To be perfectly honest when it comes to fictional turnoffs in books, I’m not entirely sure I’ve given this much thought. If I think back on all the books I’ve read or look through my book archives I’m sure I could discover some. But I’m not really that curious. As a result, we’re just going to try and come up with a handful of turnoffs in books to see if I can find any in my mind.📚THE FICTIONAL TURNOFFS IN A BOOK📚 Last week it was all about things in books that make us curious. This week we're looking at book 'turnoffs.' #Reader #Reading #Readers #TopTen #TopTenList #BookList #TopTenTuesday Click To Tweet
I have one I can think of offhand but beyond this I’m unsure what, if anything, I’ll come up with. Let’s dive in and see if we can find anything, shall we?
FICTIONAL TURNOFFS IN BOOKS
Just as a book cover can make me want to read a book, there’s some styles or things on a book cover that will make me go, nope. That one isn’t for me.
There’s some genres I just have zero interest in. I don’t think I’ve read all that I put in this box, but those I have just don’t suit my reader preferences. Those I haven’t just don’t sound good. One I have read, at least partial books, is the fantasy genre and I just cannot get into it.
Almost every movie or book has some sort of “dramatic” break up! For some stories this can work, but for most it sort of takes me out of the plot and even lessens the impact the ending may have otherwise had.
When it comes to content I am not a fan of anything in excess. If it’s profanity, it feels “lazy” to “give in” to continuous profanity just because the genre “allows” for it. If Goodreads reviews are an indicator, while I may be in the minority, I’m also not the only one who doesn’t want excess profanity 20+ times in a chapter. This goes for other content too that sometimes feels more an “I’m including this because my genre says I can” or “I’m including this for shock value” that really has no value. Sometimes it just reads as too much and other times it feels more like there’s a point. Either way, I’m not here for something to be there just because of a “why not” reasons.
TOO MUCH FORMULA
I once read the guidelines for a publishing house that publishes trade paperback novels that tend to be inexpensive. The rules for submissions were strict down to a page number. That, to me, it too formulaic. I mean sure I love a good familiar story as much as the next person, but to be down to the page!! That’s too much of the same.
WISHY WASHY HEROINES
Like any trope or element of a story, where I may rail against it in one book, I may forgive it in another. This is true of any of us since we do have bias and also, storytelling is subjective. However one thing I tend to like less and less is a heroine (or hero, though I think I run across a heroine being this way more often) shifting in her emotions and going back and forth. This is especially true with a love story is there’s more than one person vying for her attention.
What about you? What things are turnoffs for you in a novel? Do you have any or are you chill and like anything? What immediately makes you NOT want to read something? Comment all the comments! Let’s chat!
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