Friday, 2 December 2011

Follow Friday #11

Hi all and welcome to Follow Friday!

This is a great feature hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read and I am very excited to be taking part today.

Every week participants have to answer a question so that we can all get to know each other a little better. This week's question is:

What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books? Maybe you don't like love triangles or thin plots? Tell us about it!

Hmm, now let me think about this. I think the one thing that really gets to me is insta-love in YA fiction. I just can't get my head around how two teenage characters can fall in love the second they meet and know they will be together forever. I know that in a book things have to happen quite quickly but this just doesn't feel realistic to me.

Oh, and although I absolutely loved Twilight a couple of years ago when I read the books, I have since developed a hate of 100 year old vampires falling for 17 year old girls. That is just too creepy! Doesn't bother me so much in adult PNR books when the woman is, well, a woman. But for the love interest to be only seventeen is a little disturbing in my opinion!

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Jez said...

Same here! Insta love rarely works, and they rarely happen in real life, and we readers have enough insta love already.

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Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. It's funny. Many of the plot devices of Twilight are things that now drive me crazy. But perhaps because Twilight was the first place I read those conventions, I still love the series.
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Anonymous said...

Same I used to love Twilight when i was 14, but after reading other books and growing up, by the age of 16 I absolutely hated it and still do.
I agree with the love at first sight thing, I forgot to put that one on my list.
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Anna said...

Ahhhh insta-love!! The bane of my existence!!! I freakin can't STAND IT...

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Lauren B said...

Yes, vampires and teenagers is a little creepy!

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Shirley said...

Ahh INSTA-LOVE. Definitely a pet peeve! I too can't stand it hen a guy and girl instantly fall in love.

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Amanda P said...

oh the dreaded insta-love. its not very believable unless its a mate situation. Although, in Kresley Cole's IAD series in one of her books there was a mate situation and in the book the male lykae when he found his mate actually stopped to contemplate even though Lucia was his mate and he would never give her up, he asked himself if he genuinely liked her. I love that she wrote that in ther bc even though they were mates they could not like their mate as a person. See even mating doesnt have to be insta-love

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Jessica@a GREAT read said...

I can't stand the insta love either! That's funny though about the vamps in YA falling in love with the girl and the vamp in adult falling in love with the woman though. Oddly though it makes sense!

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Cam said...

Hello there! New follower. Happy FF! I have to agree with the insta-love thing. That's exactly how I felt when I read Shiver. So many of the YA books are like that. Need a little more character development! And the sad thing about that is that done right, the falling in love can be the best part. Instead of the I-cant-breathe-without-you melodrama that sometimes follows.

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Kathy said...

I also don't like insta-love. I am all for you saying they instantly felt something, but call it what it is - LUST! They are teenagers, emotions run high. Just don't tell me they know they'll be together forever after the first meeting.

Jenny said...

I didn't participate today but I'm making the rounds and it seems a lot of people hate this too. I just can't figure out why authors keep doing it if we all hate it and it's soooo unbelievable! Sigh.

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

Insta-love seems to be the pick of the day for this question. I completely get where you're coming from. C'mon authors, make your characters work for it!

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Melliane said...

I think it's sometimes something which upset me, beacause I don't really understand it.

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Shelagh said...

lol - looks like you've picked a peeve that a lot of folks have in common Chrissie. :)

My biggest problem with insta-love is that it's often depicted as blind devotion. I happen to think that you can love someone and disagree with them. I prefer insta-attraction that grows as the characters get to know each other.

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Rebecca said...

I definitely agree about insta-love! It can definitely be annoying. I can't say I find the creepy part too much, but I can see why someone would think that. Then again, I'm still super annoyed when coming across way too many of those similar stories about the same thing; whatever creature the male may be.

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WildIrishRose33 said...

Insta-love seems to be a big issue for a lot of people. I agree.

I loved Twilight too when I first read the series. I still love it. But I can look at it somewhat... objectively and see how there are definitely spots (a lot of them) that bother people. :-P

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Shanan, The Book Addict said...

I had trouble with that element of Twilight as well. And the fact that she made so many decisions that she can't change later at the age of 17.


Giselle said...

I really hate insta-love! It's so incredibly common too how annoying!

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KIKA said...

totally there with you on the insta-love! I don't get why it's so popular too! ESPECIALLY in the YA genre ugh. bleh. LOL

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