Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-Offs

Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is book turn-offs; stuff that you come across as you're reading a book that aggravates you/kind of puts you off finishing it.

I poked at my brain for hours but I could really only think of five that bother me so this list will be super short!

1. Ditzy best friends. I know that ditzy, boy-crazy teenagers do exist and there are quite a few of them. But why does every female YA protag have to have one? My best friend was just as awesome as I was in high school. I feel like some authors do this to make the main character more likable but in reality it just makes me roll my eyes.

2. Books in verse. This isn't really a turn-off, I guess. But if I pick up a book and it's verse, I'll put it back down. I just can't do it. I've tried to read Ellen Hopkins' books so many times but the verse style is just not my cup of tea.

3. Animal death/abuse. I don't even flinch when humans die but killing off an animal gives me some crazy feels and not the good kind. I understand that it's sometimes beneficial to the plot but that doesn't mean I have to like it! This also applies to movie/television. I actually almost stopped watching The Walking Dead forever because of the horse scene ...

4. Instalove. I INSTAHATE INSTALOVE. That is all.

5. Text speak. Not everybody uses text speak when writing texts/emails/IMs. I detest it with a passion, even in real life. "Wnt 2 go 2 movies 2tmrw?" Really? REALLY? Can this stop being a thing, please? In real life AND books.

Do any of these things turn you off as well? If not, let me know what some of your book turn-offs are!


  1. Text speak is the worst! The funny thing is though, it's usually people post-30 that use it. I don't know any teenagers (except the feral ones) that do so whenever I come across a book that has it I assume the characters are all ferals - not a good thing.

    1. I completely agree with you! And you bring up a good point - the only person I know that does that while texting is my mom!

  2. My name is also Katie, and I think that your blog title is super clever and creative!

    I agree with your comment about text speak. Let's be honest. No one actually talks like that. I have a feeling that hashtags might become prevalent in newer releases of YA realistic fiction, but let's hope not. #ihatehashtags

  3. Good list, I dislike text speak as well mostly because I never use therefore I have idea what text speak means and I dislike animal abuse/death as well because I never really feel like it's needed but I wouldn't stop reading or watching something because of it. I actually tend to like ditzy best friend characters but I have a problem with the main character basically only mentioning them to show how much more mature and better they are it just makes the main character seem mean.