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This week's topic is about the things we encounter while we are reading and it totally turns you off. Different from the topic we did this summer about things that turn us off before we even START the book --topics/words that will make us NOT pick it up.
Insta-love: OMG, one of my biggest pet peeves EVER! You don't just meet someone and instantly love them. Seriously. Love takes time, there is such a thing as instant-lust, but not love. So please, can this stop being a plot point?
Animal cruelty: Seriously, you can kill off pretty much everyone in a novel and I won't cry (well, I've been known to cry over a couple Harry Potter related deaths), but if an animal is sick or gets killed or even slightly mistreated I WILL CRY. And I HATE when this is used as a plot device! Having an animal in a novel always scares me.
(Seconded by Jana: Animal cruelty has me throwing books in the trash can, having horrible nightmares, and crying like the biggest baby ever. I won't even read a book if an animal is mentioned in the back cover summary, because I am scarred for life. I boycott authors who kill animals. And sometimes they do it in the most graphic, horrifying ways! I am just not ok with it, and I feel as though it encourages it in young adults. It's not cool to hurt an animal, so stop making it seem like it is. Just thinking about this gets my blood boiling. I don't think I feel stronger about anything related to books.)
Boy Saviors: Okay, I get that love can help people along in life and YEAH in some cases it CAN save you but I'm talking about flimsy romances where the ONLY THING that saves the girl is some guy. I like when something is a catalyst and THEN someone battles to save THEMSELVES. Does this make sense? I feel like I'm rambling! But bottomline: THEY ARE LIKE 16 year old boys...not saviors! Do you KNOW 16 year old boys? lol My nephew can't even pick up after himself.
Unexpected Forced Love Triangles That Are SUPER obvious: I'm ok with a well done love triangle (but god CAN EVERYTHING STOP HAVING THEM) but I really hate when it's more of a distraction and annoyance when some pointless love triangle comes in and it's SO obvious what's going to happen.
Super Possessive & Controlling Guys You Are Supposed To Root For: I'm not one who will hate a book just because it contains something I HATE or think is wrong because let's face it...these things happen in life and stories need to be told. So possessive and controlling dudes? EW! But that's fine. It's happens in life. BUT BUT BUT when I'm supposed to ROOT for this guy and find him swoonworthy? NO NO NO NO.
Absentee Parents: Seriously? Not a single parent in the picture? At all? No responsible adults at least? Get outta here! I know in SOME storylines it will make sense (stories ABOUT absentee parents) but I hate when I'm seeing this convenient things where parents don't exist to make the story actually happen.
Repetition of certain words or descriptions: How hard is it to find a different word or way to describe someone? If Stephanie Meyer used "velvet/velvety" ONE MORE TIME I was going to kick a puppy. I just hate some of these stupid descriptions of the male lead characters that keep getting tossed around the WHOLE novel. STAHP IT.
A Virginal Character Is Used In Ways I Hate: Ok, listen up. If I'm reading a book and you use a character who is a virgin to represent the character who is more moral and not a "slut"...I'm going to throw your book. Just because a character HAS sex does not make them a slut and a character who is a virgin isn't all that is pure and right or whatever. All it means is that the character has not had sex. All sorts of DIFFERENT kinds of people are virgins.That's all. Also, please don't make characters who are virgins as being weirdos. Come on.
Julia's Picks:I agree with Jamie on Love Triangles, but after feeling over saturated, I just can't stand them at all right now. Can I get a break please?! Not everyone wants to be the center of two guys attentions. And, like Jamie said, SO MANY seemed forced and shoehorned in. I can just see the publisher going "This is great and all, but I think this best friend character should really be another love interest. Make it happen"
Surprise! That book that you have really been loving these past 2/3 isnt going to wrap up in the next 25 pages because IT'S A SERIES! I can't tell you how many times this has happened and I immediately go into RAGE MODE! I love series, BUT I also firmly believe that a book, especially a first book, should be able to stand on its own enough to call it a book and not just "part 1". I want some resolute and a little tease at whats to come. I am more forgiving if its the second book or greater, but still. I want a book that I can say, "Wow. That was a great book. I can't wait to read more in this series." See Cinder/Scarlet.