Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Pet Peeves...

He's not one but I made ya look huh?

I thought long and hard about what I could say that would drum up some conversation and I think pet peeves will do the job. Looking up on here's the definition...

Pet Peeve:
Something about which one frequently complains; a particular personal vexation.

Now, everyone has things that they frequently complain about. How the trash never gets taken out, or that the boys can't seem to pee in the HUGE hole in the toilet, but are those pet peeves?

Here's some...old people driving or people leaving their blinker on for miles or people saying smooch instead of kiss (that was my sister's response).

But let's bring it closer to home, this is an author blog right?

We all love to hate the TSTL heroine - To Stupid to Live. In Star Trek that's usually the one ensign that dies each episode, too bad we can't kill off those chicks huh? What about the SEE SAW effect? I love him, I don't love him, I do love him, I can't love him. AAAAHHHHHHH! That's me running screaming from the book.

Here's a new one I came across... and again, this is a personal one. Older authors, and I'm talking about ladies in their 50's of 60's that DON'T know how to write for the times. Don't get me wrong, some of our authors are that age but know what the heck they're doing when they write a sex scene or describe a hero so that any age reader can identify. Someone please tell me how a hero, who is sooooo suck in the 80's can be sexy today. Fannypacks? Muscle T's? Oh, not the one's that show off the muscles, I like those, but the ones that the cheesball weightlifters wear that are open from shoulder to waist in the arms? Oh, put those with a pair of cut offs and whew, aren't you wet with anticipation? Um, no, I'm running away screaming from the creepy guy in cutoffs with a fanny pack!

Now I know there is more but if I listed them then there wouldn't be anything for you to rant about now would there?

Oh, and I've got a Starbucks giftcard and mug for a blogger today too!

So, what's your book Pet Peeve?


Blogger Estella said...

My pet peeve is so many books that are rich guy, poor girl. can't anyone write about real life?

12:56 PM  
Blogger Pepper Espinoza said...

How every woman in every book seems to want children, or already have a few. Guess what people? There are women who not only don't want children, but it's not even something they think about!

1:12 PM  
Blogger Paige Burns said...

Estella: So true, I'm so over the small town girl moves to big city gets "saved" by hunky rich guy! Shoot me if I ever write a story like that!

Pepper: I loathe baby stories. I've got kids, but I read romance to escape, not to watch the heroine constantly check her biological clock!

1:19 PM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

Heroines with small feet, small waists, big boobs, hair to their waists and no experience with SEX.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Kate Lang said...

I have to say my pet peeve is the "Good girl gone bad." Why does she have to go bad to enjoy sex? Why can't she just claim her sexuality and be done with it? Is it because good girls aren't supposed to like sex? Well, good girls do like sex and we don't need to get all hoochied up to get some. And really, how smart is it to go to a bar, pick up a guy and bang his brains out. Do you know him? How do you know he's not some bizarre stalker that's going to hunt you down and kill you. How do you know he's not going to give you a disease? Ugh.

So I guess this is a cross between "Good Girl gone Bad" and "TSTL." Never a good combo.


1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TSTL is one of mine but mostly it's the heroes or heroines who do something stupid that makes me hate them.

I just read a book where the hero was plotting revenge. He used the heroine. Set her up for humiliation, a future rape attempt. And this is a hero how? I wanted to rip the pages from the book, set it on fire while shouting "Die, demon die!" Instead I forced myself to read it. Still wondering "Damn, how can the heroine forgive him? I can't? And now she's having sex with him? What is wrong with her?" Which then makes the heroine TSTL.

A read another book (same author which means I'll never buy another one of hers: two strikes and you're out baby) where the heroine exploited the hero's weakness. She caused physical pain to the hero. And this makes her a heroine how? And the hero falls in love with her why? That just makes the hero TSTL.

Bad motivation, bad characters and I will fling a book.

But really, I don't have any strong feelings about this at all.

I actually have 2. As an adopted girl, I don't like reading stories with adoption. Why? Because the character suddenly finds out (what? fictional parents don't tell them when they're a kid? I was told at 2) they're adopted, they hate the adopted family and then they "Don't know who they are". Ugh. I love my family. I know who I am (highly neurotic writer that I am). Ugh. I inevitably calmly close the book and then huck it as hard as I can out the balcony window where it plummets 4 stories down to the ground where, hopefully, the neighbor's noisy dog will take a pee.

