Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of the bloggers there at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was a really difficult one for me: the Top Ten Words and/or Topics That Make You NOT Pick Up A Book. I … really don’t think I have any! As such, this was extremely hard to put together, but because I wanted to participate, I changed it a bit so that these are things that make me look sidelong at a book and internally debate whether I’m going to read it or not. In most cases, they’re not definite deal breakers – I’ve read plenty of books that involve most of these topics or phrases – but they are things that make me think hard about whether I’m going to pick up the book or not.
1) Love Triangles: I find this a really tired trope that’s particularly found in YA these days. I’ll read books that feature them, but I tend to get annoyed fairly quickly with the characters involved.
2) BDSM: I think my biggest issue with books dealing with this type of subject matter is that authors tend to not handle it as carefully or appropriately as they should. This is based purely on hearsay, though, because I’ve never read a book that features this topic.
3) The next “x”: Anything calling itself the “next” [insert name of popular title here] always earns a raised eyebrow. I really wish publishers would stop.
4) Vampires: Fairly self-explanatory, no? I’m just kind of tired of vampire stories.
5) Badly-Behaving Authors: I won’t support authors that attack reviewers. That’s a definite deal breaker for me. If you can’t handle negative reviews, you are probably in the wrong profession.
6) Anything compared to Harry Potter: This isn’t as big a thing anymore, but once upon a time, it was right in line with #3 above. Don’t call yourself the next HP, because you’re just NOT.
7) Pulled-to-publish fanfiction: This seems to be particularly huge in the Twilight fandom, and I just really can’t get behind it. Particularly since most of those stories are still available in their original form if you know how to Google.
8) Zombies: While I’ve been reading more books dealing with zombies of late, they still make me nervous. I’m always afraid the book is going to be too gruesome for me.
9) Audiobook: I just don’t have the attention span necessary to listen to audiobooks. I really want to like them, but I just can’t pay attention for long enough amounts of time.
10) Erotica: I love romance novels, but I don’t want to read a book that’s simply all about the sex. It’s just not a genre I’m interested in at all.
So that’s what I finally settled on this week! What are your no-no topics and/or words? Please link me!