Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top 10 Reading Turn-Offs

Top Ten Reading Turn-Offs

To be honest, I'll read just about anything.  Sure, I'm about to list some of my reading turn-offs, but they have rarely stopped me from reading a book.  I'm very proud of my ability to stop reading a book if I just can't take it anymore, but that is a learned skill that doesn't come naturally.  9 times out of 10, if I stop a book, one of these things is happening.  But it would have to of really gotten under my skin to make me walk away.

What are your reading turn-offs?

1) Talking Animals
There are exceptions, but when the whole premise is talking animals, I usually pass.  Perhaps I fear what my cat would say about me if she could actually talk that plays a part in my distaste.  But on the other hand, I'd give just about anything to know what my dog would say when she's smiling up at me.

2) It was all just a dream
If you want me to hate a book, toss that in there at the end.  It's mean.  And rude.  You had me on a ride for a couple hundred pages and then you just stomp on my emotions.  Nope.

3) Whiney characters
They are the worst.  I can't even...

4) Characters who need to find themselves
It usually comes from a  selfish place, and I really can't stand selfish characters.  Or whiney ones.  See #3.

5) Horrible parents
It's just that the horrible parents far out number the good parents in teen fiction.  While it makes me appreciate the good ones more when I come across them, there have been some almost evil parents that leave me super, super angry.

6) Dead siblings
Dead siblings are sad.  I get that.  But I think they're overdone.  There are so many other obstacles a teen could face other than losing a sibling.

7) Characters who are struggling with their sexuality ONLY because someone else is
I don't care who you love, but when other characters determine how you feel I get a little testy while reading

8) When they change the covers half way through the series so they don't match anymore
No.  This should not keep me from reading the book.  But I'll confess that it has happened.

9) Bad dialogue
Especially when it doesn't work at all for the character the author has been building over the course of several chapters.

10) Predictable stereotypes
(I really don't like the "mean girl" trope.  Perhaps I just can't relate because I didn't really come across anyone like that in high school, or maybe it's my naive hope that individuals have layers and hearts, but it's hard for me to read.  No sir.  I don't like it).


  1. Great list! I agree with you on just about every one of them. Crazy parents in YA fiction drives me especially crazy -- not just the outright bad ones, but the "good" ones who still let their kids do whatever they want. I know this has to happen plotwise, but it's so unrealistic! I have two teens and one almost-teen and I definitely don't let them just wander around and do whatever they want.

  2. Nice list. I like talking animals but then I'm an animal freak. I can't stand love triangles and although I forgot to add it, I don't like books with cheaters either. Great post!

  3. Good list! I'm very okay with talking animals though - pretty sure they exist in an alternate universe. I also agree about the parents. They are either really terrible, totally ineffectual or non-existent. I have wondered if that is because parental characters have been portrayed that same way in tv and movies over the past 20-30 years and that cliche has become the perceived norm. I would have to add just plain bad writing, writing that gets in the way of the story (that includes both pretentious and formulaic writing,) bad/nonexistent editing that should have taken care of the bad writing, and books that shouldn't exist at all except to make more $$ for the publishers of overexposed authors pumping out yet another series book. Hmmmm, that list can apply to movies as well (I'm talking about you, Peter Jackson!) :-) Thanks for the fun post!

  4. I laughed out loud when I read that you hated when the covers change. I read mostly on my Kindle app and when I look at my digital shelf and see that one of my favorite covers has automatically changed, it really ticks me off, especially if it becomes a movie cover. Grrrr.... lol.
    Laura :)
    My Top Ten Tuesday

  5. I hate when they change covers halfway through a series or change the size of the book. ๐Ÿ˜

    New to your blog via TTT linky. I just love your blog header and on name! You've just earned a new follower! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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