Wow, it’s been 3 months since I last participated in Top 10 Tuesday! This week seemed like an interesting topic and I wanted to get back into the habit of doing this every week again. I don’t know if I’ll be able to think of ten though!
Top Ten Book Turn-Offs
- Bad “teen speak” | As evidenced by my complete irritation at the book Envy, it’s not just getting it wrong but it’s so dumb and stereotypical that it’s just really really bad.
- Unnecessary offensiveness | If it works within the story in a relevant context, that’s fine. But when it’s an unnecessary sexist/racist remark made for the sake of using it, no thanks.
- No redeeming qualities | When ever single character in the book annoys me to no end with absolutely no redeeming qualities, I unfortunately most likely can’t get on board with the story.
- Confusing storyline | I enjoy some twists and turns in books but when the story gets too convoluted that nobody can follow it anymore? Done.
- Contrived pairings | Not just the inevitable love story that is often found in books but those that seem so forced and contrived that it really doesn’t make sense whatsoever
- Predictable love triangles | I know some people may have love triangles in general on their list and I don’t entirely hate them all together. What I don’t like are, similar to #5, the contrived pairings where you see the love triangles forming from a mile away. That the only reason why this girl is hating on this second guy is because they’re going to be the secondary love interest. Yawn.
- Bratty kids | I hate bratty kids in real life, so I really really do not want to read a book that features the same thing.
- Excessive & unnecessary description | Beautiful flowery descriptions work well if done well. A lot of detail and descriptive words for the sake of being decorative is annoying. I have too many books to read to have pages and pages dedicated to the description of something that’s really not that relevant, or something that can be said in a few sentences.
- Whiny protagonist | Whether male or female, if the main voice of the whole novel is whiny and useless, you’ll pretty much be useless to me. Sure, I may be thinking of a certain female lead of a paranormal series here and sure, that being said, I still read through the whole damn series.
- Those who know me will laugh when I say: Mixing up “macaroons” for “macarons” but they’re not even the same things! It bugs me because if you went so far into researching and writing your book, you’d think this would be used correctly. It’s not like they’re the same thing but different spellings. Two very very different treats.
And of course, what made your Top 10 list this week?
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