Again, no strong feelings about this at all.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Dee said...

Anal retentive people. OMG, I have some very old, fussy little people who come in my office and drive me nuts with their nitpicking ways. You missed a comma here, you forgot to dot an 'i' there. And a couple of these guys you can tell were anal even when they were young. They're simply obsessive, boring, stick in the mud people.

That's my peeve.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Morning Paige!

Can I go off subject for just a second? Okay, good. My pet peeve of the morning is that you didn't tell me where to find more pictures of the hunk-a-hunk you teased us with at the start of your blog!

Michelle Hoppe

1:57 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Pet peeves, um, let's see. Other than the men and boys can't fit they're small stream of pee through the large circle I would have to say my pet peeve in a book, is the old vampire falls for innocent human trick. You ladies know the ones, vampire is out for whatever reason. Hunting. Sex. Food. All of the above. And along comes the innocent human woman, usually beautiful, big boobs has absolutely no idea vampires exist and then suddenly whamo she is a slave to his bite and can do nothing but love the poor misunderstood vampy.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Paige Burns said...

Mel: Why do they always have to be petite too? I mean, I'm 5'4" but it would drive me crazy to have a hero who was 6'3". Think of the chiropractor bills!

Kate: So true, so true. This good girl likes sex a lot! :)

Jenna: I hate formula books by the same author. I wrote about this in my blog and even said the author's name, a big time chick that everyone loves, but once I got through her books I don't know why? They're all the same!

Bonnie: Um, I'll let Tina know about the comma thing! ;)

Michelle: I can't reval my secret stash of hotties, then I wouldn't be able to pull them out of my hat and surprise ya'all. But he's a model, Nick Auger. Nice huh? Don't ya just want to lick him?

Paula: I like vamp stories, but I agree on the innocent thing, oh, and the virgin thing. The above author I mentioned I think in almost all but one of her books the heroine had to be a virgin. Whatever happened to women knowing what they're doing in bed?

2:13 PM  
Blogger Trista Ann Michaels said...

My pet peeve in a book? Conflicts that can be resolved in less than five minutes if the hero and heroine would stop having angry sex and talk to each other!!

When a simple misunderstanding is drawn out over 150,000 words. It drives me crazy to the point I want to scream, get over it already and talk to the girl!!


2:14 PM  
Blogger Pepper Espinoza said...

hy do they always have to be petite too? I mean, I'm 5'4" but it would drive me crazy to have a hero who was 6'3". Think of the chiropractor bills!

Heh, I'm 5'4 on a good day and my husband is 6'4. It isn't easy...

2:33 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Paige, darlin, pumpkin bread...

Does your wonderful hubby know about this secret stash of hotties you have? Do they fit nicely in a closet or did you rent a storge unit? ~grinz~

As for licking him...that's a good start OY!

Michelle Hoppe

2:43 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I would have to say that my pet peeve in a book would be....

When you are reading a short romance story and there are so many twists and turns that I am left feeling exhausted after reading it. I read to escape every day stress and don't find much satisfaction when I have to continuously go back and reread a part because a new twist has come along that is totally out of left field. So, I would say my pet peeve is overwhelming the story with twists and turns that you lose the romance and plot along the way.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I forgot to mention.
WOW - to the hunk!

I would agree - he is definitely not a pet peeve.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous AJ said...

My pet peeve is, other than my MIL, would be stories where you need a dictionary, medical degree and law degree just to figure out what the heck they're talking about.

Great topic. And, super great hunk!

3:59 PM  
Blogger karen said...

my pet peeve in books is then the hero and herorine are arguing or have a misunderstanding and wham they have sex and EVERYTHING is ok.
now i could see a man thinking that but a woman? NOWAY!! LOL

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Lily Ashford said...

The model is definitely hot...but has anyone else noticed his tan is off? He's all nice and bronzed to the top of his chest, and then his neck and face are all...pale. Still lickable, though.

My pet peeves are heroines who put up with all sorts of nonsense that would have normal women screaming spousal abuse. Or virgins who are so completely witless, they need a good shake. Oooh, except in Lynsay Sands' ALWAYS. The heroine, Rosamunde, is a virgin, but she's hilarious! She completely throws the virgin-stereotype out the window. A really good book!

