31 August 2012

A tale of annoying punctuation marks


Don't trust these punctuation marks, they are not as innocent as they look!!!
Sometimes little things can annoy me when reading a book. Of course these little things are often more noticeable when I struggle with a book. A few days ago I started with reading the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson, but realized after a few chapters that his writing style and his way to create characters and worlds were not for me, so I stopped reading the book. It happens from time to time that an author's writing style just doesn't work for me, I'm used to it and it's nothing that special anymore.

But one thing about the version of "Maximum Ride: Angel Experiment" I read was special, unfortunately not in a good way. In the book the font that was chosen, and especially the way the commas, question marks and apostrophes looked, annoyed me more than should be possible. Because hello, it's just a font! But something about these little punctuation marks drove me crazy. Ok, maybe the headache I had while reading also added some annoyance, but still the punctuation marks made it hard for me to get into a good reading flow, they made it hard for me to get lost into the story. Whenever I was reading the punctuation marks leaped to my eyes, at times all I could concentrate on was them.

And yes, the picture above shows the punctuation marks that annoyed me. They look perfectly fine and innocent, but something about them just drives me crazy! I know that some of you might think that I'm a little crazy because I can get annoyed by punctuation marks, but sometimes little things can annoy me while reading. Be it the font, the text colour or the page size. Of course I notice all these things more when I have trouble with reading a book. I'm sure I read and loved some other books with evil fonts and punctuation marks before, but because I loved the author's writing style I didn't care so much about technical details, I just enjoyed the story and got lost in it.

Have you ever been annoyed by the font of a book? Or by anything similar to it? Please tell me that I'm not the only one who is a little crazy. ;)

8 comments:

  1. I must admit those punctuation marks are a little weird, though I'm not sure if I would have found it as disturbing as you did. What I personally hate is something else entirely - text that doesn't flush left and right (Blocksatz). It's strange to read such a book, plus it's amateurish to format a book in flush-left if you ask me.

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    1. I can see how that might be annoying. Maybe that's something that will bother me sometimes too. I also don't like it when they use a special font for handwritten passages that you can barely read.

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  2. I've never been bothered by a font, but what I find really, really annoying are extremely thin pages. It makes it almost impossible to turn the page/to turn only one page and I usually get so irritated that I have to take breaks while reading and that makes it hard to get into the story. If it's a really great book I'm not that aware of things like that, but you're right, if I'm already struggling with the book little things can make it even harder.

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    1. Thin pages are something that also annoys me, it gives the book a cheap feeling and that should never happen.

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  3. Is it because they're not 'curly'? I can't say it's ever happened to me though! I wonder if it'll be more noticeable now...

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    1. Maybe that's why. I can't pinpoint what annoyed me exactly, but something is not "right".

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  4. Oh goodness!! I couldn't finish it either. I'd hoped to love it but WOW!

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    1. Exactly, I wanted to love it but it just didn't work for me.

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