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Are there any phrases that you find so cliche you roll your eyes and almost stop reading?

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Posted on May 3, 2012 10:24:33 AM PDT
KateE says:
I hate when a historical book or memoir says: "He could not know that years later {something particular] would happen." OF COURSE he could not know. NONE of us can know!
I respect such books when the events in them spill out naturally, and we live with doubts, fears, hopes for the future as they occurred to the individuals involved.
Thanks for this opportunity to vent.

Posted on May 3, 2012 10:30:23 AM PDT
I've mentioned this once before on another forum. I am stopped from going forward in a book if the hero or heroine bites his/her lip a second time. Usually it's used to describe a female. The most pathetic was "she bit her UPPER lip".

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 11:17:57 AM PDT
Love to Read says:
Patricia, don't ever venture into the world of "Fifty" - you will throw the book (worst yet, your kindle) against the wall.

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 11:22:51 AM PDT
Splinker says:
That is so hot.

Posted on May 3, 2012 11:56:02 AM PDT
Love to Read says:
Okay, that was funny...

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 2:30:49 AM PDT
Alina says:
Thus causing all readers of this thread to try to bite their upper lips and lead them to wonder about the apparently undiasgnosed class III maloclussion suffered by the author.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 3:59:01 PM PDT
I'm with you on that Love to Read, Hotness/hot/hottie has way outlived its time.

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 4:02:03 PM PDT
Certainly it leaves me cold, these days.

Posted on May 4, 2012 4:46:46 PM PDT
"A quick second" drives me up the wall. They are all quick. I also hate "early dawn". I never saw a late one. I have mixed feelings about "a long minute" because although they usually contain sixty seconds some of them do seem to last a lifetime.

Posted on May 4, 2012 6:09:11 PM PDT
Love to Read says:
I thought of another one that I keep running into and I just shake my head and hope they don't mention it again (they always do however) : "He/she smiled, but it did not reach their eyes" - I say, give it a second damn it!

(Sorry y'all, I get upset sometimes)

Posted on May 4, 2012 7:34:27 PM PDT
And how about these: I just read them in the same excerpt:
...a haunted past, and her domineering mother...

Posted on May 4, 2012 7:42:32 PM PDT
abbyshire says:
Someone needs to add a scorching-hot butter churn scene to Max's story....

Posted on May 5, 2012 2:20:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2012 5:07:35 AM PDT
Alina says:
A bad sex writing challenge? I'm in...

"Don't look at me" Max shrieked as he brutally turned away from Chastity. He felt himself spinning out of control as if the floor had dropped away beneath him. The sexual arousal he had felt with Chastity, and only her, had brought on the ensparkelling. Soon he would transform into that creature most loathed and hunted by man - a vampire. Max felt a prick on his lips as his fangs descended. Chastity gasped. In a quick second she had seen Max's eyes turn from the limpid pools of fire with which he usually gazed at her to something she couldn't quite put her finger on - yellow irises and cat like pupils. Yet she knew, with every fibre of her being, that she too wanted to feel a prick on her lips.

"Get out of here, you're not safe, I don't trust myself, no woman can understand me due to my haunted past" Max croaked. "Oh, Max" Chastity breathed "I've never felt like this with any other man". He felt her full, pert breasts pressed against his manly [hairy/smooth depending on preference] chest. His member throbbed. They felt a tidal wave of passion crash over them. Chastity bit her lip. Then Max bit her lip. Before they knew it they were consumed by a maelstrom of desire, not of their own making.

Max used his vampire super-strength to literally tear the clothes from Chastity's body. They knew that there was no going back. As Max's love pump entered Chastity's butterfly it was as if a spark of electricity were exchanged between their moist, speleological loins. Suddenly it was as if they both had entered an enchanted realm that showed them the wisdom of the ages as their passion reached a crescendo and they both had an ennobling, but brain-damagingly intense, mutual orgasm. It was everything Chastity hoped it would be.

"So what do you think of my fangs? Are they big enough for you?" Max purred in the warm afterglow. "I think they're cute" Chastity said, then knitted her brow as her mobile phone rang.

Huh, huh? I think we can agree it's post-coital cigarette time all round.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 2:37:15 AM PDT
Jim Webster says:
is it safe to open my eyes now?

Posted on May 5, 2012 3:59:44 AM PDT
I once was in a library with a dear friend. I grabbed a nook and opened the flap, read the first sentence and put it back on the shelf. Since it was a book she was interested in she wanted to know what was wrong with it. The promlem was that the first line of the preview said "In this UNFATHOMABLE series of events...." I just have a problem with people using that word to describe a series of events that they imagined. My friend told me I was ridiculous, laughed at my "ways", and read the book. Maybe it was just me but it sure struck me the wrong way.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 4:08:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2012 4:10:02 AM PDT
Sirena says:
Oh, I'm so glad you got the knitted eyebrows in. Very literary. D.H. Lawrence would be so proud.

And the rest was hilarious. Well done!

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 5:10:10 AM PDT
Alina says:
No, it's not safe to open your eyes, it's still a work in progress, I purr lustily.

Posted on May 5, 2012 6:20:59 AM PDT
I'm on my second cold shower of the day.

I blame you lot....

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 6:24:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2012 6:24:38 AM PDT
Alina says:
That is so hot.

Posted on May 5, 2012 6:26:40 AM PDT
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Posted on May 5, 2012 7:02:05 AM PDT
Jim Webster says:
damn, there's a queue for the cold shower

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 7:14:15 AM PDT
SCGranny says:
I'm laughing and agreeing to most of the posts but your "I'm not a butter churn", takes the cake! BTW, what do we do with the cake when we get it?

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 7:15:15 AM PDT
How about he/she "padded" across the room. (used when characters are barefoot.)

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 8:06:17 AM PDT
Purely for interest and research, SCGranny, what do you normally do with cake?

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 8:07:51 AM PDT
Jim Webster says:
I do hope her answer is good enough to fit into the next book!
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