Top Ten Book Turn-Offs
I can handle a weak character that eventually along the way finds their inner strength or grows and develops in some manner. I canít handle them when this does not happen and all that you hear about it how they ďcanít do anythingĒ. Weak characterization simply just makes my skin crawl.
Iím an animal lover especially when it comes to cats and dogs so when an animal appears in a book immediately become apprehensive. Iím always so afraid that something bad will happen to them. This is truly a pet peeve of mine when there is absolutely no reason for the animal death Ė it was just being used as a plot point.
Inaccurate portrayal of illnesses
I hate it when authors use illnesses in a negative manner in their stories. Especially when there is a mental illness involved. There are already so many stigmas out there regarding mental illness it really bothers me when authors uses these stigmas in their works instead of trying to fight against them.
ANY of the ďismsĒ (racism, classism, sexism, ableism)
A big turn-off for me when it comes to books is any of the ďismsĒ. As most of you may know, Iím very big on equal rights for everyone regardless of race, class, sex, gender, or ability. Iím a bit more understanding if the book is set in a more historical time frame and the author is trying to be historically accurate but it still bothers me.
Major historical inaccuracies
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I can usually take a bit of bending when it comes to historical points as long as it is not over the top. If an author completely ignores a major historical event, or tries to make light of it, I usually have a much harder time enjoying or finishing the book.
No plotline whatsoever
Books where there is no plot but instead endless detail and description hurt my brain. I like my descriptions well enough but I need something to happen along the way as well. I need there to be action.
Major grammatical or stylistic errors
Grammar is important. Style is important. My eyes and my brain appreciate good style and correct grammar in a book. These things make my reading experience much more enjoyable.
I hate it when it feels like suddenly the author decided that they wanted to end their book and everything is pushed together to make this anti-climatic ending. There is usually no real resolution, and Iím left wondering why I even bothered with the book in the first place.
If done correctly a love triangle can be really enjoyable to read about. Usually for me, this occurs when there are equal balance given to all parties but yet there is still that one person that you find yourself rooting for all the way through. Unfortunately, I havenít found very many of these, and I think that is why I usually donít enjoy love triangles very much.
Iím not a book snob by nature but Iíll admit that sometimes I do ignore books where I find the covers to be completely unappealing. If the cover is just blech to me, I sometimes do have a harder time convincing myself to pick up the book and read it even if the blurb sounds good.
So, what are some of your book turn-offs?
As always Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.