The Broke and The Bookish is: Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves
10. Really repetitive non-fiction books: Okay, I get it, you have a really brilliant thesis with some great examples to back it up. Sometimes, however, it just isn't enough material for a book.
9. Thinking that a book isn't worth reading because it is difficult/old/uses language with which the reader is not familiar: This is a little bit of literary snobbery, but I'm going to own it, because I used to kind of feel this way. Now that I'm older and oh so much wiser (I wish...) I don't even believe that books are only worth reading if they are enjoyable. And anyway, most of the difficulty diminishes with reading practice.
8. Thinking that a book isn't worth reading because it has an engaging plot/ is for young adults/ could be categorized as "genre" fiction: Catcher In the Rye is YA, The Maltese Falcon is genre fiction and Dickens is super plot driven and was remarkably popular in his own time. There is good and bad writing in every genre.
7. Magical Realism: I don't why. This is totally personal, but I just don't get it.
6. Style over substance: For me this is the Ulysses v. Finnegan's Wake line. There has to be a motivation for the stylistic innovation. The style should connect to the substance.
5. Long confusing character names: I'm sorry Russian novels, you drive me nuts. In many family-saga-type, long novels, I have serious trouble keeping the characters straight. This is mostly because of my really terrible memory.
4. Dialect...most of the time: I like sparingly used dialect, but I'm not a big fan of when an entire book is written that way.
3. Footnotes...again, most of the time: I've read a lot of academic stuff in my career, and I find turning back and forth and looking up and down extra tiring. I don't really like my fiction reading to feel like my academic reading, even though I don't consider myself an escapist reader. Don't even get me started on endnotes.
2. Obnoxiously or super slowly read audiobooks: I don't think this one needs much explanation.
1. Books with the special edition movie cover: These really embarrass me, which I know is totally petty. I really like books for aesthetic reasons as well as for their content. What I really hate is when I order a book from paperbackswap or Amazon and the cover in the picture is not the movie cover, but then I get the movie cover because they have the same ISBN. Lame.