Well, I could just wait.
But I just got home from work and am going to sleep, so the wait would be extended. So I decided to make my own question up.
Today's Fake Monday Musing question, as rarely, from the addled, sleep deprived brain of Caite is...
Do you have any book related pet peeves?
If so, would you care to share and rant about at least one for a bit? Oh, please!
Why, oddly enough Caite, yes I do have a book related pet peeve!
And I would love to share.
Thank you for asking.
A book that I just finished reminded me of one of my favorite book peeves.
I will call it Character Overload.
Now see, my dear beloved authors, I know writing a book is a great deal of work. You have spent months and months, maybe years and years, working on your book. And over this time, you created all your characters. Then you started to flesh them out, getting to know them, giving them a personality, a voice. Maybe they are like friends..or enemies...to you.
But remember, we, your readers, open that first page and them is the first we know of them. And just like going to a party or a meeting, full of people you do not know, all these people, all at once is very confusing. I can't even remember their names..party, meeting or book.
That recent book introduced maybe a dozen characters all in the first 40 pages. Would they all be important? Would I have to remember them all? They all started to blend into each other. Was that Bob who was from South Africa...or Bill or Bart? Which one was the 6 foot blond with the mustache and which was the 5'10" guy with the beard. And do I care? I had to actually go back and make a little cheat sheet. NOT GOOD.
And do not make the names similar.
This recent book.
Two, yes, two characters, both named Jimmy. I kid you not.
OK, my other pet peeve has nothing to do with books.
But I am on a roll.
Who the heck told people it was OK to show up at the free breakfast at the chain hotel in you PJs?!?
I do not want to see you or your kids, with your sleep disheveled hair, your unshowered bodies, your unbrushed teeth and you nighttime attire bodies while I am eating my microwave oatmeal and freeze dried eggs! It is bad enough as it is!
Oh wait. the 'real' MM is up now...I will make it quick.
This week’s musing asks…
When you walk into a bookstore — any bookstore — what’s the first section you head toward (what draws you)?
Wow, since our Borders close, and having no independent bookstores in the area, I can not remember the last time I was IN a bookstore. Let me think...
Well, as I remember, I would first check out the New Trade Paperback tables. Then the bestsellers, not that I was going to buy them there at those prices, then the leftovers table. Where you might actually find a bargain.
Then buy coffee, use the restroom, read some magazines and leave.
Which yes, may explain why they went out of business.