I’m about 60 pages into Jen Trynin’s book Everything I’m Cracked Up to Be, and so far it’s a pretty engaging, quick read. However, it would be a roughly 1.4 times quicker read if I wasn’t so busy editing every single line of her dialog. She’s like the attribution queen. Plus, the book is written in first person present tense, which doesn’t bug me except when I’m inundated with 49 “says” on one page.
I’m not kidding. I rewrite every line of dialog in my head, effectively reading it twice. Once the way she has written it with:
“Blah, blah, blah,” So and so says, and then does something. “Blah, blah. blah.”
“Oh yadda yadda,” Such and such says, and then does something. “Blah bah blab.”
“Wubba, Wubba,” So and so says.
Then once again after I’ve made the little delete lasso through the attribution in my head and shoved some words together so it reads like this:
“Blah, blah, blah.” So and so does something. “Blah, blah. blah.”
“Oh yadda yadda.” Such and such does something. “Blah bah blab.”
It’s a sickness. I wish I could turn it off, but I can’t. I’m even starting to annoying myself a little.
It’s OK, you’re starting to annoying me a little too.