Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (94)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Top Ten Words/Phrases That Discourage Me from Reading a Book
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Vampires

and

2. Werewolves
I've had bad experiences with these two. After Twilight, the YA market was way over saturated with these books, and the focus wasn't even on the cool paranormal aspect. No, it was on romance, and romance that tended to be unhealthy. Pass.

3. Dystopia

and similarly

4. For Fans of The Hunger Games
I know, I know. I always say that I'm done with dystopians, but then I'll pick up a great one and fall in love with the genre all over again. It's a complicated relationship. As for the second one, I've read The Hunger Games. I've read 15 other books that are supposedly like The Hunger Games. How many THG doppelgangers can there be?

5. Pride and Prejudice Retelling
This may sound weird because I talk about my love of Austen (and especially Pride and Prejudice) all the time. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is my jam. But when it comes to books, I don't want to read a story where I know exactly what is going to happen, you know? 

6. Angels
They just aren't my interest. This is actually a bit similar to vampires and werewolves because it's the romance that turns me off. If they were more like the angels in Supernatural, I'd be game.

7. Issue Books (Drug/drinking problem)
I love realistic fiction. I love light and dark realistic fiction. But Ellen Hopkin's books have never appealed to me, despite their acclaim, nor have any other books that are pitched as books about dealing with an addiction. This doesn't mean I won't ever read one, but they're not first on my TBR list.

8. World War II/Holocaust
I can't tell you how many novels set during the Holocaust that I've read. I've lost count, that's how many. (A lot of this is because the majority of the teen books in my temple's library are set during World War II and I read a lot of those books in middle school.) After a while, I think I'll read books on this topic again, but I need a break. (I am still reading nonfiction stuff on it, though. In fact, I'm signed up to take a Holocaust and Genocide course next year.)

9. For Fans of Twilight
No. Just no. 

10. The Next Harry Potter
If it's pitched as the next Harry Potter, odds are it isn't the next Harry Potter.

What words discourage you from reading a book? 

27 comments:

  1. Hahaha, I've realized that if it's pitched as the next anything... it's not that thing at all. Except for where we desperately want it to NOT be the next thing. For instance, how many times can Twilight be retold?

    Bekka
    Pretty Deadly Reviews

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    1. Yeah, that marketing technique is hit or miss, but tends to lean towards miss.

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  2. Hahahaha we have a lot of the same. I used #9 as to why I avoid #1 & 2 :)

    My TTT

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    1. Well, you know what they say about great minds. :)

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  3. I have WWII books on my list as well. I just reached saturation point with the horrors of it all.

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    1. Exactly! I think I'll be ready to read more of this time period eventually, but for now I'm burnt out.

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  4. Just every book which says the next... or for fans of.. gets too high expectations and can never make them true..

    My TTT:
    http://evelinesbooks.blogspot.nl/2013/07/top-ten-tuesday-8.html

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    1. Exactly! If I'm promised Harry Potter, I want a book just as AMAZING as Harry Potter, and well... the odds are not in favor of that happening. (Um yes, I did just combine 2 fandoms there.)

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  5. Aagh! We're so similar! :) I have books about serious issues on my list as well, and all of the "wannabe"-style "The Next Big Thing"-type books I just encapsulated into one category, of books that are too weak to let their stories stand for themselves, lol. Great list!

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    1. The thing about "wannabe" books is that I probably would have liked them if I hadn't had my expectations raised, you know?

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  6. I also stay away from books with serious issues when it's contemporary YA--I just want a fun, happy read! I actually love dystopian, but I know what you mean about how it's marketed as the next whatever. But that's just the marketing department, not the author! :) ~Pam

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    1. There are a lot of dystopians I love (The Maze Runner, Eve, The Darkest Minds, Unwind) but I'm just not sure I want to read anymore. It gets to be unoriginal after a while, and when it's marketed as just like another book, it doesn't help.

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  7. I'm surprised by the number of Dyspotian mentions I see.

    Great list.

    My TTT List

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    1. I think this genre has gone the route of paranormal romance and is overdone. Readers are getting tired of it.

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  8. Good list! I hate when they take P & P and screw it up! I read Death comes to Pemberley- awful!

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    1. I find that P&P retellings translate better to screen than books, like in You Got Mail and LBD. Not that this is true for every case, of course.

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  9. I HATE Pride and Prejudice retellings. Or any classic retelling. Why can't they just leave a good thing alone? And yes, anything that says it's the new Harry Potter is not and will never be. You don't see that as much anymore (now it's all "the next Twilight" or "the next Hunger Games") but still - nothing can beat Harry Potter.

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    1. I don't hate ALL classics retellings (for example, I'm really intrigued by Robin Hood retellings if they're done right), but Pride and Prejudice is just so hard to do in a way that's refreshing and unpredictable.

      Definitely agree with you about Harry Potter. :)

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  10. This is exactly what I was thinking! -looks at my ARC of The Bone Season suspiciously-
    It's being pitched as "The next Harry Potter," but, like you pointed out, if it's pitched as the next Harry Potter, the odds are that it isn't the next Harry Potter.
    Lovely list! ;D

    My TTT

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    1. I'm definitely wary about The Bone Season, especially after The Night Circus, which was also pitched as the next HP.

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  11. Yay for P&P fans! Although I like to give retellings a try. I like knowing what is going to happen.

    And seriously, nothing is going to be as amazing Harry Potter!

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    1. "And seriously, nothing is going to be as amazing as Harry Potter!"
      Amen to that!

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  12. Yes, yes, and YES to everything you said about Pride and Prejudice retellings. I'm all over movie adaptations, I was a faithful and ardent viewer of Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but I can't stand when people try to "continue the story" in novel form. It just doesn't work for me

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    1. Exactly! The characters in book form just aren't as rich as Austen's original characters and it's so predictable.

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  13. Ageed. Though, if you're looking for Supernatural-ish angels, you might like Angelfall by Susan Ee.

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    1. I'll look it up. Thanks for the rec! :)

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Your comments brighten my day. :)