We all been there – reading phrases in books over and over, and over again. Rolling our eyes so hard that our eyeballs hurt – no, just me? Is there a universal “overused phrases” dictionary that authors constantly pull from? Here are some of the few that I find most annoying.
- “She/he released a breath she/he didn’t know she/he was holding.” – judging by the amount of unreleased breaths I am surprised those characters are still alive. I would suffocated long ago!
- “I am not particularly pretty… I am not like those other girls…” (meanwhile she is like the hottest girl in the book) – I absolutely hate this phrase. The next book that uses it just gets the DNF bucket!
- “My yes roved over his toned abs…his toned abs were visible through his shirt…he was toned and firm, like a greek god” – If I had a penny every time I read that in a book I’d be so rich right now. I’m sorry but where do all of those male characters find time to work out? When all they do is brood and hit on the female characters? Also, do normal looking males not exist in the book world? Are they send to the chopper because they don’t have hard pecks and their figure is not god-like? If female characters get representation of all body figures then I feel like males should get it too.
- “He was talking, but all she could think of was his lips, how she wanted to kiss him…” – apparently none of the female main characters can keep it in their pants when one of those hard-peck-godlike-bodied-boys come along. And it doesn’t matter that they literally just met – she just wants his lips!
- “And before I knew it we were kissing, tumbling with each other, his hands rowing my body, grasping for breath…” – yada, yada, yada, I feel like every romantic scene in every book I recently have read was the same. It’s like copy and paste! Maybe that’s why I prefer no romance in books at all?
Those are all I can think of right now. PLEASE comments phrases that annoy you in books – I’d love to read it!