Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books Turn-Offs

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Brooke and the Bookish

10. Info-dumps. They're boring, annoying and most of the time, useless. I don't want to know Billy's horse's life story, especially when we won't see either it or Billy again for the rest of the book. 

9. The female lead is older than thirteen and yet has never ever ever been attracted to anyone before she meets her love interest. That's just plain unrealistic and will make me roll my eyes at best and make me want to fling the book across the room at worst.

8.  POV shifts within the same scene. I want to lose myself completely in the story, and I hate being constantly pulled out to worry about getting who is thinking what and when. 

7. The main character who is completely passive. When I get stuck with that kind of lead all I want is to get in the book to shake them and scream at them to just do something, damn it!

6. The character who keeps on rushing into danger and needs to be saved, thus putting the other, more likable characters jeopardy. I wish somebody would not bother going to save them and get the story rid of this insufferable idiot. When the idiot is the main character I usually side with the villain.    

5.Plot Holes. And I mean glaringly obvious plot holes. It's incredibly lazy to not correct these, and they ruin the reading experience for me. 

4. Mary Sues and Gary Stues. Do I even need to explain this one? Not only are these characters insufferable, they also lower the tension, because we know that whatever they do they will always get it right. 

3. Inconsistencies. If the author can't be bothered to remember what they said from one book to the next or even from one chapter to the next I don't see why I should be bothered to listen to them.

2. Insta-love. Not only is it completely absurd and irrealistic, it also completly ruins the rest of the book, because all the page space that could have been spent with the actual development of the relationship is filled with mushy scenes of the characters looking into each other's eyes and talking about how much they love each other. 

1. The male lead is a douche with abusive tendencies. Watching a girl sleep without her consent and/or knowledge? Tampering with her car to keep her from seeing her best friend? Turns her into a werewolf without her consent, then gets pissy when she dumps is ass and keeps on telling people she's his wife after she has moved to Canada and got a new boyfriend? Really, author? That's the sort of guy I'm supposed to fall for? Yeah, right


  1. I agree with them all, but number 8 and number 1 made my list too.
    Laura @ Through Razzberry Colored Glasses

  2. I have #10 and #1 on my list as well. I am really tired of these sexy guys we are supposed to swoon over being abusive. It's such a turn-off I will stop reading the book because of it.

  3. I so agree will all of these! Especially the part about the main character never having liked a guy before this guy! It's just SO unbelievable