Deal Breakers{Day 14 of the 15 Day Book Blogging Challenge}

Posted November 13, 2013 by Stormy in Blogging / 3 Comments

I’ve decided to participate in the 15 Day Book Blogger challenge hosted by Good Books and Good Wine. This is definitely a move-at-your-own-pace challenged(which is AWESOME), so even though April did her challenge a month or two ago, she left the linkys opened. Yay! I should also note that I’m not doing these EVERY day–I might do one or two a week. I’m too much of a scheduler to try and do all fifteen days in a row!


15 day book blogging challenge

Ooh, deal breakers, fun topic! It might take some thinking, so let’s see how many I come up with. I’m not sure I have very many deal-breakers, to be honest. I have a lot of things I don’t LIKE in books, but few that would actually be a deal breaker.

1. Third Person Present Tense

If a book is written in third person present tense, it better be the best book in the WORLD to make me keep reading. I’ll give books written in this style at least a chapter, but if I can’t get into it by then, it’s going in the DNF pile. I’m not sure WHY I dislike books with this POV so much, but I feel I can never forget that I’m reading. I never get to that point where I’m sucked in to the story.

2. MOST mean girl stories

There are exceptions to this deal breaker(like Before I Fall, which is one of my favorite books), but generally, I don’t like reading mean girl books, and I don’t like books that portray bad and/or unhealthy friendships. Friendships are one of my favorite things in books, and while I think they should/can have conflict, I hate reading about “friendships” that are really anything but.

3. Infidelity without consequences

I don’t really mind reading about infidelity/cheating when there are natural consequences, but I won’t continue reading if a book portrays cheating positively. ESPECIALLY in adult books, when oftentimes cheating is taking place in marriages.

4. When characters throw away educational opportunities for love interests

This one is personal, but my family gave a LOT for me to be able to go to college. I HATE reading about characters who decide not to go to school or who decide to go to a certain school just because their love interest is going there/wants them to stick around. I see nothing romantic about that.

5. Animal Death

Okay, this isn’t really a deal-breaker, but it makes me sad. No need to kill the animals, authors! Make the humans suffer, sure, but leave the poor cats & dogs & owls(J.K. Rowling, I’m looking at you), alone. Please? For me?



3 responses to “Deal Breakers{Day 14 of the 15 Day Book Blogging Challenge}

  1. I get very frustrated when actions that would have consequences in real life do not have consequences in books. I stopped reading a lot of YA, because a lot of the teenagers (at least in the books that I read) did whatever they wanted. There never seemed to be any parents in the books. I know if my friends or I had done some of the stuff in the books that I read, we would have been grounded!

  2. Ah, I’m so with you on the infidelity without consequences. Hate that so much. I can’t recall any books I’ve read in third person present tense, but there surely has to be a few. Can you think of any examples?

    #4… Yeah, ouch. I did this very thing when I was young and stupid, so I can relate to a character who might make this choice. BUT, I will also be hoping they change their minds because I know better now!

    I actually kinda don’t understand why animal deaths bother readers so much. I mean, I’m a huge animal lover. I adore all animals and basically want to snuggle every one I come across. But an animal death in a book never really hits me the way it seems to hit you and my sister and others. Not that I don’t CARE about them, of course, but… I don’t know.

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