I've been compiling a list of pet peeves lately because (like most people's) they're kinda quirky and therefore might make someone laugh...or realize they're not alone.
I've said before that I have a natural aversion for non fiction. To me non fiction = boooooring. I know that's a tremendous disservice to tons of fantastic books, but I can't help how I'm wired. But now, thanks to NPR, I think I know why I am the way I am.
It's the colon's fault.
To be clear we're talking about this guy --> : <-- not the first half of colonoscopy.
I love listening to NPR. I especially enjoy listening to interviews with writers, musicians, or other artists. I always learn something new and worthy of repeating (ie, "did you know...").
They help me sound way smarter than I am.
Anyhow, I can't tell you lately how many interviews I'll listen to and I'll think to myself: wow, that sounds like a really interesting book. I'll have to check that out.
But then they tell me the title and I run screaming from the room.
Really. I look like this:
Please tell me why the Title Creation Committees are so addicted to the colon. It's a serious problem. Don't believe me? Check out this random page from Amazon. Almost every single book on that page has a : in the title.
Don't they know that those two stacked dots totally kill any desire I have to read a book? Here's a perfect example. I heard part of an interview with this author the other day. Smart guy. I came in half way, so I only heard part of it, but it was chock full of interesting information and I was actually thinking about checking it out. Then they told me the title: (<-- uh oh, that totally slipped through).