I am horrible at remembering exact scenes and passages in books, so I cannot specifically site any right now. And remember, the OP said "Poorly written, unnecessary sex scenes." This has nothing to do with prudishness. I'm referring to sex scenes thrown in just for the hell of it. I seem to remember some in 11/22/63 and the use of the word
When characters "sleep without dreaming." I know most of the time people don't remember their dreams, but some authors *cough* King *cough* use this a LOOOOOOT. I don't know why, but it annoys me...
I don't mind this. Because I think of it as a shorthand way of describing those sleeps when you are SO tired that when you wake up you are not conscious of any passage of time, any dreaming, any sounds in the night. Like you were dead for eight (or however many) hours.
...the overemphasis on "moral lessons" in stories....(yeah, yeah...I know-my guy Koontz is wickedly guilty of this)....
Yes. A lot of writers these days feel it's their duty to hit the reader repeatedly over the head attempting to teach some sort of moral lesson. The worst, to me, are those that deal with women's issues, but it could be any social cause. I'm all for enlightenment and reform but I think these people actually set us back. The writing is overly dramatic and self-pitying. (It actually makes me cringe.) That's why I have a very hard time reading most new fiction.
Things that annoy me about writers? It seems like every writer is guilty of destroying their home town or their home state at least a million times over in their books. I mean, there are plenty of other states or even other countries that could be destroyed, too.
And I don't hate first person narrative, but it amuses me when the narrator is on the cusp of dying or something. You mean you sat down and wrote a three-hundred page novel while there's an evil hoard of mutants beating at your door? Chances are if you can write a novel under those conditions than you must have one helluva door and your life really can't be in all that much danger, right?
I "thanked" this but honestly don't know what you mean.
Umm... Pretty much what Todash said on the top of page 3, haha.
Like, the sentence might say "So-and-so slept. He/she did not have any dreams." or whatever. It's not bad... But SK uses it a lot and for some reason, it kind of grates on my nerves. Another one I just thought of (and I'm surprised none of you have mentioned it yet) is the "So-and-so never saw him or her again." There is a difference between foreshadowing and beating me in the head with the fact that my favorite character is going to die.