Lily (who is now inspired -- by Mr. Delicious -- to go out and find some, um, "candy")

4:49 PM  
Anonymous christy M said...

My biggest pet peeve in books is when the woman is made out to be a dumb as a pile of rocks and the man is super intelligent.

Oh Please! Not all women are dense..LOL

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed about the tan too. Not that I get any further than his neck anyway. Face shmace.

As to the innocent heroines: to me there's a huge difference between innocent and naive. Ugh, the naive ones...come on. Read a romance or two, will ya. I can have an innocent-like heroine but if she's naive? Ugh. I feel like I have to sit down with her at the kitchen table to explain "the game" and then she gasps and says "I can't do that!" then I banish her mostly because my hero will become peeved with her, he'll growl, "See what I have to deal with? And I'm supposed to do what to her?"

I have a lot of peeves, apparently. Sigh. I suppose I should shut my pie hole (gawd...I miss pie. Why doesn't Jenny Craig have a chocolate cream pie I ask you?) and write huh?

5:27 PM  
Blogger Amy S. said...

One of my peeves is when the heroine is described as having such a tiny waist that the hero can span with his hands. Another peeve is the age difference between the hero and heroine. Hero is 40 and the heoine is 18.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Paige Burns said...

Trista: Ditto. Why ppl can't get over simple things is beyond me?! I could make millions writing books about my sister if all it took to write a best seller was to draw out something that should be resolved in less than a day!

Pepper: My sis is the same, my height w/ a tall hubby. It's just not for me. I'll stick w/ my 5'10".

Michelle: The 5'10" knows and just shakes his head. I keep telling him that it's to his benefit but I don't think he believes me.

Jessica: I hate having to re-read everything. But don't you hate putting the book down before you finish? Even if I'm not getting the story I still keep reading. I've only not finished one book. It was horrible.

AJ: For sure! I'm all for thesaurus' but come on, when you have to look up the word you used for something so simple as "jog", why not just use the damn word?!

Karen: Make up sex is okay, but you're right, the whole make-me-forget-I-was-angry sex is just too much.

Lily: I think it's the lighting. :)

Christy: Yep! Imagine..."Insert Rock Here" and you'd have the same story.

Jenna: When is your day to blog babe? Sounds like it will be a blast!

5:50 PM  
Blogger Amie Stuart said...

>>rich guy

after all how many kazillionaires can there be?

Kid's are hard to write and babies? It's like a purse, the heroine (or hero) can't leave home without it.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Amie Stuart said...

Kate...TSTLGB? *g*

Poor characterization in any form will cause me to not finish a book. Esp (and this is close to Jenna's) when a writer recycles characters. Jenna I'm with you on the adoption thing--they very rarely get it right.

Tall heros? I wrote an average height hero once and got so much flack from my *former* critique group *ggg* but he's still 5'9 ;-)

Speaking of pet peeves I have an article to finish before someone comes and hunts me down.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're mad so I'll distract you with sex sex: It works if afterwards they start fighting again. I read a scene like that and howled because the heroine picked up right where it left off. Danged if I can remember the book though. (another peeve...another day)

I'll blog when they tell me to blog. About what? (shrugs, looks to avoid writing anything? cuz you'll notice I'm back and not writing. ahem.)

That's it. Last blog for me. Today at least. Tomorrow, as Annie belts it out, is only a day away.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Feather Marosek said...

My pet peeve are incompetent people and TSTL people (in books and life).
I mean if you don't know how to do somethin or are hopeless at it, have someone else do it! I don't know how to fix a sink but I certainly expect a plumber to know more about it than me, that's why he got hired right? ARGH!

Actually it's not just TSTL but plain useless heroines. Not only do they put up with everything and do what they are told all the time (I like a good Dom/Sub story, but even in those the Sub will have their own thoughts on SOME things). I hate it when the female character is good only for sex (or the term I use when really irate, sperm dumpster). She can't even think for herself. She's pissed because she's too stupid to ask him something and get a misunderstanding cleared up and then they screw and it's all good again, she forgets to be ticked. Heck no!
If I'm that ticked he aint getting near me with a ten foot pole!

6:26 PM  
Blogger bamabelle said...

