Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features (you guessed it!) top ten lists on a given topic each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Book Turn-offs. Basically, things you might find in a book that makes you immediately want to put it down or at the very least, lower your opinion a little bit.
My book turn-offs make me want to do this.
No, thank you. I’ve only read ONE book that included cheating BY the main character and showcased it as a bad thing, instead of trying to glorify it. Other than that lucky book, I hate this as a plot point because just. . . no.
2. Third Person Present Tense
It’s so AWKWARD. It’s one thing to have first person present tense, which I tend to like, but EVERY time I’m tried to read a book in third person present tense I couldn’t get through it because I never forget I was reading writing. It never got to the point where I could slip in the story because the entire time, my mind was going “this is weird. . .”
3. Animal(Pet) Death
Let’s be honest: There’s only ONE reason to kill a pet in a book–to emotionally manipulate. Now, if you enjoy being emotionally manipulated OR as a writer you like to emotionally manipulate, fine. Sometimes, I like to get emotional in books even if it’s emotionally manipulative. But I don’t like to FEEL like that’s happening, and we all know the reason for pet deaths.
4. Not using the scenery
If a book is set in space and at the halfway mark, the story has yet to take advantage of that fact, I consider that a complete book turn-off. Let me see the universe!
5. Unnecessary Cliffhangers
Sometimes, cliffhangers work for me, like the cliffhangers at the end of Catching Fire or Cinder, but so often I feel I’m just being tricked into buying the next book(example: The Maze Runner). Theme of this post: I don’t like feeling like I’m being manipulated, like every other person on the planet.
6. Bad Boy Love Interests
I’ve NEVER been a fan of the bad boy. The phrase seemed to have totally passed me, even though culture tells me I should have had that stage at like 14 or 15. Sometimes I like bad boys in books, but not as the love interests(and by bad boys, I mean the REAL jerky bad boys. Not the boys with the tattoos who occasionally skip class or something).
Insta-attraction? Sure, I am totally on board with that! But insta-love? I just can’t buy it without thinking it’s just a passing infatuation, even when the book ends on a happily-ever-after. I like the slow burn romance best.
8. Love Triangles where the ending is obvious
I actually mind love triangles a lot less than most bloggers, and even like them sometimes, but when the eventual love triangle ending is obvious from the start, why bother? That’s what I loved about the love triangle in Unearthly–I had a pretty good idea of the ending, but it wasn’t something I felt was ever guaranteed.
9. The Informed Character Trait
RAGE. This book turn-off, right here, is my BIGGEST bookish pet peeve. The informed character trait is where we, as readers are TOLD a character has a certain trait, when all that character does CONTRADICTS that thing. Like when we’re told through dialogue or exposition that a character is smart, but all they do is dumb things! I HATE seeing this in books. It’s one of my DNF-triggers.
It’s not really a pet peeve, because obviously people get pregnant and have children all the time, and are often happy about it, but I’m just not a big fan of babies so it’s definitely a turn-off for me. If a book synopsis mentions a baby, 80% of the time I’m moving right along.