I am not an entirely generous reader, as should now be entirely clear. And, as such, I have gathered a tidy collection of…are they literary tropes? Not really. Habits? Sort of. I don't know what to call them, other than Things That Bug Me.
This is all evidence of the stingy bitterness of my heart, but there you go.
1) Did you know that the light from those stars took thousands of/millions of light years to get here? Those stars might not even be there anymore, we're seeing the light from long ago.
OK, I know. The weird thing with this one is that it pops up in many otherwise excellent books, and even so it never fails to drive me up a wall. It shows up SO MANY TIMES! It feels like Deepness Lite™. Get a sense of mortality and existential dread with just one quick mention!
2) The eskimos have over 50/60/100/whatever words for snow, but we only have one word for love/fear/whatever.
First of all, I don't even think this is true. Second of all, even if it is I don't care because every drop of meaning has long been squeezed out of this fake-fact by repeated mentions.
3) The Chinese character for crisis actually contains the word opportunity.
OK, to be fair, this is more of a terrible thing people say in the world of work, but I have spied its hideous lying form in books as well, and I want to say: NO. This is not true, and even if it is, I don't care.
Boy, don't I seem in a cranky mood today? I promise, I will cleanse my mind and heart of nastiness before I return. But before I do, because misery does, in fact, love company, are there any of these that plague you? And will you tell me them in the comments, so I can feel like I'm not the only crab around?