It’s Tuesday, which means that it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is top ten words/topics that make you NOT pick up a book.
I’m more than happy to read historical fiction, but for some reason, I just can’t get into non-fiction. Maybe because it reminds me too much of extended essays, historical investigations, and all of those readings I have to do at university?
2. “For fans of ___”/”the next ___”
I used to pick up so many books based on this description alone and would end up disappointed because:
a) the comparison gave me incredibly high expectations, and the book didn’t live up to them
b) the book was nothing like what it was being compared to
c) the book was a copycat and I was hoping for something a little more original
I like my books to have a plot, and gratuitous sex scenes don’t do anything for me.
4. Love stories disguised as dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories
If the synopsis is promising me a nice dystopian society with lots of action, oppressive governments, etc. I don’t want to spend the majority of the book reading things like “I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding” or how “he tasted like peppermint.” If you have the time to realize all of that, you’re not working hard enough to survive.
5. Love triangles
This kind of ties in with #4. When done properly, love triangles are effective and enjoyable plot devices. Unfortunately, 90% of the time they consist of a girl going back and forth between two guys (one of whom she usually just met) for basically the entire book. Sorry, but that’s not what I came here to read.
6. “Secretly beautiful”
I hate having to read about the girl that everyone falls in love with because she’s beautiful and (silly her!) didn’t realize it until 137127 guys pointed it out. It bothers me because we should love our bodies instead of having it shoved down our throats that we have to look a certain way to be considered attractive.
7. Stalking is sexy
Um, no. I blame Twilight for starting the idea that the guy who peeks in your bedroom window while you’re sleeping and somehow turns up wherever you are is attractive and would make the perfect boyfriend. It’s creepy and shouldn’t be glorified.
8. Issues books
It’s not the fact that they deal with heavy subjects that bothers me; it’s the treatment. If they’re not handled correctly or the solutions to the problems are oversimplified, it seems to belittle the issue.
9. Unattractive covers
I know that you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I’m more likely to pick up books with covers that I like. Also, book covers that are unnecessarily “girly” because they were written by a female author, regardless of whether or not they’re about teen romance or assassins, bother me (see: Maureen Johnson’s coverflip challenge for examples).
10. Authors behaving badly
If an author is going to berate readers for writing an honest account of why they did not like the book or if they’re pushing an agenda, I’m less likely to pick up their works.