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
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?