Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.
In no particular order...
1. Bad Spelling and Grammar/Bad Editing. Seriously, your book made it to publication. There are people that get paid to catch grammar and spelling mistakes. Do you really want your name on a book that forgot to put an apostrophe in a contraction? Or when you used fatal flaws? No, I didn't think so.
2. Insta-love. I think this is pretty self-explanatory. I'm all for realism, so lust at first sight totally makes sense, but unless you can put a really amazing spin on love at first sight (like Jennifer E. Smith's THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT), don't use it. It is an automatic point deduction from me and, for the most part, a constant aggravation for readers in general.
3. Bad Characterization. If your character is bipolar for no reason whatsoever, I just want to run into a wall. NOBODY by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, anyone? Realism...it's important.
4. Abrupt Endings. I personally hate cliff-hangers, but I can understand their purpose. More often then not they pique your curiosity enough to get you to keep reading, but some come when you feel like you're still in the middle of the story. Instead of keeping you in suspense they keep you in confusion because you don't feel as if you've read enough of a book yet. There's a difference between suspense and abruptness, I hate abrupt endings.
5. Lack of Detail. I'm a detail fiend. I like to know where I am, what everyone looks like, what the surroundings look like, etc. I especially love vivid descriptions of emotions. If I can't pinpoint or make strong connections with all of these characteristics, then the book is not going to be that great of a reading experience for me.
6. Never-Ending Inner Monologues. I cringe a bit when I see pages worth of blocky paragraphs because it's a never-ending inner monologue. They often make my eyes blur and I tend to forget everything I was reading prior to it because they just go on and on and on. Dialogue is not necessary for a book, but inner monologues can be way too long at times, which easily makes my attention wane.
7. Too many Cliches. In truth, I love cliches in moderation. A little bit of cheesiness is always amazing, but way too much makes me want to wretch.
8. Constant Catty Drama. I hate drama in the real world, why would I want a ton of it in the worlds I use to escape? While some contemporaries take catty drama and make it entertaining, it's just not my thing. If it's out of place and isn't even necessary to a plot, it just bugs me ten times more.
9. Fake Cuss Words. Stop. Just stop. If you want my opinion, you can read my entire rant about this here. This is one of my ultimate bookish pet peeves.
10. Absent/Abusive Family and Parents. It's so rare to see a parent that is a great parent in books these days. Most young adult books just have absentee parents, parents that don't care, or parents that are abusive in some way, shape, or form. It's so frustrating because most parents really are good parents. And even some arguably bad ones just aren't good at parenting as a whole, but that doesn't make them abusive.
What are your top ten book turn-off's?