I'm happy to be hosting a stop on C.J. Ellisson's Death's Servant Blog Tour today. C.J. is the author of the popular paranormal romance series VV Inn and is here revealing her top ten dislikes of her favorite genre...stick around, say hi and enter the giveaway!
Top Ten Dislikes in My Favorite Genre: Urban Fantasy by C.J. Ellisson
Thanks for having me on the blog! Here is my top ten list of "What I Dislike in My Favorite Genre" (which is Urban Fantasy).
10) Whiny Heroines. I dislike weak women in real life and don't care to read about them in my fiction. Sure, every woman has her doubts and can grow within a story, but a truly weak character who acts Too Stupid To Live, makes me want to throw the book out.
9) Predictable Endings. If we can guess what is going to happen about ¼ of the way through the book then maybe the plot should be changed. Just saying.
8) Excessive romance in my adventure stories. I'm not talking about the sex, that part is great. But if the urban fantasy I'm reading revolves mostly around the sexual tension and growing relationship between the Hero and heroine I get a little annoyed. I know there is a huge cross over of readers from paranormal romance to urban fantasy, but I really prefer the relationship building aspects to be a sub-plot rather than a main pot thread.
7) Really dumb choices by the MCs. Sometimes bad choices seem overly contrived and convenient. Am I the only one who feels this way?
6) Meandering writing. Dude, pick a style and stick with it. Most readers I talk to prefer action and dialogue heavy stories. If I have to read extended descriptions of clothing and hair I get bored and skip pages.