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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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?