Friday, October 26, 2012

Feature & Follow #6


Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read.
The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community.

I'm this week's feature!!!
Hooray!

You can check out my interview below:


When did you start blogging?

Well this little baby has only been in operation Since August, I decided since I was going to be a professional author ;) that I needed a website. The poor thing gets neglected a lot due to all the time it takes to run my review site Book Me!

What is your favorite part of book blogging?

 Well, on my other site it's partaking in memes and visiting the lovely followers I've made. I've formed some very close friendships with some terrific girls and I'm so thankful to have them in my cyber-life. Carmen Jenner.com is so new but I'm hoping to be able to really use this site as a writing tool. Eventually I'd like to be build a fanbase, post snippets of stories I'm working on, as well as some flash fiction and not just use it as a place where I say, "Oh look, I write books, you can buy them here." 

 What is your favorite book(s)?

There are way too many! I'm a sucker for an Armentrout book, I'll read and love anything by her. But I think my favourite would be Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. That book almost killed me! It was absolutely devastating and so courageous of Tabitha to tackle such a taboo subject, especially in YA. I remember reading the synopsis and thinking, "What would possess anyone to write that, and I wonder whether she pulls it off?" I had to read it immediately, and I'm so glad I did. It's weird how one little fiction book can teach you so much.

What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?

Being published, without a doubt. I started blogging on Book Me! just to have somewhere to vent after I'd read a book, none of my friends are particularly Bookish people, and since I spent so much time reading and writing, I really felt like I was missing out on some sort of vital connection. I never really grasped just how big the book blogging community was until I started doing the Feature Follow. I'd been working for years at my writing, but it's the writing to an audience that's really helped me hone my voice and have the courage to seek publication.



Q: What writing device or trick most irritates you when reading a book? For example, if an author employs an omnipotent narrator that is sometimes considered bad form.

Third person narrative!

There's a few little writing tricks that annoy the holy bejebbies out of me, the first is definitely a Third Person Narrative! Before Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series,  a Third Person narrative used to send me running for the hills. Now I can tolerate it a little more, but I still find it such an impersonal way of conveying a character's story. I know, I know, there are millions of authors that write this way everyday and their books are a huge success, it's certainly easier to cover all your bases with a TPN and to follow multiple story lines that the protagonist may not be present for, but to me it's a writing style that really lacks emotion. 



A big, huge thank you to the lovely girls who make this meme possible, Alison and Rachel!
You Ladies are incredible for bringing all of us bloggers together to share in the love!





 I adore new followers, drop by my FF on Book Me!  and I'll be   
  sure to follow you back! And don't forget to enter into my giveaway for the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop. Click here to win a Paperback of FEAR: A Modern Anthology of Horror and Terror Volumes 1 & 2

What's your FF this week?
Don't forget to get Commenty-with-it below!


59 comments:

  1. I think I prefer first person but I don't think third person has ever bothered me. Geez for some reason I can't think of anything that stands out to me that drives me nuts.

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  2. It's funny - I tend to rely on first person when writing, but prefer third person when reading.

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  3. New follower! I have no problem with third person though! It's fine by me!

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  4. Hopping through. Congrats on being the feature! I prefer first person, but I don't usually mind third person.
    My Hop

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  5. I agree! I usually detest 3rd person narration but Cassandra Clare's books are one of the few exceptions to that.
    Here's my FF

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  6. Old follower, congrats on the feature and just hopping by the FF. Here's my link

    PageGirlsPageofBookReviews

    Thanks

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  7. Congrats on being featured! I prefer first person, but if the stories good, then third person is OK!!

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

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  8. Congrats on being featured. Good luck with your writing adventures!

    My F&F

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  9. Congrats on the feature!! I love your page! How the book is my cursor and how the follow me links spin!! I want that too!!

    Great answer, BTW, I prefer 1st person though, but have read some 3rd person stuff and find it a little difficult to follow too.

