Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

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This week is a FREE week so again I need to think up a topic to do. Ten things that make me avoid a book or stop reading it.

1) The Love Triangle
I HATE these damn things in dystopian, horror and urban fantasy. I want to read about the apocalypse or monster or zombies, not listen to chapters of whining and enraged hormones as the MC pines. GAG! I hate plots that are background to someone's bloody love life. If there is romance in a book, fine, if it is well written, but must we have every single male fancying our beloved MC every time? I experienced a Love QUAD once and it was dreadful!

2) After The Event Reporting
I do not enjoy a format where the book is in diary form or blog post form with the MC telling us what happened on the mission. I especially hate this in zombie books. I want to be there with the character live as they creep through a building with zombies there in the dark, not being told about it in a couple of paragraphs after the event. There is no tension or excitement or emotion in that format.

3) The Rapist Hero
I hate this. I REALLY hate this. I do not get the appeal for a 'hero' who beats up the girl, stalks her or attempts to rape her...and she falls madly in love with him and they are suddenly soul mates. It bothers me that teenage girls might think this is 'normal' instead of fiction, and aspire to be in relationships with this kind of 'bad boy'. And I hate the behaviour being justified as the 'hero' having had a hard life. Boo Hoo all over him...

4) The MC From Hell
I'm seeing a new trend in authors making the MC so horrible and cliche' that you just want them to die. Whether it is the whiny useless female, the foul mouthed racist, the thug or unreformed criminal, the sex obsessed caveman, the brainless moron, the useless waster-I just hate being asked to root for an idiot that I despise as it stops me enjoying any decent plot in the book. Surely you want characters that people will like? I don't get it.

5) The F Bomb
I'm not a prude and I do swear more than I should, but I hate to see a book that is overloaded with f's, c's, mf's and the rest. Swearing for effect or if a character is hurt and scared doesn't bother me but when characters are addressing a fridge or table as a m*****f*****, or are going to the f'ing shops, that is it for me. It is lazy writing to keep throwing in f bombs for no purpose. How difficult is it to think up good dialogue to entertain instead?

6) All Sex No Plot
I'm getting lots of books marked as urban fantasy which are really soft porn or paranormal romance. I get that people like sex scenes but NOT at the expense of the plot please! I hate when a decent book has frequent poorly written sex scenes which make you roll your eyes and skip several pages to find the plot again. It drives me mad. Write a decent plot but don't throw in dumb sex for the hell of it and ruin the book!

7) The Love Hate Dynamic
Why do we constantly see this in books with a male and female lead? They nearly always hate each other, we get the snarky childish taunts,  the 'you smell' playground stupidity and you know they are going to jump into bed at some point so why bother? I don't find it entertaining at all-it's predictable and boring for me and I cannot be bothered with it at all. It makes adults sound like five year olds!

8) Instaluv
Oh the bane of YA books and the reason I don't read many now! I hate seeing 14 year old MCs suddenly going all soulmate and helpless at the very sight of The One. Gag. I also hate the books where the attraction is so wild that brains don't work and the slightest touch has them melting in a puddle of goo! Cue eye rolling and yawning as the overwhelming love just spills off the page and makes me retch...

9) Info Dumps and Techno Babble
I really hate it when the author decides to show off how smart they are with big fancy words and jargon filled paragraphs-I'm not wasting my reading time continually looking up a dictionary! Or we get the massive info dumps every few pages which leave us drowning in complex descriptions that we can't get our heads around! The best world building is when we can imagine it clearly so don't overload us! This is why I limit my sci-fi reads. I fear nano...

10) Too darn slow 
I am a proud DNFer so if a book doesn't grab me and interest me quickly, I get bored and move on. I get that you need to set the story but don't drag your introductions out for a third of the book! I don't need the life history of every character or what curtains hang in every room of every building-tell me what I need to know and get on with the story! (The exception to this is prepper and apocalypse fiction as I enjoy the breakdown of society in detail.)

24 comments:

  1. Love triangles must die lol. I know some people like em, but... no. :) I agree with so many but #7 cracks me up, and instaluv- is there anything worse? Instalust I can see, cause yeah, but love- and yes they're too young to have found the ONE ha ha. In most cases anyways.

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    1. Love triangles need to be stamped on until they die! They are the big dealbreaker for me in books. I won't buy or download anything with a blurb mentioning the MC and her two hot guys. Ugh. Instaluv had me running screaming away from YA books about 18 months ago and I don't read many now because of it.

