This week’s TTT is all about bookish turn-offs, the things that happen when you’re reading and then suddenly, something totally throws you off.
So here we go – not quite ten, and they’re mainly just products of poor writing or editing skills…
1. Suddenly We’re in Love! This is probably my biggest bookish turn-off, when writers just shove characters together without developing their relationship or friendship, so that they can get to the “problem” part of the romance. It’s like, an immediate one-star deduction for me.
2. High-Falutin’ Vocabulary – Don’t you hate it when you’re reading a book and suddenly a five-syllable word that you’ve never heard of pops up out of nowhere and completely doesn’t belong?
3. Repeated Adjectives – This is just bad copyediting, but it really pulls me out of a book when I see the same adjective used five times in the same chapter. Vary your language!
4. Too Much Whine – If a character is whiny on purpose, and it’s done hilariously, it’s usually okay, but sometimes there are characters who don’t mean to be whiny or “woe-is-me” and they just ARE. It’s not that I mind unlikeable characters…but whininess really annoys me.
5. Telling vs. Showing – This is another one that’s just a product of crappy writing. I hate it when I’m told that a character is strong or funny or anything else, and it’s never actually demonstrated. It’s even worse when a character’s actions are in total opposition to that description. Like, I’m just supposed to take your word for it? Prove it to me, writer!
6. Obvious or Lopsided Love Triangles – you know when you have two boys who love a girl, and one of them is obviously a better choice, but the writer (and the fans) keeps pretending like the guys are equal, and they obviously aren’t? Or even worse, they’re equal, but then the writer character assassinates one of them so that there is no choice? *cough*Twilight*cough*
7. Bad Boys – I’ve written about this before, but honestly, it’s a bit iffy. If done well and reasonably, I’m totally okay with a bad boy with a heart of gold. The problem is that these are few and far between, and that’s scary because it fosters a sense in teenage girls that you can really change people, or that people change because they fall in love (See my Good Boy List for more information).
Are there things that irk you totally when you read? What are your book turn-offs? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments!