If you have never come across a Top Ten Tuesday, it is a weekly feature hosted over on The Broke and The Bookish. They post a different top ten topic every week, it’s pretty cool.
This week’s topic is all about book turn-off’s. You know when you’re happily reading along, something happens, leaving you going really? That’s a turn-off!
1. Whiny narrators. Basically, Bella Swan. I did love the Twilight series, really. But can we just take a second to imagine how much better the whole thing would have been if every 5 minutes we didn’t want to beat Bella over the head with a frying pan?
2. Love triangles. I know this is probably going to be a pretty popular answer this week. I have seen it done well exactly one time. How many times has it been attempted? Yeah, it’s a problem.
3. Unnecessary world building. This is main reason I have a hard time with high-fantasy. I pushed my way through The Hobbit, but could never get into LoTR. I decided to give Game of Thrones a try, and made it all the way through half of the second book. I realize that high fantasy is a genre that almost guarantees world-building. But when George R.R. Martin take 20 pages to explain what a room looks like, or dear god don’t even get me started on his obsession with describing food for hours. It’s a different world, with different stuff. I GET IT, MOVE IT ALONG YO.
4. Obvious plot lines. No one wants to know the end of book by the second chapter.
5. Weird names. Well, not so much weird names, but names that are odd enough for you to not remember who people are. Or you just end up calling them something else in your head to make it easier to remember. Either way, still annoying.
6. High schoolers who are never actually in school. I would much rather just pretend that interesting adventures only happened to you during summer vacation. I can look past that. But when it is October and shenanigan after shenanigan is happening and I’m like, wait- what? How did that even happen? You should have been in school anyway.
7. No one ever showers/eats. It’s not like I want to know all the details, and please do not describe their food to me. But let’s be for real, people need to shower. And eat. It’s a thing.
8. Open Endings. Yeah, I’m lookin at you Lauren Oliver. No. It’s still not okay.
9. When the summary on the back of the book is not even what the book is about. I always love it when I get unexpected twists in a story, but when I go back and read the back afterwards and it is so far from the actual story that it could have been used as a stock summary for any novel in the genre. Sometimes, you can tell that it isn’t even written by the author. If the paragraph description on the dust jacket isn’t well written, I am not buying it. Not even sorry about it.
10. Enormous books printed on small paperbacks so they are like 900 pages long. No one has thumbs that strong. Come one publishers, get your crap together.
What are your book turn offs?