Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn Offs

Shannon's Top Ten Book Turn-Offs
 Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

1. Repeating the same adjectives/verbs over and over.
I can't tell you how much this grates on my nerves.  Why don't editors notice this?  

2. When a character is focused on someone's body parts instead of the certain death they are facing.
Are you really going to notice someone's rock hard abs when your life is in peril?  No, you are probably going to be more worried about trying not to pee your pants.

3. Whiny Characters/Hyperactive Characters
I'm lumping them together, but I dislike both equally.  I dislike characters that just whine about the situation and how no one ever listens or let them do anything.  By the same token, I literally am exhausted when confronted with a hyperactive character.  I get they are supposed to be "cute" and "funny", but I just want them to go away instead. 

4. When someone can't choose between someone when they really should.
I don't hate love triangles.  Especially when they make some kind of sense.  But I get tired of characters not choosing between two people when a) they obviously like one more than the other or b) it has really come to a point when they need to choose.  The Elite by Kiera Cass and Requiem by Lauren Oliver are two that drove me insane.

5. Bad Flirting
It hurts so much.

6. Making stupid decisions that either put the character or others at risk.
This happens WAY more often than I like.  Like when Girl is told not to do something by Guy and she gets her panties all in a twist about it and runs off and does it anyways, only to find herself in trouble and needing to be rescued by Guy.  It is tiring.

7. Overly Convenient Plot Devices.
Sometimes authors don't know how to how to get their characters out of the corner they painted them into so they conveniently invent a paint eraser that just so happens to appear right when the characters need it!

8. Too Much Exposition
Blah, blah, blah. 

9. Hand-wringing, Mustache-Twirling, Cackling, Monologuing Villains
It is so hard to take villains seriously when they monologue about all their plans instead of killing their victims.  Focus, villains!

10. Characters who are supposed to be "witty" but just come across as an a-hole instead.
Being a jerk is NOT the same as being witty.  Authors, please stop confusing the two.

1 comment :

  1. Hahahaha your list is highly entertaining! I particularly enjoy #2, because come on, let's be real here!



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