Confession time: I’m a book snob.
Rarely do I read a book that doesn’t cause me to snort, growl or hide my head in my hands at least once.
Often times even my favorite books make me want to sigh in frustration. My non-favoite books? Sometimes I just have to put the book down and practice my breathing so I don’t start howling in pain. Authors can ruin a book with a single scene and seem apt to do that at the most inconvenient times.
Other times the whole plot-line is built on a faulty premise.
Right now my big pet peeve seems to be running rampant in the Contemporary-Christian Adult Fiction genre. It goes something like this:
1. Successful Main Character (MC) is living in the big city and has landed a job in his long-sought-after company and is currently moving up the ladder to his dream job.
2. MC’s small town, barely making it, but happy family member (FM) runs into a snag (broken bone, called out of town, new baby, etc…) and MC gets called in to help for a weekend.
3. FM is trying to live their dream (starting a Bed & Breakfast, running a struggling (but cute) book store, or photographing flamingos), yet because of the snag there is no way FM can continue at the present time so MC is pressed to stay longer than the intended weekend. Cue call to MC’s boss who isn’t exactly happy, but understands.
4. FM has a setback and MC gets viewed as the villain by random shop-keeper, neighbor and FM’s friend, for daring to mention that he has a deadline at work he needs to be working on. Cue another call to a much-less understanding boss.
5. MC begins to freak out about his job and everyone eyes him like he’s a traitorous jerk because his actual job might be more important to him than the dream FM has that she can’t do without MC.
6. MC has a change of heart and decides that ok, his dream job isn’t really that great after all and he’ll just leave his mean old boss in a lurch and move closer to FM and become the head chef at the B&B, stock the bookshelves at the book store, or be an assistant photographer.
7. And wha-la, the book ends with everyone happy (except the boss, of course).
People. Let’s think about this for a moment.
First of all, work isn’t everything, but it is an important part of life. When someone has a job, they’re supposed to be responsible (shocking!), that means even though helping out a family member is important, it’s not a license to throw previous commitments out the window.
Second of all, I think you can find all the other holes in that plot line, so I won’t insult your intelligence by continuing to point them out to you.
So there you have it, straight from the mind of a book snob.
What about you? Do you pick books apart when you read them? Or do lame plots, messed up motives and choppy story lines not bother you?