Everybody Hates Mathematics
is a Pet-Peeve Trope
in Real Life
for me. I see too many (usually female) people around me who seem to think it's cool
to be horrible at math.
In fiction, it's probably You Fail Engineering Forever
that grinds my gears the most. (I rewrote most of that article some time ago - check it out!) I'm studying to be an engineer myself and I require any machine, fictional or not, to make sense
Also, Poor Communication Kills
(and on a related note, the "Fawlty Towers" Plot
). I hate, hate, hate
it when things go wrong because of misunderstandings, both in fiction and in Real Life
. Let things go wrong because of the bad guys, because of Finagle's Law
, because of plain stupidity or Pride
on the main characters' part... but not because of misunderstandings. This is also why I prefer honesty and bluntness over 'respecting someone's feelings' at almost all times.
For related reasons, Guile Heroes
tend to annoy me. If there has to be a real "hero" character at all - which I think is definitely not always the case
- then I prefer him to be an upright person who is very open and honest about whom and what he is fighting for, not some slick trickster who gets his way through manipulation and deceit. As we Dutch like to say, I want my hero to 'fight with an open visor'.
(And yes, I used masculine pronouns. I prefer male heroes in fiction. Sue me.
edited 15th Jun '12 7:31:55 AM by MidnightRambler