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!
So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is our Top Ten Book Turn-offs, which is actually REALLY hard! I realized as I perused my Goodreads shelves that I don’t really have that many turn-offs, because nothing is really an absolute deal-breaker. I just MAY look a bit sideways at a book if something pops up or I see something in a synopsis, but I’ve never not picked up a book – or stopped reading a book – because of one specific thing. Nonetheless, below is what I finally came up with (you’ll note I couldn’t figure out ten things, so just settled on six), although please be aware that these are not hard and fast rules.
1) Dull Storytelling
You know, those books where you’ve read 100 pages or more and still NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. The ones where you realize you’d rather be doing ANYTHING else than reading the book? Yeah. Definite turn-off.
2) 1st Person Point of View
This is something I have sort of come to grips with, probably because of how much I adored the Percy Jackson & the Olympians books, but I still don’t really love 1st person POVs. Percy is definitely the exception to the rule!
3) Spelling, Punctuation, and/or Grammar Issues
If you’re mixing up your homophones, or don’t know how to punctuate your dialogue? I’m probably not going to get too terribly far into your book. I just can’t deal with mistakes that REALLY should have been caught prior to your book’s publication.
4) Main Characters I Can’t Connect With
If your book has an MC that I couldn’t care less about – or can’t sympathize/empathize with – then the book’s most likely going to be a struggle for me. I am an emotional reader, which means I need those emotional connections to SOMETHING in the story. The MC is usually what I connect with, and when that doesn’t happen, reading just really becomes a struggle.
5) Overly Flowery Prose
You know it: the good old Purple Prose epidemic. Descriptions are good, and I love a good turn of phrase, but sometimes you really can have too much in that department, which is a surefire way to throw me out of the narrative.
6) Overly Emotional Reads
Sometimes I am connecting TOO much with a story, to the point where I am physically uncomfortable with what I’m reading. A perfect example of this is Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman, which I just couldn’t finish because of how uncomfortable I was with the setup, the characters, and the plot. Was it good? Yes. Could I finish it? Nope.
So, yeah. That’s all I’ve got. I’m sure that I’ll see some other subjects I could have added once I peruse others’ lists, but this was all I could come up with on my own!
What did you put on your list this week? Do we share any similar turn-offs? Please link me!