Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make Me Not Pick Up A Book (8)

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

I haven't done a Top Ten Tuesday in a while, but this topic caught my attention, so I decided to do it. I tend to be quite open in what I read, but there are a few things that will cause me to put the book down and give up on it altogether.  

1) Male POV/male protagonists: Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against guys, but if a female author is trying to portray the thoughts of a male character, I'm a bit hesitant. But if the author is a guy, then I would be fine with that. In my experience, most female authors fail in portraying male characters *cough* Ethan from Beautiful Creatures *cough*

2) The synopsis contains the word "mysterious guy/girl": More times than not, I've found that when this phrase is present in the synopsis, the author is just trying to cope out of character development. I mean, just as long as the person is mysterious there really is no point in developing that character, right? /sarcasm Example: Daniel Grigori from Fallen

3) When an author I don't like blurbs on the cover of the book.

4) One word: Werewolves. I find them gross and icky and not something I want to read about.

5) Character X moves to a new town because of recent tragedy: Come on. This is getting pretty old, and if authors think they are catching our attention by doing this, they are incorrect. And usually, if a book contains an unoriginal element like this, the rest of the book will probably be just as unoriginal.

6) Love triangles: Don't even get me started on this.

7) Set solely in high school: I already have to deal with the drama associated with high school every day. I don't find it very enjoyable to read about it in a book.

8) Dystopias set in the future but are actually romances: I cannot stress enough how much I hate these. It's like, I want a dystopia, but I end up with a book full of drama and little to no action and worldbuilding. *Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi*

9) Survival stories: Excluding The Hunger Games, I don't have a great history with survival stories. Namely, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Hatchet, and The Sign of the Beaver.

10) Characters are under 14: I know this is weird, but I don't like reading about characters that are much younger than me. Probably in a few years I would, if I wanted to go into the mind of a ten-year-old and relive my childhood.

Make sure to link to your TTT post so I could check it out!    


  1. I also have a thing with male protagonists... But it's to the point where I won't even pick up the book even if it is a male author that has portrayed him. I just never seem to get along with male narrators at all!

    I'm the same with the age thing too. I was re-reading a book today that I read a couple years ago and when I found out the MC was fourteen, I did a double take and went "Woah, last time I read this I was the same age!"

    - Rachel @ Booktastic Reviews :)

    PS: LOVE your blog - just followed! ^.^

  2. Ugh. Love triangles. I don't like werewolves either. I also can't get into fairies. They are just weird and creepy. http://wp.me/pzUn5-1Ba

  3. Good list, I hate love triangles they are the worst and almost always ruins the story for me because it ruins at least two of the characters. I agree with the back cover saying mysterious guy/girl or moved after a recent tragedy because it's overused also why can't a character move somewhere new without having a sad backstory. I also hate when a series calls itself a dystopian but it's just a romance set in the future because if I wanted to read a romance I wouldn't have picked up a dystopian book in the first place. I use to be the same way when it came to werewolves but then I read Shiver and started watching Teen Wolf and since I loved both of them I now consider myself a fan but I don't actively seek them out or anything. I can get why reading about children wouldn't appeal to you but I personally love reading about them for some reason.

  4. I totally agree with what you said but I like werewolves ;) I absoultely hate it when female authors write in a male POV because it just doesn't feel realistic at all and sometimes I forget I'm reading in a guys POV.

  5. Great list! Worst scenario: love triangle with a mysterious boy who turns out to be a werewolf set in a fake dystopian society :)

    My TTT

  6. I hate the Dystopia-Romance thing too. It drives me up the wall! Really great post Summer! :)

  7. Good list Summer :)
    Well, male POV it really depends on the authors...there were books I completely loved reading in a male POV and others that felt forced!

    Oh and I'm a new follower ;)

    Joana @ A Bookworm Confessions

  8. Wow, I think your first point about male protagonists is actually really interesting because a teacher once told me that it could make a really interesting story if a female wrote from a male perspective. However, it is difficult to make it come across natural and not superficial. How do you feel about male authors writing female characters?