Has it been awhile since I complained about anything literary? Books? Authors? Reviews? Well, I feel like it’s been an eternity. Nevermind that it’s only been a couple of weeks. It’s like when you go out to eat and you feel like the server has left you sitting there for 30 minutes after she took your drink order, but in reality its only been 6 minutes.
So what do I want to complain about today? So glad you asked. I want to complain about authors who bludgeon me about the noggin with a specific plot point. I’m not going to name names/titles, but I’m going to gripe a little. Here goes…
A couple of months back I read a series of books where a character had recurring dreams. That’s fine. But if the dream is recurring, I don’t need to read about exactly what happened in the dream each time the character has said dream. It was irksome. And it didn’t matter to me that later in the series the dreams actually turned out to be premonitions. I didn’t need to be walloped with the dream sequence over and over.
The book I’m currently reading is doing the same thing, but in an even more annoying fashion. It’s a YA book, written in the first person, as they all seem to be. Now I don’t have an issue with YA books. I’m starting to enjoy them. The current one? Not so much. The protagonist is a 22-year-old girl who is attracted to some supernatural guy, who happens to be immortal. Seems reasonable. Except that every single time he touches her, she explains the “heat” that spreads throughout her various body parts and how she shouldn’t feel that way because they don’t have a future together. The problem is she keeps repeating it, and repeating it, and repeating it.
I GET IT! I FRICKING GET IT!
If you guys were shrinks, you would ask me how all of this makes me feel. (Besides irate and homicidal, of course) I’ll tell you. It makes me feel like the author thinks I’m an idiot. It’s as though if I’m not told over and over about a specific plot point, I’ll forget it when it’s relevent later. Or I won’t get the book at all. Which is ridiculous, because I’m obviously brilliant.
So, have you ever been flogged by a plot point?