What is something stupid that ruined a book or author for you?
It doesn’t have to be stupid, per se, but something that made you jump outside the book and pause. We’ve had a thread here about parts in movies like that but I had a book experience like that over the weekend.
I was reading The Hearing by John Lescroart this weekend. It’s a legal/murder thriller. Lescroart isn’t an attorney but he seemed to do a fair job doing research (a few nits, here and there). I’m reading along and a character is having a flashback to the last time he’s seen an old friend of his. The last time he saw his friend was at a frat party at Notre Dame.
I re-read it to make sure that he meant the same ND where I went to college. Yes, he did. Notre Dame doesn’t have frats. There’s no Greek system there at all. I don’t know the difference between a chi omega blah blah and a delta theta blah blah. We have a definite GEEK system, but no Greek system. It made me crabby. No REAL good reason but hey, sometimes that shit happens. It wasn’t all that important but it made me wrinkle my brow and rolls my eyes at the author. I wanted to poke him in the side and say, “Hey! Yeah, Mr. Typewriter, you. Do your research!” I’d say I won’t read more of his stuff but that seems sorta silly to me. Plus, I went to the used bookstore and picked up 3 more of his books before I got to that part. :rolleyes:
Maybe being a crabby nit-picker is what happens when you have nothing but sloth and gluttony keeping you company for the weekend.
So how about it? What’s something that’s ruined a book for you?