Does it bug anybody else where otherwise good reads are spoiled usually in the name of realism by giving the heroes domestic worries or emotional problems ?
The Hornblower series ,excellent adventures but we have to endure page after page of Hornblowers neurotic personality which can be a bit of a downer.
Or in Sharpe his being bullied and his tormentor …
The arch enemy whos plan is defeated at the end of the book but escapes and returns ad nauseam .
People read for escapism ,we’re prepared to share the hero 's shipwrecks ,hunger ,wounds,exhaustion and even fear .
But we dont want to share his worries about paying his bloody mortgage or his sisters struggle against cancer when we’re reading a thriller or an adventure story.
Other bugbears I have are where characters for example in Ancient Rome act and speak exactly like New Yorkers or Cockney Brits.
And where an exciting historical "who Dunnit"s main character keeps taking time out to think how desperately in love he is with his wife and how hes not worthy of her and despite being a fast thinking dynamic man of action is, around the female members of his family a whining ,pussy whipped, loser.
Even women readers find this sort of thing obnoxious.
Has anyone else got specific items that mar but not totally ruin otherwise bloody good reads?