Having a quick Google I can’t seem to find anything else about this so I’m not sure if it is just me being picky or if this is a genuine thing that riles other people up, maybe so much so that they just implode and don’t think to take to the internet to complain….yeah right.
I have recently started reading The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chonicle and in this book (without spoiling too much) the main character gets into such a state that he is really ill, and he fades in and out of sleep only hearing the really interesting snippets of conversation that move the plot forward and spending enough time in his feverish stupor that time passes quite quickly moving onto the next plot point.
Now personally I think this is really lazy story telling (even though this book is absolutely amazing and you should check it out and buy it and everything don’t get me wrong) but it just seems to be a trope of the fantasy genre.
It annoys me that I can’t think of a huge list of the top of my head although I remember two books where this happens for definite (two series should I say not the exact books).
First off is the Farseer series of books that starts with Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1), now don’t quote me on this but at some point during the series the character suffers a fatal wound that you obviously know won’t kill the main character (as they’re the main character and this isn’t Game of Thrones), but the wound becomes infected and they develop a fever as they battle to recover and they dip in and out of this fever induced dream to awake and for it to be just a convenient time to get better and move on to the next big thing the bad guys are doing.
Pretty much the exact same thing happens in one of Raymond E. Feist’s book featuring Pug the magician (starting with the aptly named Magician (Riftwar Saga) ) Now, this series of books is my favourite series of books in the whole world, there are about a gazillion of them and they span such a long time frame and have so many recurring characters and new characters and you get so drawn in…BUT THERE’S THE PESKY FEVER SEQUENCE.
From what I can see it seems to be only fantasy books that do this, although I’m sure it happens in others, I just mainly read fantasy. If not this fever sequence it would be some other kind of trope so I’m not sure if it’s the lesser of some other greater evil.
What do you guys think? Know what I am on about or am I talking rubbish? Any other tropes that you really hate when it comes to novels in the genre’s you love?