It is really nice to take a day off from blogging. I know that’s frustrating to other people participating, but y’all it was nice to just relax with my books and also to take time to try cooking a new to me recipe, which FYI turned out awesome. Today’s prompt is all about the things that turn me off from a book. If you’re doing day 15 because you are not a slacker like me, you can link it here too, but I will have the linky for that one up tomorrow at some point.†This post is part of a 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge that I started because I was feeling burnt out and then inspired.†Check out the challenge here.
Tell Us Your Deal Breakers.
There actually are not a TON of things that would totally turn me off from a book, but there are definitely things that would make me think less of the book. Here we go:
Controlling and abusive love interests portrayed as being romantic.
Y’all, I just can’t with those sorts of love interests. When I read a book and there is a romance, I do not mind the alpha sort of hero, even though I prefer the beta types. However, I just can’t abide the sort that tells their partner what they can and cannot do, who control them and come across as awful people. NOTE, this has nothing to do with love-hate stories, which I LOVE.
Characters who give up EVERYTHING for a conventional sort of life and have no life outside their boyfriend.
Huh, that’s kind of a familiar story, but yeah the one book that I ranted over, the main character starts off at college with a future, but then she basically drops her whole education, gets preggo and married before she turns 21, which is fine for some people. For me, though, I just like it when a character has an identity outside of other people, if that makes sense. When I read a book and the character gives up every little thing that makes her unique for her boyfriend, I am totally turned off from it.
Cop Out Endings.
Oh you guys this is the worst, I can get all the way to the end of a book thinking hmmm that was a nice sort of read †THEN THE ENDING COMES. And usually a cop out ending is one where there is no ending because the author cannot make up their mind on the issue, argh. OR there’s a random cliffhanger inserted where the story in the book does not seem like it’s enough to cover two books or more. I just hate endings that do not make any sense, that feel cheap or tacked on — like many cliffhangers.
I fricken HATE it when animals die in the books that I read. I get so pissed off when a dog dies, like come on author, figure out how to make me sad and upset without manipulating my emotions. Now, there’s like one exception to this where the dog dies and I was still like BEST BOOK EVER(I bet you can guess, I’ll tell you it’s the first book in a trilogy where the title of the trilogy is similar to anarchy strolling). Anyways, I just feel so manipulated when I read about dog death, and to another extent, cat death and horse death.
What Not To Wear.
Ughhhhhh I love reading, truly I do, but I hate it when there are pages and pages and pages of description of what every character is wearing right down to the brand. Now, I do not at all mind when it’s something like the character is going to a ball and they have a fairy grandmother who made them a magical dress and that’s described for like a page. YET, when it just continues on and on, for no reason, I get irritated. Same with name dropping of various brands, because as a reader, I start to get judgmental, now that I know the cost of various things.
What are your deal breakers?