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Today’s Topic is: : Things That Make Me Instantly NOT Want to Read a Book (what are your immediate turn-offs or dealbreakers when it comes to books?)
1. ) The Miscommunication Trope
Honestly, I just can’t stand it. Like seriously, it’s so frustrating and I just can’t with this trope. I really dislike it when a book has this trope because it’s driving me crazy to think about how the entire book would have no plot at all if the characters would actually talk with each other. And I don’t like being frustrated just because those two characters can’t talk. Uff!
2.) Thrillers About Children
Ever since I became a parent I just can’t read those thrillers anymore. Unfortunately so many thrillers are about abducted/imprisoned children or teenagers, or kids that went missing, etc. It’s not for me anymore! I could read those books before I became a parent but now… no way. I never thought this would become a red flag but it is the way it is.
3.) Books That Feature Clowns/Puppets
Yes, you read right! I hate clowns and puppets! I don’t like them, they are creepy af and if they are in a book you’ll never see me reading this. It’s the reason why I still haven’t read „It“ and I never will. The mere thought of „Pennywise“ is creeping me out already. *shudders* Dean Winchester and I definitely have that in common. *lol*
4.) Movie Book Covers
Okay, this might be petty now but I absolutely hate it when a book gets turned into a movie or series and instead of the beautiful cover it had before you can only buy it with the cinema poster all over the cover. Can we please not?!! Why does it always have to be the movie poster?! Does anyone have an answer or explanation to that? Nope? Yeah, neither do I. *lol*
5.) Books That Are All Over The Place
I never knew this was a pet peeve of mine until I read the first book that was all over the place and ever since it’s something I really just don’t want to read about. And with all over the place I mean that a book doesn’t make any sense because it jumps from one scene to the next without any logical reason or when a book starts as something and then ends up being something entirely different when you finish it. Like you started to read a book and by the end of it you’re wondering if this is still the same book because the characters and location and just everything changed about 180 degrees. XD Or the characters changed so drastically and are doing so many stupid things that your head starts to spin. This is the kind of „all over the place“ I’m talking about. Hate it. XD
6.) Insta-Love & Unnecessary Love Triangles
Yes, I know technically those are two different things but I’ll just put them together because. Well, because they both have do do with love and …. because I can. ;-P I think both of them are kinda self-explanatory but I’ll still say a little bit about it. I just don’t get insta-love and I think it’s been done so often that it’s getting extremely old. Same goes for unnecessary love triangles. I mean why do authors still write them?! I can only think about 2 love triangles that actually worked out amazingly and both were written by Cassandra Clare. She can pull it off, but so, so, so, SO many authors can’t yet still go for them. And do you know what’s even worse? When there’s this one special snowflake every guy wants to date. Urgh. Sure she/he/they are so perfect 5 people have a crush on them?! Pfff…. Sorry, for a second there I thought my eyeballs would roll out of my sockets, but thankfully they didn’t. So let’s move on. *lol*
7.) The Absence Of Parents In YA Books Or The Absence Of Children In Books That Feature Parents
I dunno about you but I’m so tired of this trope?! thing?! or however you want to call it. Parents are such a huge part of a child’s life so I think it’s totally unrealistic that they barely appear in books. Same goes for books that try to tell me that the MC has a 5 year old kid but then mentioned kid almost never appears in the book. I mean we’re talking about a small kid here and as a parent you have to take care of your kid, you’re basically your kids world. Wherever you are, your kid is there too. Period. So little children that are completely out of the picture and apparently always in kindergarten or at school are just not working for me. If you write a kid into your book, make it realistic. Thanks!
8.) Books with illogical sentences, bad grammar, etc.
Haha! Okay, I know AFTG would probably fall into this but I love this series so much so it’s definitely an exception to the rule. xD This out of the way: I really don’t like it when books are illogical or have bad grammar or a weird sentence structure. I once read a book that had such a nice premise but once I started to read the book I had to fight through it. The sentence structure was horrible and most of the time I honestly didn’t even know what the author wanted to say. So umm… definitely not for me. I mean if I’m a beta reader and am meant to find those faults okay, but if it’s already a published book. Nah.
9.) Characters that only live to please their love interests and nothing else exists.
I just can’t with this trope! At first the MC is amazing and badass and you think: Ohh! Finally a great MC that is its own person and doesn’t take shit! Finally an MC that is unique and feels like an actual individual person. And then BOOM! Enter the love interest and everything goes to hell. They stop being awesome and only live to please the love of their life! Everything they do, they do together, everything they think is just about the other person and they totally lose what made them… well them. I’ve seen this happen way too often and a certain author (not gonna say names *lol*) is extremely guilty of writing those all-consuming relationships. And I dislike it so much, you have no idea. Urgh! Can we agree that even when you find the love of your life you’re still your own person and have individual needs, wishes, hopes and dreams? Yeah? Thought so. XD
10.) Authors that can’t take any critique about their books
Honestly, whenever I read those horror stories about authors that basically bullied their readers for writing an honest review I’m like: This is such a red flag! And yes, you already guessed it right, if I read about an author that haunts the dms of someone who wrote a review about their book they didn’t like you can be sure that I’ll never, really NEVER, touch their book. It could be an award winning, amazing and awesome book, but I still wouldn’t read the story or support the author because this is totally out of line and you just don’t do this. I always treat every author who gives me their book to read with the same respect I would like to receive as well and if they can’t respect my opinion then they better don’t even send their book my way. It’s as simple as that. You want an honest review from me? Then let me read the book and write a review about it, but don’t be sore if I point out some flaws and things I didn’t enjoy. It’s my job as a reviewer to give you honest and constructive feedback and criticism, it’s not my job to please you or to stroke your ego. We’re all individuals, we all have a subjective opinion and we should be allowed to voice it without fearing any repercussions. Period.
So what about you? What are your red flags when it comes to books? Do you agree with some of the things I said or do you have a different opinion?
Talk to me and let me know!
And as always take care and stay healthy and safe!
The Sassy Library Fox