Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT Pick Up A Book
I felt it was only appropriate that I cover both sides of the coin. So, without further ado...
1. Faeries, vampires, and werewolves, oh my.
I'm just not into the paranormal/fantasy thing. I read the Twilight series because I felt it was my duty as a reader to do so, but I didn't get a lot of enjoyment out of it. I haven't been motivated to try much else since then. Is Harry Potter considered fantasy though? Because I would totally make an exception for that.
2. A cheesy tagline.
Or any tagline, really. Why does a book need a tagline? Can you imagine if Jane Austen sat around coming up with taglines? If you've already chosen a good title, let it speak for itself. I feel like taglines are just the author saying, "Okay, the title might not have drawn you in, but wait wait wait! Don't walk away yet noooooooo..." I don't want to be sold that hard.
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I don't understand this new genre. Honestly, it seems like they just didn't want to say "erotica for the older YA's". Yes? All I know is, my early 20's were not nearly as racy as these authors seem to think.
4. Part 2/3/4/etc of a series.
I am way too type-A to start a series midway through. I have to start with Part 1, or I'm not starting at all!
5. Fiction written by a "celebrity".
I side-eye anything written (or that claims to be written) by a celebrity (other than biographies/memoirs). Lauren Conrad writes books? Whaaaaaaaaaa?
6. Short story collections.
This is one that generally turns me off, but I DO make exceptions. I greatly prefer novels to short story collections, because I like to really steep myself in a book...short stories pull me out of the plot too quickly. That said--I will read ANY short stories that Stephen King writes, and I will try other authors if I hear enough good hype about their work beforehand. (Jhumpa Lahiri, I'm coming for you.)
7. Hey look, boobs!
Erotica is just not my thing. Much like "new adult" novels, I find them a little ridiculous and hard to take seriously. WHATEVER, I'M A PRUDE, I KNOW.
8. A message from...above.
Apparently I am a middle-of-the-road reader, because just as I'm not a fan of erotica, I'm also not a fan of the opposite end of the spectrum: Christian and LDS fiction. I'm not an atheist or anything like that, but if I want religious inspiration, I prefer to get it from sources other than my fiction novels.
9. The title is too similar to another well-known novel.
It's not that I avoid books with similar titles--it's just that most times, I honestly don't realize that they are two different books, thus causing me to not read one of them. Do you know how long it took me to realize that Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Shadow and Bone, are NOT THE SAME?
10. Mass-published fan fiction.
|In my search for a cutting meme about 50 Shades, I found this instead, and it was way better.|