That sure is an exact pet peeve, isn’t it? But I am reading it everywhere. As soon as the female main character gets the slightest whiff of a love interest’s scent, she goes like ‘he smells of A, B and C.’ A lot of the time one of the scents is a nature one like fresh fallen rain or something. I have never met a person, who had that scent if they weren’t in the rain and even then they don’t really smell like fresh fallen rain. They smell wet. Because their clothes are wet. Depending on the clothes’ material… they even stink.
But let’s call that artistic freedom and put it aside.
What is it with this A, B, C formula? Is there a law written somewhere?! I smell a lot of people – public transportation doesn’t give you a choice. I have smelled people more or less intimately, too. I never thought “they smell of cinnamon and a forest on a warm summer’s day…. and something that is uniquely their own”. Not once! I may smell their shampoo or perfume or maybe even laundry detergent powder. I may think “mh, their hair smells of oranges…”, but that’s it.
Maybe I like their smell, maybe I don’t. This doesn’t seem to be an option in fiction… love interests smelling bad?
Have you ever met someone, who smelled of exactly three things?
Can you imagine what the smell is supposed to be like if you read something like that?