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!
- Largely bad reception: Self-explanatory. Anything rating under a 3.5 on Goodreads.
- 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.
- Medieval setting: Literally my least favourite time period. Can just about handle GoT because it’s Westeros and not England and you know…dragons.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The protagonist is into sport: Just can’t identify with this. Lol.
- 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.
- 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!