the girl who kicked the hornets nest

Booking Through Thursday: Pet Peeve

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.