Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and Bookish, where the participants list down the top ten books/bookish things according to the given topic.
Top Ten Book Turnoffs
(listed in no particular order)
10. Two potential love interests mentioned in the synopsis
Don’t get me wrong — I don’t hate love triangles. I’ve read some very nicely done ones, like Shadow and Bone and Everneath and Parallel. But of all the good love triangles I’ve read of, the bad ones far exceed those numbers, so I usually feel a bit iffy when I read the blurb for a book and spot two potential love interests. That’s enough to make me nervous!
9. Hold on, I’ve read that before… haven’t I?
As we all know, dystopians are starting to get old (not THG, though — the movies are still keeping it alive!), so it’s absolutely unappealing whenever I see that Book X seems to have the same sounding plot as Book Y. I love dystopians, I really do, but I think that the genre is running out of ideas to keep it alive.
8. Fans of The Hunger Games/Harry Potter/Twilight will love this!
As much as I love THG and HP, I have to admit that I HATE it when I see blurbs like that on books. And it’s not because most of the time they turn out to be false, but it’s because it seems to be that the publisher is falsely advertising, and trying to get its readers to expect something entirely different from what the book may be all about. And based on experience, expectations make a LOT of difference. Like, I could be expecting something from this book, and if I don’t get it, it could go both ways. Either way, I think it’s a very dumb way of trying to market a book.
7. Patience is a virtue
It’s not a secret that I’m probably the most impatient reader alive, and because of that, a book needs to capture my attention and hold it within the first few chapters, otherwise, it would most likely turn out to be a DNF. So if you don’t start off your book right, it’s an immediate turnoff.
6. Take a look at this horde of drama-llamas!
Don’t add drama in unnecessarily. Overly dramatic scenes are one of my biggest pet peeves ever, because I really don’t need to waste eye rolls on shit like that. Drama llamas are also another way of making me dislike the book. I just don’t have the time to keep up with their ridiculous banter/relationship. Looking right at you, Beautiful Disaster.
5. I’m strong. I’m the key to saving the world. But — oh my god, is that a boy?!
This is another thing I can’t stand: we’ve got a strong, kickass heroine who’s on the way to go save the world, and then BOOM. The love interest rolls around and it’s drama after drama, and suddenly, our “heroine” is starting to rely on this boy. “I can’t do this without you,” she says. “I love you. Don’t leave me. I need you.” No. You don’t. And I hope against hope that he’ll leave you.
4. Open endings
I know this example’s getting old, but I’m still going to use it anyway because it’s such a good one. After having enjoyed Delirium and Pandemonium SO much, I was beyond hyped for Requiem, and for the most part, the book lived up to my expectations. It definitely didn’t come close to the first two books, but it was still pretty decent. Until the ending. Goshdarnit, I was so mad when Requiem ended the way it did, because it told me absolutely NOTHING about the future of Lena and Alex and Julian and the whole world. Lauren Oliver, I demand an explanation!
3. New Adult
This is more of a personal preference, but any book that is categorized into the NA genre is immediately under skepticism. I haven’t had the best of luck with NA books — notable exceptions are Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, Pushing the Limits and Dare You To by Katie McGarry, and Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker — so they tend to become a major turnoff for me, unfortunately.
2. Pop culture
Pop culture in books kind of takes away its charm, in my opinion. I guess it’s fine if it’s part of the book, but if it’s simple there just because, then I get quite irritated. It makes the book seem less impactful, less real, in a sense, because the world building musn’t be that great if you include pop culture.
1. Boy with a troubled past who is allowed to act like a jerk because it
Readers, welcome to Jerkville! Looking for a bad boy who has tattoos, an earring, a broody temperament, and who thinks it’s totally all right to treat his girlfriend like trash because of it? Then you’re at the right place! I don’t even need to explain why this is so shitty. I don’t care if you have had a bad past. That still doesn’t give you a free pass to be a jerk to everyone, nor is it acceptable.
Over to you!
I had a lot of fun with this post, but I want to hear your thoughts. What are some major book turnoffs for you? Do we share some similarities? Do you think I’ve missed out any? (I’m sure I have!) And feel free to leave links to your own Top Ten post so that I can check it out!