This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m continuing my mini-rant on things that make me drop a series or even an author if they do it even more. It’s all about some Pet Peeves of mine.
Pet peeves: I have a huge list of pet peeves that will get me to stop following an author or dropping a series entirely if enough of them pile up. But here are some that really get on my nerves.
#1 Killing Off Love Interests: I hate this plot device and frankly it’s not quite a bottom line, but it’s damn close. I respect that sometimes characters have to go through adversity, but we read fiction for a reason. Keeping a bit of hope in a story is a good thing. Dark and dreary stories are not fun for me to read, and that may be because of my own mental health issues. However this is one of my personal pet peeves. Now killing off parents of characters? I can deal with that, it’s a different sort of emotional impact for both the character and the reader.
#2 Separating Love Interests: Chinese authors have a terrible habit of doing this, and it ticks me off. They are often poorly done harem stories that has the main character leaving behind his loved ones at every freaking opportunity for no particular reason other than to go galavanting off on an adventure. It doesn’t matter how it occurs, it’s a stupid plot device. It also cheapens the loved one as a character. If they get left behind they aren’t going to grow, either emotionally or in more concrete things like strength.
I will admit that Eternal did one thing right and that was keeping the main characters. who are soulmates, together. They overcame every obstacle together, and frankly there’s no reason why other authors shouldn’t do the same. Having some random teacher drag off the main character’s loved one to get training is also bullshit plot device that I despise and I sincerely hope never gets any traction in the Western world. Having a couple that can actually fight together and work together is a great way of showing character growth. Because anyone who has played a team activity will tell you that no matter how much solo practice you do, it still requires just as much if not more time practicing with your partner(s) so you don’t get in each other’s way. But the character’s will never learn that if they get separated.
#3 Dense Harem Leads: If an author has to write a freaking harem story, at least make the freaking lead character open to a more diverse relationship with all of their potential love interests. Because frankly no matter what the author does, they’re going to piss off one reader or another. Yes polygamy and polyandry are illegal in most of the world, but here’s the thing. It’s a freaking story, and the author can write it however they wish. Maybe they have to deal with the social backlash of being in such a relationship, would make for great character growth.
#4 Forgotten Side Characters: I hate it when authors leave side characters in the dust and just forget about them. This ties into #2 a bit, but more than that some authors are just terrible about remembering all the various side characters they introduce. I Eat Tomatos in particular is a notorious author for doing just that. “Cough” Haeru “Cough”
Those are just some of my personal pet peeves, and there are like I said above many more. But that would be a very long post and frankly I’m not interested in listing every thing that ticks me off in a story. That’s it for this week’s Bookish Wednesday.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back to covering Jun Wu Xie’s rise from infamy. It’s Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss Chapters 81-120 by North Night!
Plot Synopsis: Having awakened her contractual spirit Little Lotus, Wu Xie is now concerned with protecting the dignity of the Lin Palace her family rules over. And all the time Jun Wu Yao is always to the side watching his little “sister”…
Plot: This set of chapters is probably where the story really takes off. It’s really awesome seeing Wu Xie being absolutely badass, and while I won’t say more than that it was highly satisfying to read.
Characters: We get to know more about Wu Xie and her family in this set of chapters, but we also get to learn a bit more about Wu Xie and her past life. There are a couple new characters, but overall it’s mostly familiar faces for this set of chapters.
Overall: A highly entertaining set of chapters that really lay down the foundation for the rest of the story. If you aren’t reading already, you ought to be.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’ve got the penultimate set of chapters in Crockta’s journey. It’s Praise the Orc Chapters 160-190 by Lee Jungmin!
Plot Synopsis: Having returned from the North a victor and even more famous, Crockta now is on a journey to stop the atrocities that his fellow players are committing, while not even knowing the truth behind Elder Lord. His quest for answers has given him some that he didn’t even think was possible, but now that he has them he knows what he must do.
Plot: This is a really solid set of chapters and while it’s not the climax of the story, it does set up the events leading to that. I won’t spoil anything else, frankly I feel like I already have said too much.
