Thursday, January 26, 2017
Pleasures and Peeves (Jill)
Pleasures are simply the reasons why we fall in love with the stories. Sometimes it's the setting. For me, anything set in the Outer Banks, NC will cause me to at least check out the back cover blurb. Or maybe it's the events taking place -- a wedding, a dance, a favorite holiday like Christmas. For me, it's usually the characters. I fall in love with these people, and root for them, and want them to live Happily Ever After.
Peeves are the reasons we throw the book across the room. Well, maybe not. But it's the reason we put the book down and have trouble picking it up again. Or find other things to do. I don't like unhappy endings. Really. Don't kill off the main characters I've grown to love, no matter whether there was a good reason for it or not. (Yes, I'm talking to you, Veronica Roth). I also won't read books with a lot of swearing in it. Carl Hiaasen has a few juvenile books (Hoot, Scat, Flush, Chomp) that were phenomenal, but his adult stories can be rough. If you don't like swearing, don't pick them up.
So now that you know my pleasures and peeves, what are yours? What makes you pick a book up? What makes you conveniently "lose" it among the dust bunnies under the couch?