    Here's My FF!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
    New Follower :)

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  10. I'm sorry you haven't found many third person narratives that convey emotions sufficiently. :( Congratulations on being the feature, though!
    New follower. My FF: http://moonlit-librarian.blogspot.com/2012/10/feature-and-follow-friday-october-26.html

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  11. I agree writing style that lacks emotion is not good, I read a book that would have been a best seller if there was some emotion not just facts, play by play.
    New Follower
    Krista
    http://bookreviewclub.blogspot.com/2012/10/feature-follow.html

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  12. Yay! You're the feature! :) Old follower....I don't care for cliffhangers, but mostly I hate anything that happens due to coincidence. I like logical steps to a conclusion.

    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

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  13. Congrats on being featured!! And I see what you're saying. But third person doesn't really bother me.

    My FF

    New follower via GFC!

    PS: I love the little book mouseover too! SO CUTE! <3

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  14. Congrats on the featured blog honor! I love your blog so I am glad you were chosen :) I also used to hate third person narrative but after reading a few really good books in third person it has grown on me. I still prefer first person because you are right there in the MC's head feeling everything they are feeling. Thanks for sharing.

    Peace & Love

    Crystal @ YA SOCIETY

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  15. Congrats on the feature! Third person never really bothered me. I don't tend to focus too much on the POV when I'm reading but I've always been a strange one :)

    I'm a new follower.

    My FF

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  16. I know what you mean about the Third Person POV, while its normally my favourite style I have seen it abused. I have just finished a book that was written this way and it came off sounding like the Descriptive Video on Television for the visually impaired.
    New Follower
    Iona MacNeil
    http://adventitiousreading.blogspot.ca/

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  17. I myself prefer the first person POV : Makes me relate more with the character!
    Congrats on being featured!
    New follower :)
    My post - F&F: Lit Tropes
    Addie @ READioactive Book Blog

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  18. Congrats for being featured!
    Here's my FF.
    Have a great day!
    *New GFC follower. :)

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  19. Congrats on being the feature this week! Old follower :)

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  20. I agree, third person narrative decreases emotion, but only if done poorly, I think.

    Congrats on being featured! New GFC follower :)

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

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  21. Third person POV is really nice if it's well written. Really good answer!

    New follower here! :)

    Congrats on being featured! Glad I came across your blog. Really cool stuff. :)

    My Feature & Follow Friday

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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  22. I prefer first person but I will read any P.O.V as long as it's done well. My boyfriends mother refuses to read anything in first person, it's third person or nothing for her!

    New follower. :)

    My FF

    Myra @ Pieces of Whimsy

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  23. Congratulations on being featured! =)

    I'm a new follower.

    Rinn (My FF)

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  24. Congrats on being featured!!
    New follower :)
    Check out MY FF

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  25. Round of applause on the feature! *old follower*

    I'm not a fan of third person narration either... As a character-driven reader, it just feels impersonal...

    My FF

    Keely @ Realms of an Open Mind

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  26. Congrats on the feature! I agree I find third person narratives to be less emotional!
    New follower!
    FF

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  27. Congrats on being a feature! New GFC follower :)

    I never used to be a huge fan of third person narrative... but I've actually grown to love it. :) Great answer!

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  28. Third person narratives bother me sometimes, but they bother me more when the story switches from third to first or vice versa.

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  29. I see many people share my distaste for a third person POV. I hate it too, it feels stuffy reading a novel written in third person POV, and usually in the situation of a third person view we have no funny jokes from characters at all. It takes the fun right out of the book which is supposed to be an entertainment. Of course I have read books written in a third person view, it's everywhere and mostly found in MG books, some are good, the narrative voice was less serious but some are just... painful... My head hurts just to wrap around an idea about who the character really is. Did he/she like reading? Or a more outdoorsy type? These would be easily explained and introduced if we are getting the story from the character's head.

    New follower on GFC, here's my FF

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  30. New Twitter follower!

