Right. On to my first topic, which is...(drum roll)
I'm not talking about repetition for effect, here. In fact, I'm all for it. Sometimes repeting things can get a point across like nothing else. Often, pulling a repetition trifecta can balance things nicely. What I am talking about is egregious overuse of the same damned thing for no good reason at all.
Today We're Picking On: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
(I know, I know, really original with the Twilight bashing. But, honestly, it's the best example I've got.) Draw close, kids, and let us take a closer look at Bella and her relationship with pain.
Bella is constantly engaged in internal monologue about her pain and the pain she's causing everyone else. After a paragraph or two of -- I can't stand causing him pain, but if I do something else, someone else is in pain, and their pain causes me pain. It's so painful. My dad's in pain, too. I'm going to cause him more pain when I do what I've decided to do, but I'm going to do it anyway. But it's going to be painful. To me. Or to him. Or both. Wait...what were we talking about? Oh yeah, pain. You know what's painful? Falling down a lot. I do that too. Because, you know, it's not enough to have mental pain, you have to have physical pain, too. Why, just this morning, I tripped over a perfectly smooth patch of air. Wanna see my scratches? Wait. No. Don't look. I don't want you to see my pain. -- I want to sever my head from my body. You know, to stop the pain.
Seriously, after the first two or three times, we've got it. Even some of those who've enjoyed these books, and I count myself among them (stop judging me), get sick of this after a while. Leave the poor dead horse alone. We don't need to turn it to glue right here and now.
So what about you folks? Are there any books that you feel abuse the repetition privelege? Once again, feel free to leave your own