This new fabulous meme is brought to us by Melissa at i swim for oceans.
Question: Do you have any specific literary pet-peeves in the genres you read, and why?
First, and totally unrelated: I missed last week's TTMT, so I'm glad to be participating again. Definitely love to get my brain thinking about books and the literary world I'm involved in.
Now, to answer the question.
One of my biggest pet-peeves in any genre (but which appears most in the YA literature I've come across) is the use of overly ecstatic, super girly squeals of delight or disbelief or anger, etc. You know what I'm talking about. The dialogue that is literally written as "Omigosh!!!!!" or "Ohmygawsh!" or "Ohmigod!"
You know you've seen it. It's in some of the most hyped books on the YA circuit, such as The Duff.
There's something about the use of omigod! and others that actually makes me cringe. Whether it's the incorrect grammar (although that's intentional, I know) or the pure girly-ness of it that bothers me, I'm not quite sure. I think it's a combination of the two. It just makes the character so unrelatable and fake to me. If I come across any use of the aforementioned, or a close variation, I sometimes refuse to read the rest of the book. I cannot tolerate it, unless there's something else about the story worth reading. I don't understand why it's ever necessary. It always seems to make the characters using such expressions appear unintelligent.