I was ranting at Jen the other day (what a surprise!) about a real peeve I have with some of the m/m fiction I’ve been reading lately.
Now it could be that I’ve been reading a LOT of m/m recently or it could be associated with the editting (or sometimes lack thereof) of ebooks other bloggers have discussed. Regardless, it annoys me so I’m going to
bitch chat about it. *So there!*
What the hell is Kris whinging about now?? It’s third person omniscient (thanks to English teacher Mumma for telling me what the POV was) is what it is.
It seriously shits me no end when I read a book in which there is a Grand Canyon-sized difference in tone/voice between the way the character talks and the way they think.
Let me ask you this… how is a reader meant to be convinced by a story where a character talks like he comes from a farm in the US somewhere and yet he thinks like a 60-year old academic?? WTF!
I’m not saying a character has to think with an accent or anything, but that kind of juxtaposition is jarring to the extreme and I personally find it really difficult to connect with a story written this way.
Has anyone else noticed or is it a me thing? What do others think about inconsistencies like this? Authors, is it really that hard to keep track of tone/voice?
As always, your input is appreciated.