"I hate insta-love; it's just not possible. But shape-shifting werewolves are completely realistic!"
Personally, I don't have an issue with insta-love ~ I think it would be quite boring if characters in books only fell in love in just a limited number of ways, like friends first, then lovers, or bickering rivals first then lovers ~ and I don't think insta-love plot lines are as common as some readers think. Sometimes, people are so ready to say, "That's insta-love and I hate insta-love" that they miss the bit where the author is trying to convey that the character hasn't fallen in love at first sight, but they've instantly found someone physically attractive.
Insta-attraction happens all the time in real life. Who hasn't passed some hot guy or girl in the street and thought, "Wow, they're really cute!"? Does that mean we've fallen in love at first sight? No. Because we have indeed passed them on the street. We didn't spin in the opposite direction to where we were heading to run after them. But if this were someone you came into regular contact with, like if you were attracted to someone at work, then you might get all flustered and shy or whatever each time you saw them. It still doesn't mean it's love. Just attraction.
There's a book (I won't name it, so not to spoil it for you) where a vampire girl meets a human and finds him attractive, but because she's a vampire and all her reactions and emotions are magnified and intensified in her immortal life and body, the crush feels bigger than it actually is. She even goes on to say that she probably thinks he's simply cute but because everything is more intense for her, it feels epic, when in reality, it's just a little crush. That still didn't stop one reader from labelling that as insta-love. This review was the first that I noticed for this book where a reader thought insta-love was in play.
Wait. That's probably another pet peeve of mine ~ when readers label an interaction between two characters as insta-love when it's not that at all. :)
"I hate love triangles, but I loved the love triangle in Book X."
"I'd have given this book 5-stars but Jane didn't end up with John like I'd 'shipped', so... 3.5-stars!"
This is linked to love triangles ~ despite readers' protests, authors/publishers are still churning out books with love triangles in them! When there are multiple love interests for a protagonist, it's now very common for camps to form amongst fans. Readers will 'ship' the lead character with the love interest that they like the best. Remember Team Edward vs. Team Jacob from the Twilight Saga? It's fun and gets readers talking about books. That's great!
"I'd have given this book 5-stars but John died in the end, so... 3.5-stars!"
Apparently, Stephenie Meyer said she doesn't want to write a sequel(s) to her sci-fi novel The Host because it's set in a dangerous world and important, beloved characters would have to die to make it realistic and she didn't want to kill her darlings. So, she decided not to write a sequel (yet). And readers have criticised her for that, saying that she should be brave enough to do what's necessary. Yes, she has to be really brave, seen as there are some who will unfairly rate her sequels down if one of the characters she kills off is a favourite of theirs. As far as I'm concerned, Stephenie can decide not to write a sequel for whatever reason. It's her choice. Obviously, I'm Team Stephenie all the way :)
So, that's it from me for now. Here are some popular BookTubers sharing their bookish pet peeves if you're interested in watching:
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