Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Top Ten Book Turn-Offs
-Insta-love. Nothing makes me want to throw a book more than insta-love. It usually happens in books with no character development beyond the obsessive love, where each character's world is defined by their relationship. Yawn.
-Love triangles. It's been overdone more than a chicken dinner at my house (I'm really paranoid about salmonella).
-Possessive/borderline abusive guys. So many YA authors seem to think this is hot. It really isn't.
-Awful characters. I don't mind flawed characters, but there has to be something sympathetic about them that I can connect to.
-Animal cruelty. Animals in books make me scared because I can't bear it when anything bad happens to them. And it does way too often.
-Repetitiveness. The same words, phrases and - worst of all - descriptions used over and over again is ridiculously annoying. Especially when connected to how hot a character is. We get it, his eyebrows/cheekbones/big toes are really god-like.
-Terrible nicknames. I was going to say terrible names in general, but the vomitous nicknames couples give each other is always so distracting. "Siren", "Pigeon", "Vagine"... OK I made that last one up but seriously enough with the silly nicknames!
-Girl on girl hate. I can't stand when a female main character is all "not like other girls" (what's so wrong with other girls?) and/or every other girl is a biatch and someone to compete with.
-Bad 'isms'. Racism. Sexism. Homophobia (Yeah it's not an 'ism', but it's along the same lines). It's one thing if a character acts this way and it's not endorsed by the narrative, but if the book itself is any of those things it is just despicable. This includes unintentional 'isms', through stereotypical/cardboard characters and the insensitive treatment of issues and language.
-Illogical worldbuilding. I can suspend my disbelief for anything as long as it makes sense in world. Magic is fine. Vegetarian vampires are fine. Vampire venom acting as sperm to create a hybrid baby with a human? Not fine.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.