name dropping. Sometimes I see books mentioning ipods, current music artists/ tv shows, etc. All I can think is: you are trying too hard. As a teen I wouldn't have wanted to pick up a book that talked about pop culture. I will give you a reference- I was reading a book and the two main characters were talking about an episode of Glee. It was from the first season- back when Glee was a super mega hit. It made the book seem dated (and it was an ARC not a published book).
Number nine is one that has made many a book DNF for me. Sometimes books are mysterious- too mysterious. Mysterious as in- I am on page 200 and I have no idea what is going on -mysterious. There wasn't much world development or character development. It irritates me so much!
This has been a problem recently for me- too many points of view. I don't mind books with tons of characters and elaborate worlds. But when you have 3 or more main characters switching the "helm" in rapid fire time, I am not interested. This counts ESPECIALLY if there is no clear distinction given when switching. Grr!
I use books as a way to escape and relax. One sure way to make me not relax while reading- put it in verse. I get it, I get it. It is experimental, it is artistic, but that doesn't mean I have to like it! I want to be completely immersed in a world that is new and detailed and complete. That doesn't seem to happen with books written in verse (at least the ones I have read).
Although I debated whether having a comparison to Twilight or the Hunger Games on the back should be number six, I decided on jumping the shark. You know what I mean... when a book is going along pretty well and you are really enjoying it. Then, all of a sudden, something happens that is completely out of character and out of left field. I am not talking about an exciting development or some sort of plot twist- I am talking about when a character does something that is so incredibly out of their personality that it verges on being ridiculous. (Or if it suddenly becomes a horror story out of nowhere- that is an immediate NO too)
full of sex. It has never been my preference and never will be. I will never be a fan of erotica. I just don't get it. I hate when I am reading a book that is awesome and exciting and then BAM it is all sex for like the next 80 pages. No thanks.
I am not the kind of person who will not read an author because of things they have done- I try really really hard not to judge a book based on the author, but rather based on the book. There is one thing, though, that will almost always keep me from reading an author ever again- Christian bashing. Yes, there are some pretty stupid Christians out there. I am talking about authors that bash all Christians and say some pretty horrible things and mock them openly. I am pretty against any author singling out ANY group and mocking them. I won't name names, but I have stopped reading a few very popular YA authors for this reason.
What is it with bad boys? I don't find them attractive at all. I want them to pull up their pants, comb their hair, and start using manners! (Perhaps that makes me old ha ha). There are a few series out there where the main character is being
Rape. Yes I get that there are books out there to help victims and to help get people taking. But I am an adult and I choose not to read books about rape- they make me uncomfortable. I am glad they are out there to help people talk, but I'm good.
I'm a momma. I will not read a book where a baby or child is hurt or abused. If it has a baby or child getting hurt/ killed- it IMMEDIATELY gets chucked. (Yes that is how bad it is.)
So what about you? What are your top ten Book Turn-offs?