Feature and Follow – Dirty Tricks

I absolutely love the question for F&F tonight, because it is an issue very close to my heart. (Don’t believe me? Read this post.)

Here is the question:

feature and followQ: 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.

I absolutely despise when an author does something just for shock value. It can be a major cliffhanger that makes me feel like I have to read the next book in order to have any resolution for the book I’ve just read, or a death just because or for attention (Poor Hedwig), it get’s me ready to rant, rave and throw things. 

I get that cliffhangers can be necessary. That’s acceptable.  But if it leaves me feeling wholly unsatisfied? It’s no longer acceptable and I will likely decline to purchase the next book on principle.

In my personal opinion, a cliffhanger should happen because the central or main plot arc of the book has either drastically changed or met resolution, but new questions have come up, leaving a nice hook for future books. And deaths should happen because it is right for the story, not to pluck at fan’s emotions.