Fun Questions | What turns you off?

September 14, 2013 Fun Questions 12

Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

What turns you off about a book?

You ever have this moment? You’re all curled up with your latest read and things are going great and then all of a sudden the author throws something in that ruins the entire book for you. It’s over. You liked the characters or the plot was moving along but now your hung up on that 1 moment. You can’t enjoy it anymore and maybe you can’t even finish it. Do you know what I’m talking about?

Thankfully it doesn’t happen to me too often. I like to think of myself as a pretty easy going reader and it takes a lot for a book to cross that line. But when it happens I tend to be pretty unforgiving. I just can’t get past it and it’s like a one-way ticket to the DNF pile. I absolutely hate it when it happens and I even feel a little guilty for not finishing the book, like I was unfair to it for not accepting it faults and all. But I’m talking serious offences. For example, I really don’t like insta-love. It’s so unbelievable that it has me rolling my eyes and there’s no way that book will be a 5 star read. But I can look past it and enjoy the book as a whole. So I have two categories of turn-offs: Serious Offenses and Eye Rollers.

Serious Offenses

  1. Condoned harm/cruelty to animals. I am a huge animal lover and nothing makes me angrier than to hear about/see/read about an animal that has been abused. It makes me sick to my stomach. I don’t want to read about it in my books. If I see it, there better be some serious (and immediate!) consequences. If not, I’m done.
  2. Explicit torture (especially sexual torture). It’s not the existence of torture that bothers me, because that can really move a story forward and it tends to really serve a purpose. Like making you really really hate the bad guy. Or making you care that much more for the good guy. But I don’t want it described to me in explicit terms. If I know it happened and get the gist that’s more than enough, thank you.
  3. Explicit Rape. This is right up the same ally as explicit torture. I get that it serves a purpose, but I really don’t want to read about it in detail. 
  4. WTF Moments. I love when a story does something I wasn’t expecting, but it needs to make sense and I just didn’t see it. I hate when an author tries to throw you off, and they do such a good job that it doesn’t even make sense. Generally speaking, those WTF Moments make me feel like continuing to read will be a waste of time, because nothing makes sense. 

Eye Rollers

  1. Insta-love. Sorry, I do not believe in love at first sight. Insta-lust I can totally get behind, but not insta-love. It’s just too unbelievable. And this coming from a girl who reads all about vampires, werewolves, and fae!
  2. Love Triangles. Sometimes these really work, but they have to be written really well for me to enjoy them. Most the time they feel like an over-used trope that’s just thrown in because you can count on them for drama. At least give it a fresh twist!
  3. Super abilities just like that. I don’t know what else to call it, but I’ve gotten pretty tired of reading about a hero/ine that was a human yesterday and woke up today as some supernatural character and voila! s/he is the best out there. S/he knows martial arts just like that. There is no growing period, no learning curve. S/he is just amazing. Sorry, I don’t think so. I’m rolling my eyes as I type this one.
  4. Blah, Blah, Blah… Blah. I didn’t know how else to describe this one. But I’m talking about those books that just describe the hell out of everything. “I woke up and climbed out of bed, stretching my arms. “Should I have coffee or tea this morning?” I thought to myself.” Imagine that in a book about a vampire killer. (I made all that up, BTW) Who the hell cares?! All that inner dialogue and description without furthering the plot at all wears me down and this one can go from an eye roller to a serious offense after a while.

I don’t think I’m too unforgiving am I?

What are your reading turn offs?

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12 Responses to “Fun Questions | What turns you off?”

    • Berls

      Isn’t that the truth! There’s too many books, even good ones, that use it. But it’s getting harder and harder to tolerate!

  1. Charlotte

    Okay, first of all, I haven’t yet experienced DNFing a book no matter how bad it is. *sighs* I am a masochist that way. You can imagine the torture that I have to go through while reading a very bad book. And once I am so tortured, I can’t help but write a very nasty negative review (but I keep it legal author and fan bashing and expletives are kept to a minimum).

    So what makes my life hell while reading a book?

    1. Instalove
    2. Co-dependency
    3. Mary Sue heroines
    4. Douchebag heroes
    5. Racist/Sexist books
    6. Intolerable info dumps
    7. No transition
    8. Plot devices
    9. No plot at all
    10. Doormat characters
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    • Berls

      I used to push through everything I started. And then my TBR list got to 200 books and I thought, “why am I torturing myself, when I have so much else that I want to read?” But I still have a heard time doing it. I like to give every book a chance.

      What a great (well horrible, but you know what I mean) list! Most of those things bother me a little, but I should have put Racist/Sexist books on my Serious Offenses list. I have 0 toleration for that!

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. jmfausti

    I just finished reading a book in which the author telegraphed about a bad thing that was going to happen. I don’t mean foreshadowing. In the last third of the book every chapter began with something like, “everything was going so well, how could we have known that tragedy awaited us,” or some other very melodramatic statement like that. It made the sad thing, which anyone could have seen coming from a mile away, extremely anticlimactic. It messed up an otherwise enjoyable and well written book for me.
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    • Berls

      Oh no, that’s a bad one! I’m okay with a little foreshadowing, but talk about a spoiler. I hate spoilers, avoid reading them like the plague so when the spoiler is in the book itself… well like you said, it really ruins it. 🙁

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    Cheating or having either one of the main characters sleep with someone else during the story, even if they have a breakup in between. It throws me out of the story and I never get back in. Ugh. This used to happen in some of the older romances but I’ve seen this show up in some modern stories.

    I’ve only read one story involving a rape and it was the hero who was assaulted! While it fit the story, I don’t ever want to experience that again in my romance reading.

    • Berls

      Oh yeah I forgot about cheating, but that doesn’t really work for me either. I can’t remember reading a book where it happened – so maybe I just have been lucky enough to avoid those ones! I know that when I feel like the story is headed in that direction from the blurb I click right past it.

      Agree with you on Rape. I’d almost have it as a serious offense, regardless of how explicit it is, but I have at least one book in mind where the hero was raped (maybe we’re thinking of the same one) and while I absolutely hated that it happened, it didn’t make me love the book less, just made me hate the villain that much more!

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂 Happy Saturday!

      • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

        I think we are talking about the same book and it didn’t make me hate the book, either. It was handled perfectly in the storyline.

        • Berls

          Ok, now I have to know if we’re talking about the same one LOL!! But I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone who might happen to read these comments. Hmmm… okay does JAMMF have anything to do with it? You’d have to have read that book to know what that means, right?

  4. Alex

    Oh, it’s quite funny, I actually don’t agree with your last point, the describing everything in detail. I absolutely love it when trivial things like that are described 😀 Other than that, I do agree with all the other things mentioned though, insta love is just so… arrrghm just no.

    • Berls

      I love great, relevant descriptions but sometimes I’m just like ok, I did not need to know that lol 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

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