Readers' pet peeves
It's true that no matter what you write, someone won't like it. This is one reason why we have genres: readers will more likely find what they enjoy than what they don't.
Readers everywhere, regardless of genre preferences, have pet peeves. These can be categorized into trends or themes of things readers don't like. The Washington Post offers some insights with this article:
Since editor and authors are also readers, I'll start with this list of my pet peeves:
Larger peeves come in the form of some common tropes and/or archetypes. Since I read (and write) mainly romance, I'm all too familiar with these tropes and wonder about their enduring popularity in the genre.
Sometimes the characters in my own books cross those lines (although I've yet to write a secret baby story) that can take a plot beyond building tension and delicious conflict to face-palmed disgust. There are no hard borders with most of these pet peeves; they're more a matter of degree. When it comes to some stories and/or some readers, that degree hits the boiling point sooner than others.
The best a writer can do it tread the line between just enough and too much.
As readers, what are your pet peeves?
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