Pet peeve time again!
So, I’m reading a book and suddenly I’m hit with this; Jennifer couldn’t let Paul die. Her hand reached for him.
Or maybe it’s this; Jennifer had to get away fast. Her feet started down the narrow alley.
See the irk? See the splinter stuck under my thumbnail?
Sentient limbs! Jennifer’s hand having a mind of its own to reach for Paul. Her feet deciding to run away.
Limbs are not sentient! (Well, except for in that cool Angel episode where the guy’s hands and eyes and stuff could detach and go and kill and spy on people until Angel and co totally wiped the floor with him). There’s no need to write about her hands doing or her feet doing… just write about Jennifer doing.
Examples for the sentences above; Jennifer couldn’t let Paul die. She reached for him.
And; Jennifer had to get away fast. She dashed down the alley.
Tell me writery folk and editors. Tell me fellow readers. Do sentient limbs annoy the hell out of you too?