This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:
“What are your literary “pet peeves”?“
I hate stupid characters in general but nothing irks me more than stupid heroines always walking into dangerous situations, relying on others to solve their problems and generally whining about their situation.
I dislike pretty, wallflower type heroines. For example, Celia Harland in At the Villa Rose by A.E.W. Mason. The only redeeming quality this character seems to have is being ‘dainty’ and ‘pretty’.
I dislike the use of excessively detailed violence and unnecessary sex scenes. The ‘Millennium Trilogy’ by Stieg Larsson is guilty on both accounts. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest all contain a lot of unnecessary and in the end rather lame sex scenes. The explicit sexual violence, especially in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, left me feeling violated.
I do agree with you on the the unnecessary sex/violence scenes in Stieg Larsson’s series; it’s one of the reasons I didn’t like the books as much as I thought I would.
Thank you for agreeing! Most people think I am overreacting a bit but I think the current society has become too desensitized to violence. As a Mystery/Detective fiction reader, Crime based TV show fan and an Anthropologist by profession, I am no stranger to violence, blood and death. I just refuse to stay unperturbed by it.