Okay this isn't a book pet peeve but more of a movie one. The whole Matrix effect of leaning back in an awkward position as things go past in slow motion. It's getting to be a cliche and to the point where even when that move is being spoofed I still roll my eyes.
The other day I watched the atrocity that is The Three Musketeers that came out two years ago and featured Orlando Bloom as the Duke of Buckingham. They did that move as part of the prologue, with Milady Dewinter, in a big ol' gown being the one to pull it off. My eyes hurt from rolling them so hard.
I tried to finish it but I just couldn't, I was too distracted by the sound of Alexandre Dumas spinning like a top in his grave. Mind you, the 90's version with Charlie Sheen, Chris O'Donnell, Oliver Platt and the guy from 24 (I'm blanking on his name) is still enjoyed and quoted in our family and wasn't terribly faithful or a great version but it was better than this!