Top Ten Tuesday is a heme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:Top Ten Book Turn-Offs. (You know..you are reading and then SOMETHING happens to completely turn you off — cheating, absent parents, multiple POVS etc.)
This is a little rough to discuss – I love to examine awesome books, and I adore bragging on my favorite titles. But we do run into books that just turn us into pure, unadulterated rage.
We step into the book, and before we reach the end, we’re done, over it, and off to rant. This week, we hash over what exactly will turn us away from a book. Unlike the TTT topic about what we dislike, think of it as anger-induced Easter eggs hidden in books.
1. Animal/child/elderly abuse – I can’t deal with that. There are some books that have gotten whole stars ripped off the final rating because of those reasons right there. I quit The Coal Elf by Maria DeVivo for animal cruelty.
2. Graphic scenery/violence/rape – Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan was just a little too much for me to handle. I couldn’t even get past the introduction and the first chapter. It was sickening to read about the events, and this might have been an awesome book, but I can only stomach so much.
3. Heavy Handed Politics – I had to give up on a book by an author I love because the heavy-handed political plot. I get enough of this in the real world. Yes, a majority of books will have political elements, but beating me over the head will turn me off of the writing.
4. Unsympathetic Characters – The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold and The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd contained character that did not resonate with my inner reader at all. I stopped reading one, and labeled another as the worst book I ever read. If I am not with the characters, then there is little motivation to make me finish the novel.
5. Killing Off Characters (just for the sake of killing) – Death is a large motivator, but sometimes, it is an easy plot device. I stopped reading the A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin for this reason. I see no need to continue if the characters I invest in are to just die.