not i, don't really care about them.
  11. Riot87

    Riot87 Love him forever

    When they try writing about something without doing the research and get it wrong.
  12. VampireLily

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & Consumer of men's souls.

    authors that write 900 books with the EXACT same FORMULA.


    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...what annoys me?.....all those damn words!.....:rolleyes:
  14. Lepplady

    Lepplady Chillin' since 2006

    THIS. Stephanie Meyer writes so poorly, and she's a millionaire. I know I'm no Stephen King, but DANG. Come on! If she can write like that and sell so much, I should at least be getting somewhere.
    I mean no disrespect to Twilight fans. I'm just jealous as all get-out.
  15. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    I hate it when a writer gives me five full pages of sex and neglects to tell me what the main character has for supper.
  16. VampireLily

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & Consumer of men's souls.

    This is going to be an awful thing to say but i believe it's true, human beings are such sheep sometimes that they jump on the band wagon just to feel included. Stephanie Meyer is a HACK... the Kardashian's are Talentless....Honey BooBoo is crap. This is why so many truly talented artists and writers have to try three times as hard to be heard.... it's difficult enough wading through all the talent... now everyone has to wade through the piles of sh*t as well. And there's PLENTY of it.
  17. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    So true VampireLily. That is why I stopped watching tv years ago....I could not bear my disgust with the crap. I know bright otherwise intelligent people who like Meyers. My opinion of them has dropped a bit lol.
  18. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer B-dazzled

    This why I love you.
  19. VampireLily

    VampireLily Vampire Goddess & Consumer of men's souls.

    and why i love you as well~
  20. Lepplady

    Lepplady Chillin' since 2006

    I think you're exactly right. Thank goodness we have true talent like Sai King out there.

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