Monday, 15 June 2015
Making up for Mondays: Pet Peeves
This weekly meme is hosted by An Avid Reader. The aim is to write a post on a weekly question. This week's question: What is your biggest pet peeve with authors?
The first thing that came to mind was treating the novel like a cash cow; I'm not going to name any specific authors because that's not really fair and you might probably have your own suggestions that spring to mind. I find it really upsetting when authors effectively recycle content for financial gain. This isn't like reusing characters (e.g. fictional detectives or a character growing up) or a spin-off but literally just repeating what was in a previous novel or expanding on trivial detail. I remember when an author just changed the names, the plot was identical to their last novel, and I was so annoyed the book was thrown out. Yes, I agree that novels do not contain entirely new ideas - as Christoph Waltz said, even Shakespeare did not have an original idea - but something strikes me as dubious about revisiting a novel.
So, that is my pet peeve. What are yours??