Hello, and welcome to another week of Top Ten Tuesday! TTT is a bookish MeeMee hosted by Broke and The Bookish in which each week bloggers are given a topic and encouraged to list their Top Ten of that topic!
Last weeks topic was Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book, so of course this weeks topic is Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book.
As always, add your own pet peeves about books in the comments or link up to your own TTT!
I’m not bashing any particular author, because there’s more than one. James Patterson just makes the best show of it by his TV commercials. But you see, if an author puts more than 2-3 books out a year, they don’t write their own books. Which is fine. Patterson even has the name of the other author on his books. BUT, what is being sold is NOT the book, but his name. And it happens a lot with other books that have ghostwriters, which do not put other author’s names on books, especially with series; you never know when the ‘voice’ of the book is going to change. Suddenly you hate the series and you don’t know why. It’s because it’s not by the same author. If you can’t tell, this is a pet-peeve of mine. I despise you for Maximum Ride.
I’ve written about this one before, and have seen it on a few other blogs as well. I can’t stand reading books from Southern, USA where I live (with a few exceptions). Maybe it’s because the way the Southern drawl is more prominent in books? It’s not so much the pronunciation of words, but the uneducated version of a Southern accent. The language of the Redneck. Or assuming every girl is a classy southern belle or white trash; and every man is either a suit wearing gentleman or a raging drunk talking about UFOs.
This one is a little loaded, because me and Victorian lit. have a love/hate relationship. Poems such as “Lady of Shallot” are some of my favorites, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read Wuthering Heights. But back in that period authors were paid so much per word, not by the book, so they would add as many words as they could to get paid more. Which explained by the first chapter of The Scarlet Letter just described roses growing on a door! Augh.
Romanticized Abusive Relationships
This is a big thing that has been happening across romance novels; from adult, to new adult, and young adult. It can be physical, mental, and anywhere between. Mostly when I refer to this, it’s about contemporary books that can be true to life. Science fiction and fantasy usually have different rules to play with. A 15th century knight locking a girl in a castle to keep her from running into danger isn’t abuse, it’s true to the time period. Today, however, that would be severely frowned upon.
Series, Sequels, Prequels, Book 3.5, Blah Blah
I enjoy series. I enjoy sequels. I even enjoy prequels from time to time. But some authors/publishers take things way too far, especially the past… 5 years or so? with these mini-books that come between books. It wouldn’t be all that bad, but they’re sold for around $2.99-$3.99 for 50 or so pages. Some stories I enjoyed I now absolutely can’t stand hearing about simply because they were overdone. Learn when to let go!
Total Cheating/Drama: Shhh… it’s Okay.
I had enough of this in High School! I really don’t want to read about it. I don’t really like reading love triangles that get over complicated, either, but a book that’s centered around cheating and drama is one BIG fat NO for me. Even if the book isn’t centered around the cheating, say the main female/male character keeps switching between two love interests, it gets on my nerves! The MC should be left with no one.