Thanks to all of you who responded to my survey question:
What’s your biggest reading pet peeve?
The Fussy Librarian conducted a similar survey of his subscribers and I wondered how you felt about the same questions.
Without further ado…. Here are your biggest reading pet peeves:
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Interestingly, more responses were garnered for the “Other” category. Among your most common “Other” peeves were: plot too slow or boring; violence; animal abuse; characters lacking in depth; tedium; religion/politics coming into play without necessity.
When The Fussy Librarian conducted his survey, the top complaint was a plot turn that doesn’t make sense. That was also one of your top complaints, with spelling and grammar errors right up there near the top, too.
I strongly believe that typos and errors multiply in the dark like these pests, which I’m told can survive a nuclear holocaust!
Most of us who are serious about our work spend a lot of time and money weeding out those pests, but somehow they hide in the corners and crevices and pop up after we think we’ve killed them all. Our proofreaders and editors and software spellcheckers are great exterminators, but I suspect there’s an evil villain at play here, don’t you? One thing’s for sure: if someone ever manages to get rid of every last one of the little buggers, we’ll all be thrilled!
I read all of your responses and take each and every one of them to heart. Thank you for helping me to write more of what you want and less of what you don’t want.
So tell me — how did your pet peeves compare to the group results? Are your peeves among the majority? Or are your pet peeves more like, shall we say, outliers?