This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
Caroline Hogg has worked in publishing for almost ten years. She is Senior Commissioning Editor for Commercial Women's Fiction at Pan Macmillan.
This week a Novelicious reader asks:
What are your pet peeves in women's fiction?
Caroline says: For me, it’s cartoon characters. Not of the Disney kind, but of the predictable, 2D kind you sometimes find in commercial fiction. I want to read about a character who feels real, who I could imagine going to the pub with (this applies to romantic heroes too, of course!) or who reminds me of someone I know. I don’t want a character who feels like a string of clichés or well-worn traits; I don’t necessarily want gritty realism in every book I read but I certainly don’t want a patronisingly cartoonish character in my pursuit of a great, fun read. Entertaining does not equal shallow.