Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book?
A: Instant romances is probably my number one, but a lot of people have the same issue. So besides the Bella&Edward Template, I really dislike authors who don't give a character enough uniqueness. People are vastly different from each other, so I hate seeing authors shortchange their imaginations when they prefer the well-worn path over plumbing their emotions for original ideas to bring to the table. Employ a little psychology! People have idiosyncrasies and many, many flaws. Bring them out! They don't make a main character "undesirable." In fact, just the opposite. There are things about ourselves that we don't like other than things like weight. It could be how we're a bit too controlling, or can be a little unknowingly cruel sometimes. I love it when an author brings those flaws and imperfections to the surface. However, when I see stuff like that, my admiration for it reminds me how uncommon it is to see authors who are daring enough to make their characters imperfect.