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.