Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different question is posed and gives us bloggers an opportunity to share our top tens on all different types of bookish topics. This is my first Top Ten Tuesday and the question is
Top Ten Book Turn Offs
There are exceptions to these though…sometimes I can tolerate much more than I expect and I think that is due to the writing style and descriptions. I love Susan Ee’s Angelfall –but it does have violence towards children. Somehow I am able to read through it (though it is gruesome) and still love the book. Other books I love the writing style and am interested in the storyline but I can’t make it through the violence.
1. Rape-really enough said.
2. Violence towards children
The Waking Dark –I had to give up on this one early on because of violence toward an infant. The writing was really well done, and incredibly descriptive. Unfortunately, I’ll never know how this one ends.
3. Covers with people kissing or bedroom scenes
Even if the book might have an interesting concept or get good reviews any cover with a naked looking couple or kissing (unless it looks historical or dark in some way) just have me passing them by.
4. Dislikeable main character
If I can’t relate or even tolerate the MC I have a really hard time enjoying the story. If there is significant growth then that’s a different story.
5. Unloving/absentee parents- There are really a million examples of this yet my mind has gone blank.
6. Animal Violence
I can usually tolerate a much greater degree of gruesome when it is towards a human adult. Little furry critters being hurt… nope, I have a hard time pushing through and finishing the book.
7. Love Interests that act like stalkers or are controlling
I was actually a fan of Twilight but the further I read the more Edward creeped me out. I was so uncomfortable with his dismantling Bella’s car battery so she couldn’t leave her house.
8. I know it’s going to be a tear-jerker
I tend to steer clear of any book where I know the MC has an uncurable disease and dies, or all the reviews suggest it will break my heart into tiny little bits.
9. Insta-love I think it’s universal that no one likes it when the characters fall head over heels without even knowing each other. To me, the build-up is the fun part (and where most swoons are found).
10. Immature dialog including racist/sexist remarks
Love Triangles- There are some well done love triangles out there but most times it just feels forced or like a plot device to keep the true lovers apart.
Glittery Vampires/Zombies, etc- Yep, this just makes me roll my eyes. Are you wondering where I’ve read about a glittery zombie? That would be Sick which I DNFed last week.
Too Similar to Another Book- Even if it is completely unintentional any time I run across a book that closely follows the story/characters of another book it gives me pause.
Too Much Teen Drama- Since I am in my 30’s there is only so much teen drama I can take before I have to bail.
What are your Top Ten Book Turn Offs?