This week's Top 10 Tuesday prompt wants to know what are our book turn-offs we encounter while reading. There are certain things that just don't do it for me when I'm reading and cause me to separate myself from the story. Some may not sit well, but I'm still able to push through. While others bother me so much it creates such a disconnect from the story that I end up giving up on it.
Does this ever happen to you? Let me know in the comments if you share any of my book turn-offs, or if you've got some new ones. Be sure to check out The Broke and the Bookish for more details on this awesome weekly feature.
1. Pet Names - Terms of endearment run on a thin line for me. I'm OK with the occasional "sweetheart" or "honey", but when the character's name is entirely replaced with another word it becomes too much for me.
2. Happily Ever Afters - What? I know. Sounds like I'm a pessimistic a-hole. But since I love to read a lot of contemporary fiction, this is an element that I don't always find realistic. Sometimes life is messy and things don't always end the way we like. I get irritated when things end a little too perfect.
3. Editing Errors - I get that some things will be missed. We're all human. But when the editing is so bad that I find myself wanting to correct all the grammatical errors instead of enjoying the story, it's time to move on.
4. No Romance - It's what I love most about what I read. If the story doesn't have a romantic interest, or even just a small crush, the story is a turn-off for me. I need my romance!
5. Cringe-worthy Dialogue - Since I do read a lot of romance, there are often moments where things get pretty steamy under the sheets. I'm not a fan of the dialogue that leaves me thinking, "who really says that?!" It just makes the story uncomfortable, which then leaves me as the reader uncomfortable.
6. A Character Who Never Learns From Their Mistakes - I love a good story when the character is so screwed up, but then eventually comes out the other side OK -- or at least you walk away from the story thinking they'll eventually get there. What I don't like is when a character messes up so badly, yet they never see the error in their ways. I just want to shake them!
7. These Days: Anything That Is Not Contemporary - It's been quite awhile since I picked up a paranormal, fantasy, or dystopian novel. Does this mean I never will again? Absolutely not. Just at the moment those elements seem to be book turn-offs for me and all I want is realistic contemporary fiction.
8. Pacing Of The Story - Some novels move a bit slower than others, and in the end I totally get why that is. But others seems to drag a bit too much in parts, which results in me disconnecting from the story. There have been moments when nothing seemed to be happening and it caused me to put the book down entirely.
9. A Name I Can't Pronounce - Sometimes I am horrible at pronouncing names. It can get so bad that I end up calling the character something entirely different (in my head) because I don't want to get hung up on that and miss out on the story. If that does happens though, it still frustrates me.
10. A Dirty Book - And I don't mean the context of the book, I mean the actual BOOK itself. I love my library, but what I don't love is when I check out a book and there's an unidentifiable stain on a page. Just eww.