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Here are some of my favourite frustrating reading moments.
1. A plot twist – you have to be kidding me? You realise you have been the victim of a cunning plot twist and go into book shock. This can be both frustrating (and pleasurable) if you never saw it coming and you spent half the book on a wild goose chase. If you like amazing twists read ‘I let you go’ by Clare Mackintosh. The plot twist experience leaves you flicking back through the book trying to find the point where the author pulled the wool over your eyes, whilst muttering “who does that author think he / she is pulling a stunt like that?”
2. What a naff ending! The book has had you gripped for hours / days. The characters are alive in your head and the amazing plot has turned you into a quivering wreck. Then the author ends it in a really naff and weak way – aghhhh! This is very frustrating! Its like the author took you and your emotions on a drive and just left you by the side of the road. Cue – throw book at wall!
3. Get out of my head! The characters of the book you have read hang around in your head for days after. Its like they take up residence in your mind for days after the book has finished. This can be frustrating especially if you are a writer as whatever you do you can’t seem to get someone else’s characters out of your head.
4. R.I.P main character – sigh! Hang on I still have 20 pages to go! This is where you endure the death of main character well before the end of the book. This is frustrating as it leaves less important characters to contemplate his / her demise and it gets painfully dull. You then enter book limbo land where you spend your time thinking “should I just stop reading it now?”
5. Anyone seen my favourite character? This is where there is a disappearance of a beloved character for a much-too-big a chunk of the story. Can be frustrating when you become emotionally attached to these characters in the early part and you spend the rest of the book waiting for their return.
6. Do I carry on reading this dull book or shall I watch some paint dry instead? I always feel like I should finish a book, its like I owe it to the author but there are some books out there which test my boredom limits. This is frustrating because you have usually invested your time and money (unless it was freebie on Kindle) into this book.
7. This character is seriously doing my head in! I had to mention this. We all have our favourite frustrating book characters, those that drive us up the wall with their behaviour, irritating ways and tiresome habits. They are needed in books, don’t get me wrong but some really wind me up. I am not going to give you a huge list as some of my frustrating characters could be ones you all love (but I can’t help myself – Amy March – Little Women, Dolores Umbridge – Harry Potter, Bella Swan – Twilight, Theon Greyjoy – Game of Thrones, Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre, Ashley Wilkes and Scarlett O’Hara – Gone With The Wind).
8. Oh please go get a room! This is where two characters have the hots for each other and the author painfully strings out their lusting for each other. If it gets really bad you may find yourself shouting at the book ‘just go get a room and let’s move on!’
Let me know any of your reading frustrations!