Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the creative folks at the Broke and the Bookish.
I do have bugaboos, some that will make me not pick up a book in the first place or dnf it if discovered, and some that will just get under my skin and irritate me.
- Killing off or abusing children, women, or (in children’s literature) parents, especially to provide Character Motivation or the focus of the book
- Describing abuse particularly of women as romantic; a corollary is the use of the word “ravish” in a positive romantic way
- War fiction, especially focusing on the battles more than the people
- All the characters are white men (Lord of the Rings is the major exception here.)
- Books perpetuating negative stereotypes, especially if they are contemporary and think they’re enlightened.
- At this point, the Child Prophesied to Save the World makes me twitchy and has to be handled really well.
- Ditto love triangles
- Straight-up horror, thriller or lots of violence
- Really long books or series, especially if written for adults (oh, Black Wolves! Oh, Sevenwaters series! How I long to have read you! How I have put off reading you because of your length!
- Insta-love, particularly focused on stereotypically gendered physical characteristics
- Poorly researched historical fiction. This isn’t always an automatic dnf, and is something that doesn’t usually show up in blurbs, but things like medieval castles with kitchens filled with servants chopping potatoes (introduced from the New World a few centuries later) and ladies wearing velvet before it was invented make me itchy and pull me right out of the story.
What turns you off? Bonus points if you can remember something that I’ve complained about here before but forgot to put on my list!