OMG It’s been forever. How about a Top 5 Sundays?

Published September 29, 2013 by The Author

Memes are always a good way to get your thinky cap on when you’re having some rusty fiction muscle problems.


Top 5 Sundays is a weekly blog meme created by Larissa at Larissa’s Bookish Life.

“Every Sunday I will post a TOP 5 list on the blog. It can be about anything and every week I’ll have a new theme {You can vote on next week’s theme on my left sidebar!} and I will add the Mr.Linky bellow the post so you can do a list with the theme and add your link to it.”
1 – Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
2 – Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
3 – Feel free to use the Feature’s image (there is a smaller size version of it bellow)
4 – After you’ve finished your post, add you link (of the post, not your blog’s main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week’s post.
5 – If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)

This week’s topic is:

Biggest Book Turn-offs {Within the Book or Real Life e.g. Author Behavior}
*in no particular order:

1. Rape or “Forced Seduction” that turns into “Love.” – You would think in this day and age that we’d be beyond this, but… there are some extremely popular authors out there that use this trope on a regular basis. There’s a fine line between titillating fantasy and advocating rape as a seduction technique, and my general advice is just stay away from it altogether. I stopped reading a famous and popular series I used to love because it finally used “Destiny” as an excuse for rape. The heroine says “no, no no” over and over again, and afterward, even says straight out that the “hero” raped her… but 50 pages later, she realizes they’re soulmates and he just couldn’t help himself. Barf. I will never pick up another book by this author.

2. A story so obviously derivative of another, that it’s hard to ignore. Of course there’s repetition in every story, especially if you read mostly in one genre, but a good writer always puts in their own spin or extras that add something new.

3. A Series that is just the same story over and over again. I adore J.D. Robb’s In Death series, and these are formulaic, but they’re supposed to be — they’re police procedurals as well as mysteries and romances. Other series don’t have that excuse.

4. Stereotypical hero/heroine characters and relationships. The biggest one that drives me nuts is the idiot heroine that is constantly getting herself into messes that the hero has to get her out of. Damsel in distress is a delicate story that few authors can do well. The only place for this is humor.

5. Stories that take FOREVER to get to some action, be it sexual or otherwise. If we’re halfway through the book and nothing has happened besides background and a lot of dialogue or hiking sexual tension, I might not make it to the end. JUST DO IT ALREADY.

What are your biggest book pet peeves?

One comment on “OMG It’s been forever. How about a Top 5 Sundays?

  • Hey honey! Great to see you back! I agree with you on all of your pet peeves. Here’s mine:

    My #1 is when an author writes a villain and then half-way through decides to make him the hero. Now, I love a good anti-hero but when someone is doing bad things just for kicks then no, he needs to get his ass kicked by the actual hero/heroine. The anti-hero might do bad things but with good reasons. But there are just some things that a character can’t come back from and rape is at the top of the list. Once that line is crossed, there needs to be a reckoning.

    #2 – Bad writing. I know this is subjective and everyone has there own opinion, but when a book is bad…it’s BAD! The thing that kills me about this is the really bad books have RABID fandoms! I’m thinking, “People! WTF?” Twilight? Damn, couldn’t get through the first 100 pages. 50 Shades? OMG, I read the whole thing – it was like a train wreck. Horrible, but I couldn’t stop – I kept hoping that it would get better, but no. When one of my friends goes on about badly written books I want to buy them a copy of Outlander, sit them down somewhere and say “Honey, just read and then talk to me about a great story.”

    #3 – Regurgitated content. When the hero/heroine and plot are almost carbon copies of a previous book by the author. I love me some Dark Hunters, but after 5 books you can read the book cover summary and think “Yeah, read that already.” It’s not that they are badly written, but almost like the author flipped through previous books and took chunks out, changed the names and then slapped them down in the new book and called it good.

    #4 – Damsel in distress. I get that a hero needs to have something heroic to do (kinda comes with the title) but I hate it when the female characters just sit around and wait to get rescued. Did anyone see Buffy? Anita Blake? Please girlfriends, stand up and save yourselves. You can be a butt-kicker too! Girl power!

    #5 – Killing off loved characters in a series. I read a lot of paranormal fiction, so this happens a lot. The author writes this fantastic character with so many layers, who adds so much to the story and makes you just fall in love with them and then…BAM! they are dead. I know it is supposed to add to the series journey or whatever, but in some cases it’s just mean. They are torturing their readers and loving every minute of it. RIP Kisten.


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