Top Ten Book Turn-Off's


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?

45 comments:

  1. Re: your #1, I recently encountered perhaps the worst e-pubbed book I've ever seen. It was almost like a parody of everything NOT to do, including an absolutely terrible command of proper English. If you and your betas (whom you thanked in the dedication) truly don't know the difference between your and you're, don't realize an apostrophe doesn't make a word plural, etc., you've all failed en masse.

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  2. I agree with you about Insta-Love, it's just not believable. Great list!

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    1. If I can't believe your book, you're not getting a decent rating from me. End of discussion.

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  3. My top one is cheating
    here is mine http://caitstruelife.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-book-turn-offs/

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    1. Cheating is terrible. It should never be in a book unless it's a true driving force of the plot instead of simply a plot point.

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  4. Yeessss cattiness in contemporary YAs is in the top 3 reasons why I took a big break from contemporary YA (although I'm slowly easing myself back in and have been having some good luck). Too much drama legitimately makes me SUPER stressed out. And considering I'm already a high strung musician, that's always a bad sign haha

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    1. Haha books are meant to escape stress, not create it! Take a break from reality, girlie <3

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  5. Drama, abuse, cliches, lack of detail, all YES! And one-dimensional characters or jerks... Lame.
    Great list!

    My TTT

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  6. I put too much detail on my list, but I agree with lack of detail as well. It is a very fine line and many writers get it wrong.

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    1. Many give too much or little. It's a gift to find a happy medium in this sense!

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  7. Lack of detail is really irksome, especially in urban fantasy and steampunk novels where you need a solid world to carry the plot. I can handle a bit less in romance books as long as (like you said) the emotions are expressed well. Here's my TTT

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    1. The only books that can get away with a potential lack of detail are contemporaries, and where they lack detail in world building they need it in emotional connections or they just fall flat.

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  8. haha... just read your fake cuss word post. those 3 words are hilarious. why would anyone do that?? i'd rather them just not do it than do it like that! lol
    agree with you on instalove and abrupt endings for sure!

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    1. People do that because they think it's entertaining when it's not or they have the completely wrong idea of how teenagers function. *thumbs down*

      Abrupt endings...ugh. I read you in your entirety for that?! they suck.

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  9. Never ending internal monologues kill me! Sometimes, I'm tempted to skim them, and I hate having to skim anything.

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    1. Ugh books are meant to be read, not to be skimmed, but I'm in the same boat as you.

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  10. Haha, fake cuss words is a new topic that I have not seen on any other TTT list. I completely agree that the made up word are very annoying. I think that authors should refrain from using any type of bad language unless it is important to the plot line of the story. Fake cuss words make the book seem like it is geared towards a much younger audience.
    Check out my TTT list: http://booksavvyblog.blogspot.com/

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  11. I love your list, Lili! I'm kinda okay with cliches if they do them right and if maybe it's in moderation. Or if it's a cliche that's not horrendous and that I already despise. And yes for abrupt endings as well! I still haven't read REQUIEM because I hear the ending is similar to that.

    My TTT

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