Saturday, February 4, 2012

Follow Friday - You Have Forty-Six Chromosomes. Unless You're a Mutant. Or a Chimpanzee.

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - Progress and Procrastination and Omnom Books.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they all have a kick ass heroine or is the hot love interest the Alpha Male?

My reading tastes are fairly varied (although heavily slanted towards science fiction and fantasy), so I have read and enjoyed books with almost every imaginable configuration of characters, settings, and plots. But my favorite books all feature characters that take the initiative and aren't portrayed as being brilliant while they do obviously stupid things. And this doesn't just apply to the protagonists. If you put a villain in your book, tout him as some kind of evil mastermind, and then have him try to execute a plan that a trio of first graders could poke gaping holes in during their lunch period, well, I'm not going to think too highly of your book. It is okay for characters that are supposed to be slow-witted to routinely do stupid things, but if a character is supposed to be smart, then they should be smart.

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  1. Hah. Love your answer. I hate it when girls are touted to be all caring and intelligent and then do everything but. PNR books mostly!
    I'm a new follower.

  2. @Varsha Dinesh: Yeah. I always find it disconcerting when an author tells me that a character has a certain array of characteristics but then doesn't manage to actually write the character that way.

  3. Hello! I am a new follower!! Found you via the blog hop! Can't wait to read your posts!


  4. @ClaireLouise: Nice to meet you. I hope you enjoy my material. Hopping over to follow you back.