Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, we’re talking book turn offs. Or the tropes you dislike. So let’s get into it.
I couldn’t immediately think of 10. So instead, I made a short list of things that really make me run in the other direction as fast as possible. Most of these you can usually make up from the synopsis.
Bigotry and harmful rep // With this, I’m talking pretty much everything racist, ableist, sexist, etc. No, no, no, no, no. I don’t have the time to read your petty and disgusting thoughts. I’m backing out as quickly as possible.
The mysterious boy who shows up to tell you you are a paranormal being // Strangely specific, right? But you know what I mean (hopefully). When the female main character has always felt like she was different, and then strange things start to happen. And then this mysterious boy suddenly turns up, starts to follow her and tells her she’s a paranormal being. WAIT WHAT??? If anyone did that to me, I’d be running away as fast as I could. Nope. Nope. Nope.
The teenager who doesn’t take advice from anyone // I can’t tell you how much I fucking despise this. I understand wanting to form your own opinions and decisions. But you can still do that while listening to what others have to say! This happens quite a bit in YA fantasy, when the main character is convinced they have to do something. Everyone tells them: hey, that is not a good idea for the following 45557455 reasons. Then they do it and one of their friends or family members get killed. Afterwards they are surprised that everything went wrong. WHY? EVERYONE TOLD YOU IT WOULD.
Teacher-student relationships // Who’s freaked out by this? ME.
Short sentences. Of. Only. One. Or two. Words // I REALLY INTENSELY DISLIKE THIS. It makes the story feel like a halted confession instead of a flow of words. It makes it nearly impossible for me to connect to the character, or to feel like I’m moving along in the story. It makes me feel like I’m a fish trying to swim upstream.
Unhealthy relationships // I’d like to think that I’ve grown a lot in the past years, and have learned to actually see the problematic aspects in (fictional) relationships. That I have learned to separate that from how cute the author makes the story seem at times. Now, I do notice. And I despise. There is no need to romanticize someone being manipulative and abusive, whether that’s physically or mentally. I have read books in the past that I’ve loved, and now know are really unhealthy. No more though. Let’s talk about healthy relationships more.
Horror about spiders and clowns // What’s that cloud over there? It’s me, leaving a dust trail running away as fast as I can. Clowns really freak me out. There is just something intensely creepy about that painted face. I feel the same way about people in those adult-sized suits used for advertising. Freaks me out. Also: spiders. HAHAHAHA NO.