Authors make their readers angry and we all know how quickly that can go sour...well, if you're anything like me. I'm going to side with the readers today (you know me, I usually have a green foot in both camps) and talk about the ways writers make their readers angry.
1. Your favourite character dies.
No matter who I vouch for in a story...they die. It's getting frustrating. For fear of spoilers, I won't give you details, but least to say the authors of The Hunger Games, Divergent, Gone, (oh, the feels of Gone. *sheds green tears*) have tortured me to the point of -- well. You know.
2. Said favourite character dies without making up from that last heart-wrenching fight (usually with the other favourite main character).
This is particularly gutting. No redemption. If you're going to die, you can at least go out without leaving hordes of guilty people who you fought with before your imminent doom.
3. Your favourite character goes insane.
Peeta. About every single person in the Gone series goes insane. Understandably. Ender's Game? The author drove Ender bonkers. Since when is that okay?!?!!
4. The girl picks the wrong guy in the love-triangle.
Sometimes I wish characters could hear what the readers are screaming at them. Then I must remind myself it's the psychotic author who is the REAL problem. In Matched, who were you voting for? I actually vote for Xander. And in Why We Broke Up...let me just say, I'm glad they broke up because she went for the wrong guy.
5. The end of the book DOESN'T RESOLVE ANYTHING.
Three words: The Hunger Games. This is so cruel, particularly when there's no sequel. I can imagine the author's, laughing evilly to themselves at our pain. Loki. Don't get any ideas.
6. You're unsure who's actually alive or dead at the end of the book.
Vagueness can be cool and trendy and all...but HECK. The least you can give a reader to hold onto at the end of the book, is a clear understanding of who survived.
7. The villain bites the protagonists finger off.
First of all, ew. Second of all, just ew, okay? Who gave Tolkien the impression that this was okay?
8. The "perfect couple" break up.
They spend the entire book getting together. First book ends: happy, lovehearts in the air, life is bliss. Second book? Let's break up the couple and turn their lives to misery! WHY? We readers were finally happy and comfortable.
9. The protagonist doesn't get there in time to save BBF/mother/father/sibling/love-interest from dying.
Cinder. Okay. Breathe in, breathe out. It's okay. I'm fine. But really, this happens constantly and why? WHY? What joy, oh authors, do you get from tearing out our souls?
10. When Hawkeye needs an eyeball.
Um, Hawkeye? Don't shoot me? But seriously. That was disgusting. Even I'M not that gross (I just smash people, not extract their eyeballs for evil purposes). Nevertheless, I'm glad you're on the right side now, mate.
PS. Books that make the readers angry are usually the best books. I don't know why. It doesn't seem right.
PPS. I have to go. This post was far too stimulating. I think I'm about to --