Dishing with Dee….Reoccurring Characters and descriptions

20 Jul

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So originally when I thought about the idea of Dishing with Dee, I wanted to talk about things in books (etc) that bugged me and I did for a while and then got distracted with other stuff. But never fear, I’m back. Today I wanted to talk about descriptions of frequently reoccurring characters in book series – I’m talking the characters who show up in every book in the series (or a significant amount) – they may not play a key role, but they are present. Case in point, I am trying to tackle some of the audiobooks I have bought over the years and since it was short, I picked up Haunted in Death to listen to.

Now this audiobook was number 22.5 in the series (yes, you read that right!). So I was kind of disappointed in the fact that every time one of these reoccurring characters made an appearance (I’m talking about Ian McNab/Dr Mira), the author felt the need to tell us who they were, like we were brand new readers and it was really frustrating to me. Mostly because I felt, at times, like the mystery took a backseat to some of these descriptive portions. At the same time, I understand that authors have to walk a fine-line between being descriptive (in case someone not familiar with the series is reading) and just going with the flow (for people who have been invested in the series for a while). And unfortunately, it wasn’t just this installment in the series that I’ve noticed it but all of them (either novels or novellas) contain similar scenes.

Admittedly, its not enough for me to give up on reading the series, because I do enjoy it – but it is a pet peeve of mine.


Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Dishing with Dee


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4 responses to “Dishing with Dee….Reoccurring Characters and descriptions

  1. Lance

    July 20, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Admittedly, I am about 180 degrees away from your opinion – I very much appreciate character descriptions in a series of books. Very often I find myself reading an edition that is not the first one, and I appreciate the description. If I have read the series from the start, no problem – I’ll skim through the paragraphs or pages with information on characters I already know. No loss to me, as it doesn’t affect the storyline (at least most of the time – I rarely have encountered the problem you stated about the mystery/story taking a backseat), and it is helpful for those readers who didn’t come in from the start.

    • Dee

      July 20, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      maybe it is because this is the 22nd book in the series – i don’t mind it as much in others – but i also don’t find it to be as in my face when it comes to the descriptors – its more worked into the writing/current plot

  2. Alison

    July 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    I can understand how that can be annoying but I sometimes appreciate it. Typically it can be months between me reading books in a series so I always appreciate a quick reminder of the characters (and what’s going on in the story if need be).

    • Dee

      July 23, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      I think i could deal with a quick reminder – like Dr Mira, the criminal/forensic psychologist to the NYPSD, but in this instance it was like Dr mira, known for y=xyz, who likes to wear power suits (insert today’s color) with random musing about how she manages to look so put together all the time – does that make sense?


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