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  2. I totally agree with love triangles and instaluv. There is no way a teen really has a grasp on what true love it? I also hate love triangles and it's one of the reasons Twilight (which I did read and I know many people loved) drove me crazy. Plus to me Bella was MC from hell and I did want her die by the end. I can handle some of the love hate dynamic as long as it isn't overkilled and it develops over time. I believe in real life, we are more likely to see this scenario than instaluv anyway. Great topic choice this week!

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    1. I find it hard to read YA paranormal because of love triangles and instaluv. At the time I found Twilight a bit slow but liked it, but with my changing book tastes I suspect I wouldn't like it much if I reread it! You actually make a good point about Love Hate being more likely in real life. I hadn't really thought much about that.

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  3. What's worse is when all of these things are in the same book, I read a book almost exactly like that that last year. I hated it, it was the worst book I have ever read. It was a NA/Adult contemporary romance. The dude, I'm assuming she ends up with, was breaking into her house and doing sexual things to her. She thought she was dreaming. It was disgusting and I DNF'd the hell out of that.

    My TTT: Marie @ Pages to Explore

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    1. When I get a few of these things in one book it makes me explode! Ok that is a seriously messed up plot there and that book would've made me fume! That's not romance! What's wrong with these authors????? Ugh!

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  4. I definitely agree with 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8. I especially hate that after the event reporting because it takes me out of the story when characters are like, "I took a deep breath and opened the door. I didn't know how much I would regret that decision," or some crap because now I already know something bad is going to happen, and I'm no longer in the moment experiencing the anticipation with the character.

    I am also so tired of these abusive love interests. It genuinely appalls and concerns me because these are the heroes people are fawning over as being sexy, and so that's what we're saying, as a society, is sexy. We're saying abuse is sexy. That's not ok! It's no wonder there's so many problems with the treatment of women!

    I do like love triangles though, so I can't agree on that one. Although I once read a book with a love septagon, and that was just... no.

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    1. A love septagon? OMG that sounds horrific!

      The example you gave about the opening of the door...I hate that kind of thing, especially when it adds, 'and that is the night I died' or some other spoiler. Gads just let us experience the story! The abusive love interests are getting way too common in books. I see it everywhere in books and reviews. It's no surprise to see lots of women staying in abusive relationships if we're saying it's ok in books!

      I think the love triangle thing is fine in some genres...I'd expect to see more of them in romance novels obviously and I certainly get that some readers love them. I just get bugged when the zombies are breaking down the doors and Mary Sue is pondering whether Brad or Chris is better in bed!

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  5. All of these can be deal breakers for me as well. It depends on the book and I might push through and keep reading but I really don't care for any of the things you listed. Great list!

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    1. I agree, sometimes if the story is really good you can ignore what is usually a dealbreaker-it depends on the writing once I get into the story. But I do avoid blurbs where each love interest is described as hot, intense and smouldering! LOL!

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  6. Instalove, sex with no plot, pointless f bombs and too much f bombs, I don't MC's from hell or abusive partners either!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2017/01/top-ten-tuesday-freebie-top-ten.html

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    1. Getting them all in one book is not a lot of fun!

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  7. Instalove and love triangles are real killers for me too.

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. They seem to be in virtually every urban fantasy plot I like the sound of!

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  8. These are pet peeves of mine that I have with various books too. I wish that they would stop with these issues in books. Great list!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. I think I'd be happy if some authors could just remember that not all of us want that in certain genres. That'd be nice!

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  9. I so agree on a lot of those. I hate Instalove with a passion and am over the Love Triangle. That is, why I avoid YA literature. YA Books without one of the 2 don't exist at all, it appears. Rapist hero..abusive hero.. I just get angry thinking about it, so I will leave it.

    I don't mind the F-Bomb :D

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    1. I went through a bad spell where 30 YA books in a row had instaluv and love triangles not mentioned in the blurb. It was a lot of wasted time on these books and a lot of money. Maybe publishers should be forced to decalare both like health warnings on the cover!

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  10. I am so with you on most of these except maybe #6, lol! I do love the crazypants monsterporn.

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    1. If you're talking monster porn or erotica or something I'd say it's expected that sex dominates the plot. Not my genre but I get that the reader would expect that. I just get bugged when it happens in books where I expect plot to dominate, so to speak!

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  11. Yes I hate a lot of these! I have to admit though, swearing doesn't really bother me.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/top-ten-tuesday-93/

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    1. Swearing in general doesn't bother me but the pointless stuff frustrates me like the calling a table or fridge a mf...that just gets too much for my tastes!

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  12. Cosigned on pretty much all of these! And I've never got why some people hate present tense -- sometimes it's the most effective!

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    1. You have to be creeping through the dark with the main characters when huge mutant spiders or zombies or scary crap are lurking...I want to live the terror as if I'm there, not peer into their diary later! Where's the fun in that?!

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