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Due to my completionist nature, I probably won’t actually put a book down for any of these, but they make me unhappy and if I hear a book has a heavy amount of some of these turn-offs, I’m unlikely to pick it up! Also, there are only five because I can’t think of more! I’m sure that as soon as I look at other lists I’ll realize I forgot some though ;-).
1. Sexual violence: Blargh, hate reading about it. I hate that it’s become the thing to do to characters to show how tough they are or how difficult their lives are. I’m likely to push through one scene like this, but if I hear there is a lot of sexual violence in a book, I’m not picking that one up. I did actually DNF Kingdom of Little Wounds because of this, and wow wtf is up with that book???
2. Cheating: I’m weirdly sensitive to cheating in relationships. There is no like big horrible relationship event in my past that explains my aversion to cheating, honest! If a character cheats at all, I instantly dislike them. From then on, I’m rooting for the other partner to move on and find someone worthy. I get pretty unhappy if the cheated on partner doesn’t do anything when they find out, since I don’t like cheating being considered a normal part of a relationship.
3. Love Triangles: Yup, have to admit it. I hate love triangles. The littlest whiff of one from a book description will have me putting that book back on the shelf. I’m just so freaking over this YA trope. I find it very unrealistic since I’ve never encountered a love triangle in real life, and I just want to scream at the characters to figure their lives out and move on!
4. Hero Complex: A pretty typical fantasy plot line is that the MC has some magic power and destiny to save the world and they don’t know it until someone tells them. I’m pretty tired of this plot line and the special snowflakes that go along with it. I want stories from someone else’s perspective, like the sidekicks! :D
5. Boys’ Club: If there are no girls as secondary or main characters, I’m really annoyed. I connect better to female characters normally and I like seeing female characters play at least some role in a book. Token females DO NOT COUNT. If a synopsis doesn’t discuss at least one woman playing a significant role, I’m dubious.
I’m sure I’ve forgotten some, help me think of five more by telling me yours!
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