Follow Friday (6): In Which I Try Not to Rant (Too Much)

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Q: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to books?  Maybe you don't like love triangles or thin plots?  Tell us about it!


Oh dear.  Somehow I have to answer this without it becoming a giant rant.  I'm not quite sure which I hate more:

A) Love triangles

B) Love interests that are complete asshats

C) Useless female protagonists that always must be saved

The sad thing is that when you have one, you're mostly likely going to have the other two.  I HATE love triangles.  They just add a lot of pointless melodrama and gives the protag an excuse to whine a lot in her head.  I much prefer the will-they-won't-they troupe of romance.  It can lead to a lot of romantic tension, not to mention the potential for comedy and the constant need to know when the two people will realize that they are MFEO.

I have a hard time accepting asshats as love interests.  I don't get the appeal of Edward from Twilight.  I would stab that stalker in the face if he were real*.  I don't understand the appeal of Patch from Hush, Hush (I will avoid saying why because it's a spoiler).  I just don't get it.  Why would anyone fall for these guys?  There complete douchenozzles.
And then that leaves me with the spineless female protagonists.  I need sassy protags.  Ones that are smart, resourceful, and can get themselves out of trouble without needing to wait for Prince Charming to save them every. single. time.  I need more in a character than indecisive nonsense and cow eyes.

Stopping now before I begin really ranting. And now I'm kinda grumpy.  What makes you want to punch fictional characters? 

* Actually, no, I really wouldn't.  I'm not a violent person and I am very small.  I might give him a good shin kicking though...