Fiction Pet Peeves: Unnaturally Immature Adults
There are adults who are actually big kids who never actually grew up, then there are mature adults who do things or react like kids for no particular reason. This pet peeve is aimed at the latter.
I don’t know about you, but I feel very weird when I see ‘mature and capable’ adults teasing each other by say ‘X and Y are sitting on a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G’. Unless there’s a special setting that produces unnaturally immature adults (like a setting where the omnipresent government takes great pains to eliminate responsibilities and hardships from the lives of their people), reading scenes like the one above just makes me think that the writer’s just a kid trying to fill an adult’s shoes.
Of course, this is different from adults who fawn over ‘kiddy things’. That’s just the natural growth curve where kids find kiddy things fun, teens are too grown up for stuff like that, and adults want to relive their childhood. Don’t judge. We’ll get there eventually.