Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.
A: Umm I think something that I’ve come across lately is when it’s at the end of a chapter something huge is happening and I’m dying to continue reading to find out what happens. But then the last line of the chapter gives away the outcome before it even happens, making me fine with putting the book down because I practically know the gist.
I think it’s meant to make you want to read more to find out how it happens but I find it does the opposite for me. It takes away the urgency of wanting to read the next chapter then and there. It completely deflates the excitement of the situation because the reader already knows how it will turn out, they just don’t know the exact details.
I like being kept in the dark until it happens so then I’m shocked or surprised. It’s way more fun that way!
And then of course insta-love is a HUGE trick that annoys me.
What irritates you the most?