Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is ‘book turn-offs you encounter while reading’.
1. Instalove: I recently ran into this– Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This is something that can either turn out to be a great thing or a terrible thing. For Shatter Me, it turned out to be a great thing. Usually I have a problem with people just looking at each other and just falling in love. I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t happen. Yes, lust can be a factor, but not love. Love is something that takes time.
2. Love triangles: OH MY GOSH. I swear, just about every Young Adult book involves a love triangle. A story doesn’t have to have a triangle to make it a great story. I get that it makes it more dramatic, but find something else to make it dramatic. I feel that after Twilight became popular, every book needed to be a love triangle. I’m one of those girls that falls for the obvious choice– ex: Edward Cullen from the Twilight Saga. So, adding another love interest just frustrates me.
3. Trilogies: There are WAY to many trilogies in the Young Adult genre… Again, I feel like after The Hunger Games became popular, a lot of books have been turned into trilogies. I have nothing against them, it’s just annoying sometimes. Some trilogies can just be a stand-alone. Some just drag out the story to drive us readers insane so we wait another year to find out. Then, be disappointed to see that the story still isn’t finished.
4. Modern Phrases: Drives me nuts. I don’t like when I’m reading and I find a text from a character that says something like “i luv u. c u l8r”. I’m sorry, but is it really that hard to type a sentence with the correct spelling?! I understand that’s it’s easier to type, but in the real life in a real job you’d get fired to using those kind of phrases… Drives me crazy. Also, using lingo that teens use today…
5. Sex: Specifically in the Young Adult genre… It drives me crazy when sex comes into the picture. They completely avoid it like it’s a crime to have sex. But, having kids kill each other, no it’s okay. Yes, it makes the story interesting, but really!? You can talk about sex and not make it some kind of erotic book. It doesn’t have to be in complete detail, but in Young Adult books, they just graze over it or completely ignore it.
6. Abuse: Physically or mentally, doesn’t matter. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but something like rape, that’s a very touchy subject and can be very hard to write about and make a good story from it. I don’t want the entire book to be about the incident, maybe a chapter or something is fine.
7. History: There have been some instances where something in history is talked about, but not explained. This drives me crazy. I don’t want to have to put down the book and pull up the internet and research what the heck the author is talking about.
8. No plot-twists: I don’t like a story being predictable. I want something to happen that I wasn’t expecting. Otherwise, I will stop reading it and never give it a second shot because I’ll already know what’s going to happen.
10. Whiners: I don’t need to explain… They drive me crazy.