Tuesday, July 23, 2013
TOP TEN TUESDAY: Words and Topics That Will Make Me NOT Pick Up a Book
Hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.
TOP TEN WORDS AND TOPICS THAT WILL MAKE ME NOT PICK UP A BOOK
I can't stand when a couple is established and then one of them cheats on the other and expects to be fully forgiven immediately. Not romantic!
2. Obvious Love Triangles
I don't mind love triangles...if there is a purpose to them and they are written well. But, I will probably not pick up a book that tells me there will be a love triangle in the summary and that it will be the focus of the entire story.
I don't mind religion in a book if it is a key aspect of a character, but I usually won't seek out stories with religion as the main focus. They are not necessarily bad...it's just not a theme I'm interested in reading about in fiction.
4. Secret Baby Plots
I hate these in romance novels! There are some authors that can make this work for me, but they are extremely rare.
I tried reading a sheikh romance a few years ago and was so disgusted by it that I can't read another one. I'm sure there are plenty of well-written sheikh love stories out there, but I can't get that first one out of my head.
6. Boss/Secretary Romances
These can turn so bad so quickly for me. I'm not into that type of power struggle in my romances so I avoid them as a rule.
Similar to religion, I don't mind a few mentions of it as a part of a character, but it isn't a topic I like to see in my fictional fun.
8. Revenge Plots
I have read some decent revenge-themed romances, but not recently. Most of the time I get so angry at the person who is seeking revenge that I can't enjoy the overall story.
9. Spies/Private Investigators
Another theme that I have read and enjoyed in the past, but doesn't really interest me right now. I think it is mostly overload on my part.
I love a variety of paranormal creatures, but zombies are one that I have never had much interest in reading. I am a huge scaredy-cat so I never got into zombie movies plus they always seem so gory! One exception to the rule was the hilarious Warm Bodies.