What things in bad writing do you just really despise? Bad SPAG, poor characterization, flat dialogue, needless sex and gore? Please rant, we all have out spittle shields up and at the ready. For one, I despise books that open like this: <opening actions of the character (ie getting ready for school, or getting beaten up by some bully)> <Long, whiny, and detailed history of how the character's life sucks because his parents died, his little sister got raped at the orphanage, his foster parents beat him, his classmates are mean to him, and he's a whiny emo crybaby cutter who no one could sympathize with> Lots of teenage writers today, particularly male ones, seem to think that the best way to get readers to sympathize with your character is to have his life SUCK SUCK SUCK, and then make him a total mental case. This is NOT TRUE, or at least, in a good world it wouldn't be. Characters like this are annoying two-dimensional facades with all their lives shown on the table and no room for mystery or character development other than having their self-mutilation problems get worse. I'm sorry, but I can not rant enough about crappy characters like these. If you write a story where the protagonist actually has a good background for the most part, it doesn't mean that it's a horrible story, and it doesn't mean you can't throw a tiny smattering of tragedy in just cuz. It means that you're someone who's not afraid to break from the norm or write something that isn't a totally unlovable piece of crap. Have some shame, for cripes' sake! ... ....alright, I'm done. Sorry 'bout that, I just really do hate those things. So what kinds of writing do you hate, and why? Rant away!