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Pet Peeves
Have you ever had something that pulled you out of a fic that's so specific to yourself, that you can't say it's really the author's fault as much as that it's a pet peeve?

In my case, the easiest way to halt me while I'm reading, is the characters behaving needlessly disrespectful.

Kids in school behaving not just as wiseasses, but pretty much insulting the teacher and not even giving them a chance for example.

I can't begin to count the number of fics where the writer thinks she's making the characters behave awesome by having them talk back to the teacher, especially when there's no real reason for it. And then expects us to side with the little snot that's doing so.

Now sure, in that case we're dealing with teenagers, so it can be completely in character for them to behave like brats. (hell, I'd be surprised and shocked if Dean suddenly started acting like a well behaved model student. But that still doesn't stop the fact that if he started calling his teacher names, that he'd get detention and that John would tan his hide over calling undue attention to the family. And if you expect me to believe that Sam, Sam of all people, would be a jerkish little brat who thinks he's better than his teachers, without a seriously damn good reason, provocation and so on, then you instantly get me to stop reading.)

But worse than that is cases where adult characters behave like that.

Whether it's an oc being the kind of jerk that customers_suck like to go on an on about (and believe me, I've worked in the service sector long enough to know when there's damn good reason to start complaining about certain customers) Or worse a newbie special agent treating a senior special agent like their nitwits without a clue and telling them to their face that they're stupid and have nothing to say over said newbie, and yet despite such utterly unprofessional behavior and being a complete idiot, they don't get fired or you know, sent off to some desk job after a specifically bad review or you know at least get racked over the coals for their horrendous behavior. In fact what annoys me most about this kind of behavior that the chars in question tend to get treated as if they're utterly awesome for doing so.

Maybe it's just me, but you do NOT insult your boss to their face, without some serious provocation, and even then it's questionable. It's stupid, childish and not something you tend to get rewarded for in real life.

And no, in most cases, people are not going to side with the newbie against the established co-worker, especially if said newbie has done nothing whatsoever to prove themselves.



So, does anyone else have a pet peeve like that?
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Comments
sistabro From: sistabro Date: September 11th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your pet peeve = my pet peeve
liliaeth From: liliaeth Date: September 11th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
just glad to see that I'm not alone in this.

adrenalineshots From: adrenalineshots Date: September 11th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Stories that are supposed to be within canon and where the characters behave as the author thinks they should be behave, instead as how they would behave in canon (which, in a way, is the same peeve as yours *g*)

Oh, and medical screw ups... like giving a prostate inflamation to a woman *g*
honeylocusttree From: honeylocusttree Date: September 11th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, a lot of people write those kinds of characters/situations.

It's just bad writing. It's like if you have a cop show and the FBI shows up and they're all assholes. Rather than making them human beings with personalities and foibles and good qualities, the writer depicts whoever as a cardboard cutout with as much depth as, well, cardboard. They do it because it's easy, I guess, and they probably get some kind of vicarious thrill from putting these characters in their place, or whatever. But yup, it is endlessly annoying.
90scartoonman From: 90scartoonman Date: September 12th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Two words: Free Willy.
ladypeyton From: ladypeyton Date: September 12th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you ever had something that pulled you out of a fic that's so specific to yourself, that you can't say it's really the author's fault as much as that it's a pet peeve?

Yep. The overuse and downright abuse of the word "unlife" which was used exactly once, as a drunken punch line, in 12 years while vampires used the word "life" to refer to their existence innumerable times before and after, yet almost every single Spike author feels the need to throw that word around as if it's the official Whedon approved word to describe vampires.

It's a pet peeve, but it's mine.

I agree with you about Dean. He would go out of his way to not draw attention to himself. While he'd be a wise ass, he would not be a loudmouth about it. If he was going to say something disrespectful it would be under his breath.
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