Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #25 - Book Turn-Offs

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is -

Top Ten Book Turn-Offs

This is yet another TTT topic that I struggled with. As soon as I read what it was this week I thought of one and then my mind went blank. Anyway, I persevered and here's what I managed to cobble together eventually...

1. Insta-Love

Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
2. Love Triangles

Either pick one person to be in love with or don't bother, not everyone in the universe is in love with two or more people at a time.

3. Stupid Nicknames

Snookums, need I say any more?

4. Absentee Parents

5. Abusive Boyfriends

Just no...

6. Cheating

And no to this too, it may work out in books and the hero/heroine gets their boy/gal but it never ends well in real life so don't think it's alright to cheat.

7. Whiny female characters who don't realize how pretty/smart/amazing/insert word of choice they are...

 *cough* Bella Swan

8. Info Dumping

If I want to learn in-depth information about something I'll read about it - in a non-fiction book...

9. Prolonged Angst

Prolong the grief and all you're doing is increasing the chances of your book being thrown across the room!

10. "If you loved _____ then you'll love _____" or "For fans of _____"

This drives me crazy and sometimes is enough to make me NOT pick up whatever book has that stamped across the front! We all know that Julie Kagawa's books are nothing like Stephenie Meyer's books so why would I love a book about fairies if I want to read more with vampires...


  1. I agree with you 100%. I don't mind love triangles -- if they're done right. But nothing is more annoying than instalove. Like, it's been like what? A week or a few days and you're suddenly so madly in love . . . ? Just no. I'm especially with you on your #10 -- I'm glad to know I'm not the only one really, really annoyed by this. Comparing two different genres with two totally different plot lines and everything is like comparing apples to oranges.

    Love your post!

  2. Good list, I agree with you about love triangles, absentee parents and characters that whiney about not having traits they actually do have are things I dislike as well.

  3. I've seen some of these on other lists but I have not seen the one about nicknames yet, and OMG. I hate that. You should have seen some of the nicknames I have edited out of manuscripts. You would crap your pants!

  4. Thoughts on unrequited love. Too stale?

  5. 7. Whiny female characters who don't realize how pretty/smart/amazing/insert word of choice they are...

    Thank you *applauds* This is just so OLD and OVERDONE.


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