Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-offs
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1. Slow Pacing: If I'm not interested 1/3 of the way through I won't finish the book.
2. Main characters that are hard to like: If I don't like them I'm not going to continue to read about them.
3. Love Triangles. Over half of the time the girl chooses the boy I don't like so then I end up hating the book.
4. Cheating: This topic makes me feel uncomfortable. To many of my friends marriages have ended because of cheating and reading about it is just sad. The books never describe the type of devastation that happens with cheating. So many people are affected by it. I just can't read about it and end up actually liking any of the characters involved.
5. Sloppy editing: Awkward sentence structure, to many misspellings or words being misused ruin a book for me.
6. Unnecessary swearing: it's a pet peeve of mine. Swearing. Every time I read a swear word in a book, and it doesn't seem to match the character, or it seems out of place, or it is just plain unnecessary, I think back to one of my English teachers. You have the power of the English language at your finger tips, and you chose that word to express your emotion? Really? Over and over again? Power of words..and we are using vulgar language to express emotion? Um.
7. Long descriptive passages: I am all for an author describing something. Go right ahead, but sometimes, authors can go overboard. Some authors can describe every little detail, of every little thing. It can get a little tedious. (some high fantasy authors, who I love, tend to do this) I once read a book, where the character spent almost twenty pages or more climbing out of a tunnel!
8. Not Giving your reader some credit. My dad and I were discussing this the other day. How sometimes an author tends to describe their main character(s), over and over again in the book, when it is unnecessary to the plot to do so. Or who writes in a way that makes the reader feel dumb through out the book, and continues to mention things that we are aware of through out the book. GIVE YOUR READER SOME CREDIT.
9. SEX. I am not a prude. And I don't mind love scenes in a book, what I do mind is pornographic scenes in a book. I don't want to read about them. If I wanted that, I would pick up the dime store romance novels,or read S&M books which I don't read. I am reading YA, and I am reading Adult, but that doesn't mean we have to be graphic. Love making should be romantic and leave something to the imagination. Some authors are great at this. Patricia Briggs, Rosamund Pilcher..
10. Hate-able Main Characters. Have you ever picked up a book and hated a main character? You just couldn't stand them? It happens sometimes.