Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (#2): Absolute turn-offs






Top Ten Tuesday this week is about words/topics that will make you NOT to pick up a book. 

1. High school drama. I used to love everything revolving around high school relationships. Recently, I have noticed that I pick those books up less and less. Am I growing up or is this just a phase? No idea. Nevertheless, I do read books in which the main characters go to high school, but I don't want the mean-girl drama. 

2. The main character aiming to be a professional musician/dancer. I can't come up with anything more cliche. We all already know how the book is going to end and I rarely want to read something when I know the result before hand. 

3. The main character is an older adult. I already feel bad, but the thing is that I don't know how to identify with a person who is over 40 years older than I am. The life experience and as well as the values probably are so different from mine that I'm not sure if I could enjoy such a book to the fullest. Please, prove me wrong. 

4. The events take place in a sullen, gloomy private school that happens to be a castle. I think I can blame this for the novel Fallen. I was absolutely bored while reading it, and the book just killed my interest for ominous castles. What a shame. I think Harry Potter and Hogwarts is the only exception to the rule. 

5. Emo kid as the protagonist. Brooding can be sexy, but only within certain limits. I have encountered some books in which the angst goes to such heights that it just feels pretentious and attention-seeking. I can understand that e.g losing someone is hard, but I don't think any reader can handle constant self pitying. 

6. Including every possible genre in the book. I like my books having clear definitions to which genre they belong. For example, The Hunger Games is a dystopian/post-apocalyptic while Eragon is high fantasy. And I love them that way. If some genius comes up with an idea to write about a boy training with his dragon while trying to save his friends in a world with hi-tech equipment I'm going to hurl. 

7. Werewolves. I don't know why I'm so reluctant to read books which include werewolves because I love for example the TV show Teen Wolf. I've gotten this idea from somewhere that books with half-wolf half-human characters aren't cool. Anyone up for a challenge to prove me wrong?

8. Teen moms. I don't want to judge, but not my piece of cake. 

9. The main character is stupid. I want to emphasis that by "stupid" I don't mean mentally disabled, but just simply people who have every prerequisite to make logical deductions and inductions but somehow seem incapable of such thing. Stupidity isn't cute for me, it's just irritating. 

10. The love interest is a jerk. When I want to read a romance novel, the guy needs to be a dreamy. That's why I read romance - to find the perfect guy. Of course the man can first appear to be inconsiderate or mean, but he is forgiven if he can make up for his previous behaviour or his behaviours can be justified. However if the guy just treats the girl bad, it is a huge turn-off. 

22 comments:

  1. Ha! I totally love the honesty of your choices! I didn't even think about going as broad as you did, with character traits and such; I mainly kept mine at inner-book-jacket-cover level. :) I completely agree with number five... You're supposed to be on the main character's side, but honestly, by the end of "The Catcher in the Rye" you just kind of hope that Holden Caulfeild falls off that cliff he keeps talking about. :) Love the list!

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    1. To be honest, I'm not very picky when it comes to genres/topics so I thought I needed to go a bit deeper if I want to have an actual TopTen. :)

      Haha, I've just read too many emo-kid books that just to hear about them makes me cringe.

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  2. I agree with you on many points, especially the last two. It's frustrating when a main character refuses to use logical thinking. And jerks - well I just think the books are full of those. The "bad boy" cliche is getting tiring, and if a boy treats the girl bad I'm very unforgiving - he needs really good reason for his attitude.

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    1. I'm glad someone shares these opinions with me - too many of my friends like for example "bad boys" in their books, and it's just killing me.

      And thanks! Newbies need to stick together. ;)

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  3. Teen moms? I never want to read that. Didn't even know this extended to books but why shouldn't it. Ugh. And yes, love interest jerks, what is that all about?!
    Great list!

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    1. There are weird trends going on in the world of books, and one of them happens to be jerk boyfriends. I really don't get them!

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  4. High school drama always makes me roll my eyes, maybe it's because I never experienced it when I went or I'm just getting to old for it, but wow, I really don't like.

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    1. All the high school drama is just so predictable and lame to me.

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  5. Some of these really made me laugh. I like brooding, but emo is out. I'm pretty set in my genres too. It must be a nightmare to market a book that is all over the place.

    Love this list, though I am a fan of audiobooks if they have a good narrator. I've listened to a few where the narrator is awful and it makes it a painful experience.

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  6. I totally agree with high school drama and main character is stupid. Often I find I am reading a book and love all the supporting characters, but can't stand the mc because they constantly make stupid decisions. It's so annoying! Great list!

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    1. I have this thing that I always need to finish the books I have started, so sometimes it's torture reading a book which has a main character straight from the dumb-land.

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  7. Can imagine a lot of these characters and subjects can be a turn of. I am usually reluctant with werewolves too.

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    1. Well, you can't help yourself with what you like or don't like. :)

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  8. This is a terrific list! I like that you acknowledge how important stages of your life are in what works and doesn't work for you in books. Totally understandable not to be interested in books with older/elderly main characters when you're in your 20s! I still enjoy books with high school settings (and I am WAY out of high school), but only if they have something new to say. If it's just another mean girl story, I'll pass. As for werewolves, well, I've read some great ones (The Last Werewolf is really graphic and violent, but amazing writing), but they're not for everyone!

    Lisa

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    1. I definitely agree with you! You made it sound so simple and easy. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Yeah, I get what you mean when you say that you don't like reading books that has the main character as a senior. You just can't connect with people that are far from your age.
    Great list! (:

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  10. It's funny - the older I get, the more I find myself enjoying books with a high school setting. At this rate, I expect to be reading about 5 year-olds in about 10 years or so.

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    1. That is a bit peculiar. :D I guess you just enjoy the drama, I understand that. (I used to be soap opera addict..) :)

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  11. High school drama was never something I liked reading about either. School as a primary setting is so cliché, and needs an original angle to really stand out. I also hate jerky love interests. If the guy is leaking red flags and I can't understand why the girl would want to be with him, I'm not going to want to read on.

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    1. Yeah, I definitely agree. There has to be something extraordinary for me as well to trigger my interest.

      And about that boyfriend thing; I think there is a "best boyfriends" list on Goodreads, and guess who is in the top ten? Christian Grey.. What on earth? A guy who wants to hit you with a belt if you look like her mom, is considered to be a good thing? What on Earth? :D

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