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Top Ten Book Turn-Offs

Time to vent, you guys! My top book turn offs include things I think a lot of readers can relate with. Can you?

Top Ten Book Turn-Offs

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1Cheesy Dialogue– I like quippy back and forths between characters, but too many cliches and cheesy remarks make me immediately put a book down.

2Cheating– I resolutely do not read books with cheating. Seeing it romanticized (or not), is not something I want to spend my time reading.

3No Clear Love Triangle Resolution– In a three book series, by the end of book two or the VERY beginning of book three, let’s have some resolution of this silly situation. If the guy or girl can’t decide, I just can’t take it. It’s just TOO far removed from real life.

4Oh, I’m Pretty?!– Characters – usually girls – who are gorgeous but never knew until The Boy told them so! What?!! That’s why boys stare at me all the time? It’s not because I’m a major freak, it’s because I’m GORGEOUS!? Kill me now.

5Playboys– Boys in books who go through girls on a daily basis, BUT the heroine of the story just MIGHT be able to change their playboy ways. No, no, and no.

6Talking Animals– I don’t see this a lot, but when I do…I stop reading. I just can’t do it anymore. Nope, nope, nope.

7I’m Not Controlling, I’m Protective– You can thank Stephenie Meyer for this. She’s not the first, and she wont’t be the last. Controlling is scary and wrong, not protective and romantic. I want to stop seeing this like yesterday.

8Super Graphic Violence– If the way blood is leaving the body is described, you better believe I’ll be skipping those parts or stopping altogether. Gross.

9Electric Touches– If I read ONE MORE book where there is literal electricity when characters touch, I will throw something! It’s used in almost every YA book, and it’s just gotten to be overwhelming at this point. UGH!!

10“This Book is the Next _____!”– If a book is touted as being the next ______ book in a description, I immediately give it the ole side eye. Just be the first YOU, book! Be original, not a copy of some other famous book. COME ON BOOK PUBLISHERS. Don’t already put an idea of what the book will be like to readers.

Confession time: what are you top book turn offs?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Anya E. J.

    Yes, all of these! Especially cheesy romance dialogue, ugh! Sugary sweet? No thanks D:

  • Lee @shewolfreads

    Great list! Especially #4!

  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    Yes to all of these! I can’t even pick one that I agree with the most, but I might have to say #4 or #10. I want an original book, not another Twilight, Hunger Games, or Harry Potter.

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  • Stephanie

    # 3, 4, 7, and 9 really turn me off well. # 4 is a big offender. Why can’t a girl find herself beautiful without the confirmation of a boy? It makes the girl seem weak, and annoying. I think the biggest thing though that I really can’t stand is #7. It’s very sad to see this trend being accepted and even glamorized in YA. Great list!

    • Thanks, Stephanie! It’s so refreshing to see strong characters who make their own decisions and don’t let their significant other make all the rules.

  • Lauren Ann

    Bahahaha #4 drives me BANANA’S!!!! But I do think it’s funny that in the Hunger Games and Divergent, both leading heroins are described as “not pretty” or “nothing special.” And then the cast list comes out and the leading girls for those roles are gorgeous! Or kind of like Hermione and how she had buck teeth up until the Yule Ball (I always thought of her as Gretchen from Recess), and then she became “pretty-ish” but for the movie, she was this adorable little girl.

    I love your posts, Lisa!

    • Lauren!!! 😀 That’s SO true about movie castings! All of the leads are gorgeous. And, yes, I always thought it was sort of sad Hermione fixed up her looks (well, let it happen to her). :/

  • Kara

    Yes to all of these, pretty much. This list made me laugh. What do you mean you can’t do talking animals anymore? C’mon now! 😛

    • I know, Kara, I should really give talking animals another shot right?! 🙂 That’s why I had a weird experience reading Inhuman by Kat Falls. Hmmmm.

      • Kara

        I have an ARC of that. Talking animals are a bit odd in a YA book. I was thinking you were talking about middle grade. I feel like I have to read it now to see if we agree. Haha.