Welcome to my refreshed Monday Peeve! Unburden yourself of an annoyance and you’ll feel better afterward. Or not. Complain in my comments or crab in your own post. Doesn’t have to be on a Monday. You do you.
I’ve complained about this before, but not on an official Monday Peeve, so it’s fair game. Writing is hard, no disagreement there, but I find it incredibly lazy when plots are continually driven by coincidences. I don’t mind a few sprinkled throughout, but when every twist and turn is due to a misplaced letter or an overheard conversation, it just gets on my nerves.
Currently, I’m watching Downton Abbey, which is a series on Prime about an aristocratic English family and their servants in the early part of the 20th century. I’m enjoying it overall and am on Season 3 out of 6, but sometimes I get annoyed with all the overheard convos and opportune glimpses. The main plot points are carried forward in this way, beginning with S1e1, and it’s too bad that the writer/s couldn’t have come up with more creative devices.
Romance novels are often the same, with our hero/heroine overhearing a snippet of chat as they wander in the gardens, then they leap to an incorrect conclusion, etc. It’s so irritating!
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