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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Feature & Follow Friday

Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

Question of the Week: What is a deal breaker for you in a book? For example, do you abhor love triangles? Or can't deal with bad editing?

For me, any time an author uses fiction as a social/political/religious platform, choosing to preach rather than entertain, that's a definite deal-breaker. I don't mind underlying themes or even an agenda that slants the writing, but don't have your characters (or worse, your narrator) get up on a soapbox and preach at me. There's no quicker way to get yourself relegated to my DNF pile than by being heavy-handed and confrontational, even if I might otherwise agree with you. 

Parajunkee also hosts a Social Hop for Facebook and Twitter, which I regularly take part in. So, if you're one of those people who aren't on Blogger, or who just don't like Google Friend Connect, it's a great way to keep in touch and follow one another.

21 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you. I despise religious fiction, etc. Old follower!

    - Cindy
    http://bookaholicfaggots.blogspot.com

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  2. Those just make my head hurt.
    New Follower!
    Here's My FF

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  3. Agreed. Preachiness is always annoying, no matter the subject. Old follower. My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! :D

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  4. Ah yes, that's bad. I don't like that, I usually feel like the author wants to push their beliefs on me. I can understand some mentioning if it fits in with the story or characters, but not the over preaching like you said!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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  5. Preachy books are the worst. I have a real big issue with that, so I even avoid most books that just by default are slightly "preachy". :/

    Patricia // My Hop

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  6. I agree, overly preaching a point isn't my thing either.

    Old follower via GFC.

    My FF post

    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

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  7. Really interesting answer and something I hadn't thought of but a definite book closer! New follower my link is http://kvlovesbooks.blogspot.co.uk/ if you'd like to stop by x

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  8. That's a great answer, I didn't even consider that. I would find that annoying too!
    Here's my FF.
    Ashley
    #BookNerd

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  9. You know what? Despite the fact that I actually read Christian Fiction at times, I really hate preachy and ax grinding books too. Always have. And I don't care WHAT the message is--preachiness bothers me. I'm a big fan of the show-don't-tell rule. If a GOOD writer has a message, then it can be portrayed through the plot and character development. There's no need to provide lectures in the narrative and dialog! That's poor writing!

    I like the variety in your blog, by the way. I'm a new follower. :)

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  10. Oh, I think I almost need to change mine now because of the preach thing! I do abhor that in a story. Tell me a story, don't try to convert me :)

    Here's my FF post for this week.

    Have a fantastic Friday :)

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  11. That's definitely something I don't appreciate in a book!

    FF @thedailyprophecy.

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  12. Great answer. I definitely agree. It's one thing to have well rounded characters and some of them happen to care about stuff, but it's another when it's blatantly obvious that the author is trying to make a point and preach at the reader.
    Thanks for stopping by! Following you back!
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

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  13. You're so right, I agree.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/11/feature-follow.html

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  14. I do prefer to have stories that are all about entertainment. It's what I write; it's why I read. I want to be transported into the life of my characters and I can't do that if I feel like I'm being preached at either.

    ~ Cia
    New follower via GFC
    www.ciasstories.blogspot.com

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  15. I agree, but preachy fiction is not always about religion. I read one book that pushed a veggie diet every other page. That was so not me!
    Sídhí News & Gossip
    A Blog Hop Place for Books

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  16. I completely understand what you're saying. I don't read to be told what I should think on something. I can form my own opinions, thank you very much.

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  17. Yeah, I understand what you feel :)
    Check out MY FF

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  18. Definitely don't like the preachy thing either! New follower! Check out my FF: http://roundedpages.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/feature-and-follow-friday-nov-2-2012/

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  19. Bad grammar turns me off too! I find it difficult to deal with too many point of views, too many characters in just a few pages and plot roles. Also I don’t find bad edited books very attractive, and this can turn out to be a deal breaker in the end. Love triangles I can deal, but I’m getting tired of reading the same things in romance books...

    Maeva
    Murphy's Library

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  20. I don't preach in my work. There's an underlying theme of friendship and peace, but that's about it. And even agendas can be deal breakers for me when reading.

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  21. Author tract, urgh! I seriously don't understand why they would want to write a fiction for that - what about editorials and stuff?
    That said, I did enjoy some books that in hindsight may be categorized as such. I guess it just depends on how good the writer is.
    Thanks for the comment over at my blog earlier! I've followed you!
    Katie @ Fiction Predictions

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