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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Pet Peeves

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Most of these relate to historical fiction–but not all. There are plenty more!

One

Historical inaccuracies

Two

Mangling of titles or forms of address

Three

Sexual-shock-scene de jure

Four

Modern opinions, speech, or behavior in the wrong era

Five

Stupid nicknames or names no one had in that era

Six

Overuse of cliches and stereotypes

Seven

Finding Grandma’s scrapbook, treasure trove of letters or diary

Eight

Tossing manuscript in the air and publishing in that order: i.e. too many timelines

Nine

Assuming because you read French that the whole world does too

Ten

No maps, family trees, of “cast of characters” at the beginning

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18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Pet Peeves

  1. Your comment about stupid nicknames or names that don’t fit the era makes a lot of sense. I don’t like that either.

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  2. I could not agree harder with 3 and 4, but dying at number 7 because that’s gotta be in my top ten list of things that DRAW me to a book. I guess that’s the combination estate-sale-attender and genealogist in me?

    Also, true story re #9: the main reason my English-major mom steered me toward French in high school instead of Spanish like her (and like I originally wanted) was that she was always so bummed she couldn’t understand the French phrases scattered liberally across classic literature and didn’t want me to feel the same. Turns out she made a good call; I’ve been consistently surprised how much it turns up, and it’s not restricted to classic lit either.
    RS

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  3. Excellent list Lisa. I agree with all of these except #7. I like those secret letters or diary to show why a character is searching the past, but obviously that is personal preference.

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