First off, love the picture! I don't even care if his tan is fake.

Now, I guess my pet peeves are similar to several of the other ladies. I despise when the storyline veers off in so many directions that I get motion sickness from reading the book! I also hate when the book delves deeply into enough characters to fill a third world country. I mean I like to know who the hero and heroine are at least.

I really do not mind the virgin thing, unless you combine virgin and TSTL. If I'm reading about a twenty-something virgin that does not even know what a penis is or where it goes during sex, I find that a little unbelievable. It is one thing to be a virgin, it is another to be a moron! Buy an anatomy book for goodness sake.

Okay, I'll be quiet now. Generally, I at least like the books I read. There are very few I really hate, so overall I cannot complain.

Well, I guess I'll go take the garbage out. It's obvious my husband does not remember how Lol!


6:44 PM  
Blogger Maggie Casper said...

Hmmm, when talking of books my biggest pet peeve is the fact that everything went PC. I don't want to read a cookie cutter romance about a wimpy hero who is afraid to be a man.

In real life... people who park in the fire lane or by a hydrant. I've been a firefighter for 9 years and I still haven't gotten to knock out car windows for the sole purpose of teaching a leaason. I know, I'm twisted. hehehe

It also bothers me when healthy people park in a handicapped slot.


7:23 PM  
Anonymous Yesy said...

While this has already been mentioned; I'd have to say that my pet peeve is a combination of the poor virgin girl who gets saved by the rich wordly man and all their differences are overcome by having repeated sex.
I don't see why women have to be "saved" at all, whether they be virgins, poor or whatever else. I like heroines that are strong and independent and enjoy having sex.
I also think having great sex repeatedly is always a good thing; it's never solved any problems for me.

7:39 PM  
Blogger KimW said...

I must be "easy". hahaha! Most of the things mentioned here don't bother me and as hard as I try to think of something, I can't. I read so many books and all different type of stories that I don't think one "peeve" is prominent enough to bother me. Oh, and I love those rich guy, poor girl stories. Take me away from it all is what I think. LOL


7:57 PM  
Blogger Paige Burns said...

Cece: Tina told me she's about to get the whip out, I'd run if I were you!

Feather: You're a riot, I totatlly agree!

Zara: We'll copyright that one babe, V.M. - Virgin Moron :)

Maggie: PC isn't always fun now is it?

Yesy: Could you imagine a book w/ all of our pet peeves in it? Yick!

Kim: I used to not be so picky, then I became a reviewer, then an editor, and now an author. Now it's hard for me to get through a book at times!

9:12 PM  
Blogger snowflake said...

My biggest pet peeve is when a book consists of an endless array of sex scenes strung together without any real story and character development. I like to read hot sex scenes but it must contribute to the story.

I also hate the way villains are often portrayed as one dimensionally malicious or wicked. It just doesn't feel real. Another pet peeve is when a book end without any real conclusion or when it starts with a bang and ends with a whimper.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Jeanette J said...

My pet peeve used to be that all the males had lots of experience and the females had none...a lot of books these days have changed this

9:37 PM  
Blogger Pam P. said...

I have to agree with Jenny, too many sex scenes just for the sake of it with not much else - plot or characters' emotion coming through.

10:40 PM  
Blogger Amie Stuart said...

>>sperm dumpster

BTW I think the eye candy was photoshopped but who cares ;-)

Jenny I read a blog post from a friend of mine on writing really great villians--the ones you can almost empathise with. The ones with altruistic motives -- unfortunately I can't think of any off the top of my head.'s with the CP now.

11:01 PM  
Blogger Paige Burns said...

Whew! What a day! I'll pick a winner in the morning to see if anyone else decides to vent about books. Thanks for joining me today, I had a blast!

You can blog more often with me at !

I'd love to see you there. I promise there's more eye candy (I had nothing to do w/ the pic, I just found it, yeesh) and a few more surprises there.

Nite all!

12:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My pet peeveis... are whiners consonant complaint about crap that he or she can control.
Books that don't have happy ending that sucks weak plot and same old borely characters. For instance perfect hero and heroine no flaws perfect size give me sustain. I want to relate to these characters. When I spend $3.00-$16.00 on a book that suck that piss me off. I have others but I don't have time to list them all...
well thats my two scent...

2:07 AM  

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