Today I want to talk about something that bothers me the more I read it: lack of communication.
I’ve mentioned this pet peeve of mine before and my annoyance has shown up in many of my reviews (The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter, What It’s Worth by Karey White, True by Erin McCarthy, Emblaze by Jessica Shirvington and the worst one of all, From Ashes by Molly McAdams, are just a few of the offenders) and recently it made the list of my Top 15 Book Related Confessions.
I don’t know if I’m just noticing it more, but it seems that it’s really become excessive in the books I’ve read recently. I understand that to have a good book, you need a conflict, otherwise it would be boring, but surely there are other ways to write in some excitement?
I know secrecy happens between people in real life, but certainly not to the extent that happens in these books. In From Ashes, the book literally would have been maybe 5 pages if the 2 main characters had simply spoken to one another. But no, they kept thinking irrational and incorrect things about each other, and it dragged on and on.
Think about your past relationships (both romantic and otherwise), and really think about the things you kept from each other. Were they truly huge, or were they maybe little white lies? Did you talk to each other about the tough stuff, even if it made you a little uncomfortable?
It’s a plot device, pure and simple, and I’m over it. It’s time for characters to lay it all out and tell each other what they’re thinking. Imagine what great conversations could be had if they actually discussed their feelings with each other, or talked about their plans, desires or wants. What great novels there would be, with actual discussions instead of silly and convenient misunderstandings.
Do you feel the same way, or do you not mind the misunderstandings that happen between characters? Do you appreciate the situations that arise when one character isn’t telling the other the whole truth? Can you help me see your point of view?