January 18, 2013 by Alice in Readerland
We all have our pet peeves, and if you’re someone who reads a lot, you no doubt have your own special pet peeves that apply to books, be it love triangles, whiny characters, or cliffhangers.
Lately, I’ve been seeing something in YA books that’s become my most recent pet peeve. It goes a little something like this:
Boy goes to bar to do some underage drinking. Boy can’t hold his liqueur very well and gets very drunk. Girl who is a straight-laced Mary Sue drags him home and takes care of him while he’s being sick.
Now, before you say anything: I’m not saying that underage drinking doesn’t happen, because it obviously does, and I’m not saying that it’s wrong of someone to take their friend home from a bar.
But here is what I am saying: I don’t see how this scenario is putting the boy in a light that is the least bit attractive and is supposed to make me, the reader, fall for the him while he has his head in the toilet (if he makes it there). The girl and boy usually aren’t exactly friends, but aren’t really together, either. Whenever I read these books, I always wonder how the girl can look at this drunken boy and be thinking Wow, he would be perfect boyfriend material.
Being the hard, calloused, person that I am, if the drunken boy wasn’t my best friend or my boyfriend, I wouldn’t be a huge advocate of taking him back with me and nursing him through his drunken state. And if I did, I certainly wouldn’t find it appealing and start dating him. In fact, I’d seriously be reconsidering what our relationship was. So as I reader, I often find it hard to root for the love interest when this happens and I always wonder what this girl is doing taking care of a guy who isn’t committed to her.
Tell me, what are your personal bookish pet peeves? Leave a comment, I’d love to read it!