Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (104)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Top Ten Book Turn-Offs

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Love Triangles
No explanation needed, though there are SOME good love triangles.
2. Sexism
3. This one kind of relates to #2, but the "Not Like Other Girls" Mentality
What, may I ask, is wrong with other girls?
4.. Glorified Abusive Relationships
(Books where the romantic lead isn't romantic- he's controlling/obsessive/SCARY.)
5. I've-Read-This-Before Syndrome 
(AKA, this book isn't unique AT ALL)
6. Inorganic, Excessive Cursing
I don't mind language in books as long as it's natural, but if a character is using the f-bomb as every other word just because they can, though it doesn't contribute to their character at all, I just get annoyed.
7. Bad Covers
I'll probably still read a book if the description is really good, but covers are the first impression!
8. Over 1000 Pagecounts
I love big books, but TOO big just doesn't work with my schedule.
9. Fate
I'm not a fatalistic person, so this keeps me from relating to a book.
10. Repeat Syndrome
Similar to #5, this is when the same author produces a number of books that are all so similar that you can't remember which is which.

What turns you off to a book?

39 comments:

  1. Personally i dont understand why people dont like bigger books. Im the opposite and dont like small books.
    heres mine http://caitstruelife.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-book-turn-offs/

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    1. I love big books- unfortunately, they don't fit into my schedule as well as smaller books!

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  2. Over 1000 pages? That just intimidates me...it better be GOOD if I'm reading something that long. Thanks for sharing!

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

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    1. Exactly! That's a big time commitment!

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  3. LOVE your list!!! number 3 is spot on!
    Kala@ TheWishfulLamb.com

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    1. Sara (of The Page Sage)October 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      Thanks! #3 is one of my biggest pet peeves in books.

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  4. Oh no.5 is right on the mark, it's really frustrating when you get half way through a book and start feeling like you've read the whole story before with different character names

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    1. Sara (of The Page Sage)October 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Right? Just because I liked it in one book doesn't mean I want the same story in another.

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  5. Ooooohhhh #2 is such a good choice! I'm surprised I didn't think of it for my list! Seriously, it's like the only way for girls to stand out is to repeatedly say how much they are NOT like other girls. I am always sort of surprised at how sexist women are - most books I read definitely have more sexism from the girls rather than the boys. Which is interesting...

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    1. Sara (of The Page Sage)October 23, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      I don't get the mentality- there are many ways to be a girl and whether you fit the "traditional" mold or not isn't something to be ashamed of either way and certainly isn't something to scorn.

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  6. Great list! I agree, some love triangles do work, but more times than not they're just irritating and predictable.

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    1. Sara (of The Page Sage)October 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      They're just so overdone, too.

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  7. I've written a few books over 1,000 pages! It's kind of expected in traditional historical fiction, and is what I'm used to. The longer a book, the more excited I am to read it.

    Your #6 was also on my list. Too many curses can spoil a book, just like too many spices can spoil your food.

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    1. Wow, and I thought the one I wrote at 476 pages was long! haha (Though hopefully it will be a good deal shorter after revisions since it's YA Fantasy.)

      "Too many curses can spoil a book, just like too many spices can spoil your food." <-Love that!

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  8. Though it didn't make my list, I agree with you on large books. I like shorter reads. A book has to be something pretty special for me to commit to reading it if it's 600 pages or more.

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  9. Oh I agree so much with number 3! It irritates me when I read that in a books. Now that you said it, it's probably my number 1 pet peeve, right along with HUGE books and ugly covers. Great list!

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    1. #3 is almost enough to make me put down a book (but I'm always hoping that the character will come to realize the error of their thoughts haha).

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  10. Excessive cursing is a real turn-off, particularly when it isn't necessary. I read "Fever" by Joan Swan a little while ago and there was one character who was racist and misogynist. Every word out of his mouth was foul and it really affected my opinion of the book.

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    1. That character just sounds all-around horrible (unless he was supposed to be horrible? Like it's one terrible when a character you're meant to root for is racist/sexist/etc., but if that's an intended part of their characterization that's different)

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  11. I've Read This Before Syndrome-- hate that. I just read Out of Line and I literally skimmed through it because it was so cliche. I mean, really-- how many times can the same story be told?

    Excessive Cursing-- yeah, not a fan. I don't mind a few sprinkled throughout the book to give emotion a boost, but it isn't necessary. I just read the Alice in Zombieland series-- not a single curse and I could definitely feel the emotion. Mad props to Gena Showalter!

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    1. Ooh the Alice in Zombieland series sounds really cool!

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  12. Repeat syndrome makes me sad. Was that really the only story you had? Here's Ours

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  13. I used to love big books but, like you, my schedule just doesn't allow for 1000+ page counts anymore. And I absolutely agree with every point you just made -- great list!

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    1. If only there was an eighth day in the week to tackle those big books!

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  14. OH MY GOSH! Yes a million times to the "she's not like other girls" thing. That drives me crazy. It's like the only way a girl can be worth it is if she is different from everyone else. Like the rest of the female population is bad. So frustrating! That's really the heart of why I included the mean girl stereotype on my TTT.

    I'm not really a fate person, either.

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    1. Yeah, in order to be a girl of "value" you need to give up traditionally feminine characteristics. It's ridiculous!

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  15. Ohh the repetition found in books! YES! I agree..Great books are unique so once you find it seems similar to other books, it's just a turn-off.
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    Giselle @ Book Nerd Canada
    Top Ten Tuesday

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  16. Gotta agree with all of these. I totally forgot to add bad language to my list too. I can't stand it when they are just added in and serve no purpose or expression.

    My Friends Are Fiction's TTT

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    1. Yeah- it's like it's for shock factor when cursing is used like that.

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  17. I agree, most love triangles are pretty pointless and seem to be used just as a plot device to keep the "real" couple apart. There are a few that have been really well done, though. Great list! ~Pam

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    1. Yes, like the one in Clare's TID series is great!

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  18. Bad covers is a great addition to your list that I had not previously considered. I judge books by their covers all the time, and if a book has a stinky cover, I will save it to read last or forget about it. It is not that difficult for a good book cover to be made and covers really draw in certain audiences of readers, making them crucial for a book's success.
    Check out my TTT list: http://booksavvyblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. Covers are important! They're the first impression!

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  19. That's why I'm afraid to read the Game of Thrones books. o_o Normally, I don't mind lengthy stories but those look a little hefty to me. I tend to avoid books that rival the Bible in length lol. Bad covers are a definite turn-off to me as well. :/ Nice list!

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    1. GoT sounds amazing but it would definitely take a while to read (I'm waiting for all the books to be out before I dig in!)

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  20. Oh my God, I also hate Love Triangles - they're on my list too. And sexism in conjunction with the "not like other girls" attitude pisses me off. Like when a female MC is too good to hang with other girls because she thinks they all suck/are catty/boys are better, etc. Ugh! Great list.

    My TTT:

    http://diamondinroughcoal.blogspot.com/2013/10/top-ten-tuesday-11-top-ten-book-turn.html

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    1. What's doubly horrible about the "not like other girls" attitude is that the character saying it is usually supposed to be above sexism, but that's exactly what it is!

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