Fae Friday

Fae Friday – What Pulls Me Out Of A Story

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We all have those little pet peeves and things that instantly ruin or pull us out of a story. That is why today’s prompt is: what is something in a book that instantly pulls you out of the story? 

There’s so many things that can instantly pull me out of a story. When I grew up, if I didn’t know the meaning of a word, my mom would tell me to look it up. So when there’s a term in the book that I’m unfamiliar with, and it’s clear that it’s important, I’ll often stop reading and look it up on my phone. Sometimes, I fall down the rabbit hole of looking more things up. And then I get frustrated that it could have been completely avoided if the author just provided a quick explanation of what they were referring to.

Fortunately, this doesn’t happen often, but if there’s a lot of spelling/grammar issues or inconsistencies in the story, I struggle to stay focused. I’ve read stories where the completely wrong word is overused, and I really have a hard time with that. Or if the character’s eye color changes randomly? It makes it difficult for me to fix an image of them in my head, and I find it so frustrating! 

Other than that, I guess it’s just a matter of being able to connect with the characters or the story. I generally don’t have a difficult time connecting, but occasionally the characters are unlikable, and that pulls me out of the story. If I don’t like the character, I can’t always make myself care about them and what happens to them. 

What about you?

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