TTT: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Not Want to Read a Book

This week’s TTT, as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is all about what puts you off reading a certain book. Let’s get started!

TTT

  1.  Largely bad reception: Self-explanatory. Anything rating under a 3.5 on Goodreads.
  2. When it stresses a love triangle in the blurb: This is so 2010 territory, and it’s been so overdone (usually badly). In fact, sometimes it’s better if the romance is just a subplot and not the blurb, and thus the book’s, main focus.
  3. Medieval setting: Literally my least favourite time period. Can just about handle GoT because it’s Westeros and not England and you know…dragons.
  4. If it’s part of a series that isn’t complete yet: This is a recent thing. I just don’t have the patience to wait, and it always means having to re-read before the next book comes out, which is problematic when it’s a six book series!
  5. Cliche dystopia: Again, 2010-13 era. It’s just been done so many times, particularly within YA, that it needs to be really special to stand out to me.  I also don’t like the common stress of violence and warfare in a lot of dystopia. Military states are not great escapism.
  6. When it sounds like it’s going to be a make-over plot: It was fine in The Princess Diaries but that’s where it needs to end. Not all girls need a make-over, and they certainly don’t need it to get a guy. When the whole plot is about this it makes it seem as if this is most defining period in a girl’s life. Not cool.
  7. If it’s all set at school/college:  Meh. It’s just boring. The monotony of routine – of having to read about moving between lessons, chats in the outside area, references to teachers and educational systems – needs to be left in the past.
  8. The protagonist is into sport: Just can’t identify with this. Lol.
  9. Pretentious writing: I’m talking John Green levels. Not a fan. It’s not an authentic voice for a young person, and it versifies the prosaic. It also creates unrealistic ideas and holds up young people, particularly girls, on impossible pedestals.
  10. Stock imaged covers: You know the ones I’m talking about: romance with a woman in a flowing dress and a man peering broodingly over her shoulder. Gross.

 

That’s the ranting over! Hopefully I’ll steer clear of any books containing these for a while! See you next Tuesday!

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