    My F&F - http://bookbloggermom.blogspot.com/2012/10/feature-and-follow-11.html

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  31. Heey
    I agree, third person narrative can be very annoying, although I don't really like first person narrative either. Congrats on being a feature and what I have really appreciated about blogging is finding all the other bloggers as well! Hop on over if you have the time:
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  32. What an interesting way to look at it! I've never even thought of that before. I wonder if it will change the way I read books now...

    Anyway, congrats on being featured! I'm a new follower. Here's my blog!
    www.bibliographyblog.com

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  33. I love third person narration when it's done well. I feel like it's harder to do as well, but I'm more appreciative of a book I loved in 3rd person. I suppose I just feel like first person narration usually always helps the reader connect, so I give 3rd person narrative way more credit.
    Good answer.
    Congrats on being featured! New follower via GFC. Here's my FF: http://meganm922.blogspot.com/2012/10/feature-and-follow-fridaywriting-tricks.html

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  34. New follower here! :) I can't wait to see what you do with this site in the future in terms of your writing. I'll be stopping by your review site next. Happy Reading!
    Cherie Reads

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  35. New follower. Congrats on being featured!

    http://www.thefeatherandtherose.blogspot.com/2012/10/follow-friday.html

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  36. Congrats on the feature! Your blog is adorable! I'm a huge fan of third person narration even though I understand what you mean about the way that it portrays emotion. New GFC, Twitter, and Goodreads follower.

    Happy Friday!
    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

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  37. Congrats on being featured! Very cute blog, new follower via GFC and I'm going to visit your book blog right after I leave :)

    Interesting answer, I have always preferred third person narration but I understand your point that it can come off less personal. Thanks for sharing!

    Here's my FFF

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

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  38. Congrats on the feature! Green with envy :-)

    Old follower.

    Christina @ Ensconced in YA
    My FF

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  39. Congrats on the Feature.
    I agree with you to some extent, as sometimes I find the 1st person view so restrictive, not knowing so much, and if the author never does anther POV, then its really restrictive. It just depends on the author I suppose.
    Here is my FF

    FYI, your CAPTCHA is on, if you were not a feature I would not have commented (I have to get help with it, as I can't ever seem to get it)

    FF Post

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  40. Congrats on being a feature, liked the interview.
    Love the look of your site :)
    New follower via GFC
    Kristerrn @ BetweenTheLines -WithK

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  41. Great answers! Congrats on being a featured blogger this week!
    I'm not quite sure what narrative I prefer. Probably third person but first person narrative written well can also be effective :)

    New follower via GFC!
    Becca @ Lost in Thought
    http://lostinthought-becca.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/feature-follow-3.html

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  42. Good answer. I agree. I used to hate third person narrative but since TMI, I can tolerate it.

    Old follower. Check out my FF :)

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  43. Great answer! Congrats on being featured!

    New follower.

    My FF

    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

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  44. Congrats on being the feature!

    I used to prefer third person narrators but now I prefer first person.

    New follower! My follow friday! Please visit!

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  45. Congrats on the Feature Carmen! Old follower here.

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  46. I'm an old follower who wants to congratulate you on being featured this week! Have a happy reading weekend!

    The Scarf Princess

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  47. New follower, hopping through. Congrats on the feature! :)
    Sarah's YA Blog

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  48. Congrats on getting featured!
    New follower, please check out my FF post

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  49. Just finished saying congrats on your Book Me blog...so I'll say it again....Congratulations on being featured! :P Old GFC Follower...thanks for stopping by my blog, FF buddy !
    My FF
    ~Caitlin :)

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  50. Congratulations on being featured! Third person has never really bothered me :)

    Here is my FF post.
    Lauren @ Northern Plunder

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  51. Hi Carmen, Nice blogg. Please follow mine: www.theandaluins.blogspot.com
    Thanks!

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  52. Hi Carmen,
    Congrats on being featured! I like first and third, but it depends upon the book. :)
    Jodie
    A Blog Hop for Books

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