Thursday, October 25, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday #3

Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.

A: I'm not so much irritated by this as kind of bemused, I guess.  I've read some books so good that I've overlooked it...but I've noticed a lot of YA characters lately have an immediate "electric" attraction to one another. 
Right off the top of my head, I can't think of which books in particular have this, but I know several I've come across have that whole, "their hands/lips/whatever touched and she/he felt (something to do with electricity, sparks, a jolt, or similar.)"
Sometimes, this happens the very first time the two characters meet. An accidental meeting of the hands and we've got *bam!* an electric sensation. So instead of Insta Love it's like Insta Zap, maybe? :)
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  1. Oh yes! This definitely happens a LOT in YA. Normally accompanies "insta-love." It would be interesting to compile a list of all the devices like this that reoccur in YA.

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  2. YES! We need a list of the set pieces for the meeting of the shy girl and mysterious dangerous guy, at least! For one thing, he will give her an enigmatic look that appears to mean he wants to harm or flat-out kill her. Or is at the very least fascinated by her. Then she will obsess over what The Look meant on and on...LOL! How many times have I read that? Or worse, when the guy is spending half his time being a brutal jerk to the girl, and she is spending her time dissecting his motives for said jerkdom.

  3. LOL Insta Zap! Love it! :) And usually the word choices they use for this stuff are SO cheesy.

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  4. I'm already not a fan of "insta-love", so "insta-zap" definitely seems like quite the concept! I find that now I'm avoiding the types of books that seem like they would have "insta-love" or "insta-zap" though haha. But it really does annoy me - I get that teenagers are attracted to sex and have hormones (I'm actually a HS student right now), but if it's really IN MY FACE, I get annoyed :/

    Anyways, those are my thoughts! New follower via GFC (:

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  5. Oh my gosh I've been noticing that too! Honestly though, does that ever happen to anyone in real life??? I've certainly never poked a guy and had electric currents run through my body...
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  6. Love your design! I know what you mean, it happens a lot in YA (although for the love of my I can't think of a book right now)

    I'm a new follower here for the hop :)

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  7. New follower (following back)
    That is true it does happen a lot. I have actually had it happen to me. I meet my ex (long story as to why hes my ex) he moved in with me the day I met him and we were together for years.

  8. Yep, insta-love drives me crazy!

    By the way, I love your website theme, it looks gorgeous =)
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  9. Yep, I'm not a fan of inst-love either.

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  10. Lol, that was really funny and totally correct!!

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  11. Insta-love! The most annoying thing ever!
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  12. Hi! Thanks for stopping by YA Society. I also agree that the insta love can be a bit much at times but I think it works because most people would love to meet someone and instantly feel a connection.

    I love your blog design now. I will definitely check back to see what you do to it. Do you create the images yourself?

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! No, I didn't design it myself...I am extremely tech-impaired! The fabulous Lucille from Poppies Blooming did it. I'll have her button on my sidebar somewhere once it's totally done!

    2. Ok, there's a clickable link at the very bottom that will also take you to her website instead of a button on the sidebar. :)

  13. Great answer and You are so right. I would have never noticed that If you didn't point it out.
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  14. That's an interesting way of looking at those moments! You're right, it's not quite the insta love, but more like the buildup, which is fine really! As long as it's not: "Who is that new person. I love him/her!" or something weird like that! lol!

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  15. Hi!
    Insta-zap, you nailed it! I agree totally.
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  16. The blog is looking SOOOOOOO cute.

    Instalove is so annoying. I forgot to include it in my list but I hate it.

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  17. Thanks so much for becoming a follower of my blog! I'm now following you back via GFC!

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  18. hahaha! Insta-zap! I love it!
    Gorgeous blog you have here, I'm happy to be a new follower!
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  19. I'm not a fan of insta-love, and I've noticed the insta-zap thing now too.

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    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

  20. YA isn't the only genre that suffers from insta-jolt/love try reading paranormal stuff sometime.

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  21. Insta-zap, lol! I'm reading something with this right now, but it's kind of integral to the story so all's good XD

    Thanks for following! I followed back :)

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

  22. LOL. I can understand this.... Like insta-zap... Then it's a dead giveaway that they have this kind of spark or understanding for each other. Or some kind of destined destiny for one another. It's a dead giveaway in the book and really annoying, sometimes even more annoying then insta-love.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier, returning some of the love <3

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  23. Maybe all the carpets are static-inducing? :) New follower, following back.

  24. Oh my, contrary to many readers out there, I really don't mind insta-love! But great answer. :D Thanks for stopping by my post earlier.

    Sarika @ The Readdicts


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