Monday, December 16, 2013

[Coffee Shop Talks] My Bookish Turnoffs

I honestly don't have a lot of bookish turn offs. Cheating? Arsen by Mia Asher and Night Owl by M. Pierce are two of my favorite books this year. Male/Male action? Hell, no! Blay and Quinn, anyone? Multiple Points of View? Nope. I love that, too. Drug and alcohol use? Hello - Downside Ghosts by Stacia Kane is about my most favorite series ever, and This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas features an impossible man with alchohol-ish tendencies.  Teacher-student hook-ups? No problem there. Good and Better by S. Walden had me begging for more of that taboo story line.


One things that bothers me in books, however, is the same story told over and over again. If I read one more New Adult book that has insta-love between a "bad boy" and a "good girl," I think I may curl up and die. Bad boys and good girls are fine, but I need more to the plot that just that. There has to be more to the story, and it has to be written impeccably.

I am also not a fan of child abuse in a book. If the abuse happened in the past and an adult character is looking back on it, then I'm fine with it. If there is child abuse occurring during the present telling of the plot, then I don't think I can stand for it.

What are your pet peeves in books? We'd love to know what bookish ploys turn you off!



Keep-Calm Read-Romance said...

The cheating in Thoughtless really bothered me, but then I was able to stomach it in other books like True Love Story and Night Owl. I think with Thoughtless I was more irritated by the female protagonist than the actual cheating. Cheating happens and its justa fact of life, but with Kiera actions throughout that whole book really grated my nerves. She really was thoughtless, selfish, and a whole bunch of explicitives that I don't want to mention. LOL.

I totally agree about your new adult gripe, Jamie. I love new adult but so many new authors are using the same formula or storyline as established authors without throwing in their own twist to the story. I honestly don't mind the bad boy falling for the good girl story, but the author has to throw in something that makes their ststory and characters standout from the rest.

Great post and I love this question!

Jennifer TheBookNympho said...

I'm a little sick of the virgin heroine. I can see it in YA and maybe even NA. But when they are a supernatural that has lived for a loooong time then they should have gotten busy with someone (of course it they are cursed or something that is different).

Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads said...

I agree. There's not much that turns me off from a book, but reading the same old plot again and again does get tiring.

Danielle Romero said...

omg the insta love ones kill me too lol

Bregje said...

Cheating is probably on the top of my bookish turnoffs list, as well as insta-love. All the summaries that I've read of new adult books so far all imply insta-love between a 'bad boy' and a 'good girl' and that's definitely a reason I've been holding off on it. Do you maybe know a new adult book, where this is not the case?

Krista said...

Off the top of my head: Navy seals, cheating, undercover spies.

Neyra said...

Cheating is a big no-no for me. And I have a thing for first person pov's, some authors can write it, some should not. I'm also with you on the NA bad boy Good girl thing, it's annoying. i mean, who says the bad boy always has to fall for the good girl, why can't he find a girl who thinks and acts similar to him and they both find strength in each other to overcome their drama? *sigh* sorry, i don't mean to rant. lol

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