22. My Least Favorite Plot Device In A Book

Authors writing themselves into their book.

There isn’t much that will get me to quit a book after the first 100 pages. But I can tell you that as soon as a character with the same name as the author arrives, I’m done.  Some authors may think it’s cute; I think it’s a cop-out. I also think their editor just went along with it so they could be done with the author already. Here are excerpts from two of the standout novels I’ve read that have resorted to this device:

Snow by Orhan Pamuk

The author made himself a character in his own story. I just don’t like that. I always wonder if they ran out of ideas and put themselves in because it was the easiest way to take control of the plot.

My Little Blue Dress by Bruno Maddox

The author wrote himself into the story. That tells me right there that he knew his book was crap.



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