Characters: We get a few new faces, but mostly it’s old familiar faces we are dealing with. Tiyo and Crockta are still my two favorite characters, and these chapters just cement that opinion I have.
Overall: This is a series that’s worth reading, while not being absolutely spectacular it’s pretty darn good.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering a new series. It’s Talisman Emperor Chapters 1-40 by Xiao Jinyu!
Plot Synopsis: Chen Xi was a jinx who radiated misfortune the way a torch radiated light, and everyone around him knew it. His entire clan was annihilated when he was a baby, and not too long after that his parents disappeared. His marriage contract? Poof. Torn to shreds and gone up in smoke before the eyes of everyone in the city, almost humiliating his grandfather to the point of suicide! Cultivation? No time for that, he had a family to take care of! This is the story of Chen Xi, a youth forced to stop cultivating and instead craft talismans to pay for his younger brother’s tuition…
Plot: This is a pretty fast paced novel and these first forty chapters are really quite entertaining. Chen Xi is a pretty unlucky fellow and doesn’t fall into the traps that some characters have in other series, “cough” Linley “cough”. This is quite a fun series and frankly one of the better ones out there. It also helps that isn’t published by Qidian which means no bullshit on the publishers side.
Characters: The entire cast is great, although my favorite might just be Du Qingxi.
Overall: A great series to read, although few chapters have been released thus far, only a bit over 240.
For those who like: Xuanhuan, Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Martial Arts, Romance, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the fourth set of chapters in Crockta’s quest for answers to questions. It’s Praise the Orc Chapters 121-160 by Lee Jungmin!
Plot Synopsis: Having learned the truth behind Elder Lord, Ian has resolved to find his own path as the Orc Crockta in truth. However he still has a war to win against the Northern Orc chieftain Calmaheart…
Plot: This set of chapters is where the plot gets quite interesting, with the revelation about Elder Lord having just occurred and Crockta having to fight in the Northern war. I won’t go any further into that to avoid spoilers, but I will say that if you’ve stuck with the story though this point you are over halfway done with the story.
Characters: We get introduced to quite a few new faces, but also some old ones. Still my favorite is Tiyo.
Overall: A really solid set of chapters, Praise the Orc is hurtling to the finish line!
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’ve got the second set of chapters for Jun Wu Xie’s journey. It’s Genius Doctor: Black Belly Miss Chapters 41-80 by North Night!
Plot Synopsis: She was a peerless genius in the 24th Century – all she needed was a silver needle and she could practically bring anyone back from the dead. After an explosion, she crossed over into a strange world. However now everyone calls her “Miss.” The previous “Miss” before had no contractual spirit, was weak and incompetent, and now even the fiancé comes over with a new love and bullies her?!?
Plot: This is the second set of chapters for this story and while it’s still in the foundational setting, it is picking up pace quite quickly. That being said Wu Xie is still recovering her reputation from the previous Wu Xie…
Characters: We don’t get introduced to a lot of new characters, but Little Lotus is probably my favorite of them.
Overall: A solid set of chapters in a great story.
This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the third set of chapters in Crockta’s journey for justice. It’s Praise the Orc Chapters 81-120 by Lee Jungmin!
Plot Synopsis: Crockta journeyed to the sealed northern lands in order to find answers to questions he has. Joining him is Tiyo, gnome marksman extraordinaire. Here though he was met with Orcs, but they weren’t the same as the proud and noble people he knew from the south….
Plot: This set of chapters details Crockta’s adventures in the North and while they aren’t wrapped up by the end of this set, the majority of the story is dealt with in these 40 chapters. The story has picked up steam and is now rocketing towards the end, and by the time you finish chapter 120, you’ll be done with half the story.
Characters: We get quite a few new faces, including one very obvious expy of a certain famous scimitar wielding character… However Tiyo is still my favorite.
Overall: A solid set of chapters marking the halfway mark through this series. It’s hit it’s stride and it’s only going to rocket it’s way to the end from here on out.