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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
With thanks to The Broke and the Bookish.

Oh boy, I have some serious business book turn offs and then some weirdly specific bookish pet peeves:

1. Stereotyped characters - Racial or ethnic stereotypes. Stereotyped depiction of homosexuals. Write well-rounded characters. Be better than this.

2. Slut shaming - Once again, be better than this.

3. Poor depiction of a mental illness - I hate this, if you're writing about a mental illness, do the research. See also: mental illness = evil, no matter the illness. 

4. Magically Healing Disability - I can't think of an example for this off the top of my head, which is a good thing.

The Sillier Ones Or Writing Pitfalls to Avoid

5. Contrived Suspense or Nyah Nyah Nyah Syndrome - A character has vital information that they are withholding from the protagonist for no real reason other than to build suspense. See Meridian, where the grandmother who could die at any moment chose to have the heroine rest, bake cookies, wander around etc. before telling her what her death powers are about and providing training that could save her life. See also the beginning of The Maze Runner. Also known as "I want the truth/You can't handle the truth".

6. Willful Ignorance or But Why Can't I Make Out With You, Zombie Infected Boyfriend? - A character that should know better makes choices that are clearly terrible and is infuriatingly TSTL. I have a particular example in mind and this book will forever fill me with rage. (The Dead Tossed Waves)

7. Redeemed by Hotness - Good-looking character (always a guy) commits atrocities such as stalking, assault, perhaps some mind control, even as far as murder, shows absolutely no remorse, and never faces any consequences. Heroine still loves him. His hotness burns away all misdeeds. He has been Redeemed By Hotness.

8. Nothing Compares To You - Protagonist is completely obsessed with love interest to the exclusion of all else. I like characters that care about other things aside from their potential significant other: friends, family members, leading the rebellion, saving the world, basketball, their fanfiction, they have to have something. (I'm not putting an example, think of a terrible Twilight ripoff)

9. Deus Ex Machina - It's lazy and it bugs me. Mainly the kind that is completely out of left field, at least have some set up or foreshadowing. 
I was reminded of my distaste by a recent example:

10. Angels or Mermaids - I tend to steer clear of books that feature these particular beings and I stand by this decision. Not for a specific reason, more lack of interest. There are always exceptions though.

They all will negatively affect my opinion, even if there are other aspects of a book I liked.
Luckily I've gotten better at guessing when a book will feature one of the above, in order to avoid them. I want to like every book I read. Still, sometimes I get an unpleasant surprise. I can never tell when Nyah Nyah Nyah Syndrome will strike. 

Edited to remove examples and prevent endless scrolling.

9 comments:

caitstruelife said...

i hate 3 aswell
here is mine http://caitstruelife.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-book-turn-offs/

raindropsandpages said...

I cannot agree more with the "Redeemed by Hotness" I think it goes hand in hand with the "But he only does it because he really really loves me" theme that's running around in books. Great list. :)

My TTT

bookshelffantasies.com said...

"Redeemed by Hotness" -- unfortunately, way too prevalent, and I agree wholeheartedly! Great list.

Lisa

readerholicnotes said...

Oh, I so agree...especially the nyah nyah nyah syndrome. Contrived suspense is so irritating. And redeemed by hotness...ugh!

Jaime said...

Thanks for stopping by!

Jaime said...

Exactly, it goes with all controlling/abusive heroes and it's really something I wish I saw less of.

Thank you!

Jaime said...

Sad but true. Thank you :)

Jaime said...

Glad I'm not the only one. It really frustrates me, to the point where if I see it it's an automatic DNF.

Belle said...

Ahh totally with you on all of these! Especially mental illness, slut shaming and redeemed by hotness! I also hate angel books.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Turn-offs

With thanks to The Broke and the Bookish.

Oh boy, I have some serious business book turn offs and then some weirdly specific bookish pet peeves:

1. Stereotyped characters - Racial or ethnic stereotypes. Stereotyped depiction of homosexuals. Write well-rounded characters. Be better than this.

2. Slut shaming - Once again, be better than this.

3. Poor depiction of a mental illness - I hate this, if you're writing about a mental illness, do the research. See also: mental illness = evil, no matter the illness. 

4. Magically Healing Disability - I can't think of an example for this off the top of my head, which is a good thing.

The Sillier Ones Or Writing Pitfalls to Avoid

5. Contrived Suspense or Nyah Nyah Nyah Syndrome - A character has vital information that they are withholding from the protagonist for no real reason other than to build suspense. See Meridian, where the grandmother who could die at any moment chose to have the heroine rest, bake cookies, wander around etc. before telling her what her death powers are about and providing training that could save her life. See also the beginning of The Maze Runner. Also known as "I want the truth/You can't handle the truth".

6. Willful Ignorance or But Why Can't I Make Out With You, Zombie Infected Boyfriend? - A character that should know better makes choices that are clearly terrible and is infuriatingly TSTL. I have a particular example in mind and this book will forever fill me with rage. (The Dead Tossed Waves)

7. Redeemed by Hotness - Good-looking character (always a guy) commits atrocities such as stalking, assault, perhaps some mind control, even as far as murder, shows absolutely no remorse, and never faces any consequences. Heroine still loves him. His hotness burns away all misdeeds. He has been Redeemed By Hotness.

8. Nothing Compares To You - Protagonist is completely obsessed with love interest to the exclusion of all else. I like characters that care about other things aside from their potential significant other: friends, family members, leading the rebellion, saving the world, basketball, their fanfiction, they have to have something. (I'm not putting an example, think of a terrible Twilight ripoff)

9. Deus Ex Machina - It's lazy and it bugs me. Mainly the kind that is completely out of left field, at least have some set up or foreshadowing. 
I was reminded of my distaste by a recent example:

10. Angels or Mermaids - I tend to steer clear of books that feature these particular beings and I stand by this decision. Not for a specific reason, more lack of interest. There are always exceptions though.

They all will negatively affect my opinion, even if there are other aspects of a book I liked.
Luckily I've gotten better at guessing when a book will feature one of the above, in order to avoid them. I want to like every book I read. Still, sometimes I get an unpleasant surprise. I can never tell when Nyah Nyah Nyah Syndrome will strike. 

Edited to remove examples and prevent endless scrolling.

9 comments:

  1. i hate 3 aswell
    here is mine http://caitstruelife.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-book-turn-offs/

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  2. I cannot agree more with the "Redeemed by Hotness" I think it goes hand in hand with the "But he only does it because he really really loves me" theme that's running around in books. Great list. :)

    My TTT

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    1. Exactly, it goes with all controlling/abusive heroes and it's really something I wish I saw less of.

      Thank you!

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  3. "Redeemed by Hotness" -- unfortunately, way too prevalent, and I agree wholeheartedly! Great list.

    Lisa

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  4. Oh, I so agree...especially the nyah nyah nyah syndrome. Contrived suspense is so irritating. And redeemed by hotness...ugh!

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one. It really frustrates me, to the point where if I see it it's an automatic DNF.

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  5. Ahh totally with you on all of these! Especially mental illness, slut shaming and redeemed by hotness! I also hate angel books.

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