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Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.
One of the things that can ruin a story for me or atleast make it harder to read and enjoy is the use of dialect as a narrative. If it is done properly it enhances the authenticity of the tale and makes the character more relatable and realistic. But if it done wrong it can be so confusing and makes reading the book difficult.
As for more of a plot device that annoys me; love triangles. Love triangles can be both annoying and exciting, but when their written realistically they can be brilliant plot devices. Most of the time though they're juvenile, annoying and so frustrating!
One of my favourite writing/plot devices? Changing POVs. For example, I love George R. R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series and I love how there are so many different POV chapters, which means we get to see the story unfolding through different characters eyes, see their true feelings and intentions etc. Done properly it is exciting and interesting. Done wrong it can be totally confusing.