What’s up Bookworms?
It’s TUESDAY and you know what that means! It means I’m gonna get my list on with the ladies of the Broke and the Bookish! Today’s topic is bookish turnoffs. You know how it is. You’re reading along happily and then you’re hit with a plot twist that just annoys the crap out of you. Here are some of my pet peeves:
1. One time! Pregnant! Alright folks. I know all about the birds and the bees. I also know that the odds of getting pregnant from any single sexual encounter (even unprotected) is 3-5%. (My source is this internet article, but let’s just go with it, okay?) Unprotected sex if you’re not specifically trying to make a baby is a bad idea, don’t get me wrong. It’s just not as freaking common as books would have you believe. I’m reading a book and two characters have a single fling in which the heroine ends up pregnant? I roll my eyes. I KNOW it only takes the one time, but if historical fiction and romance novels are to be believed? Shoot, you fold a dude’s underpants and you’re in the family way. Could we maybe work on another plot device, please?
2. The Love Triangle. Dear YA fiction, I know that teen love is impetuous and complicated, but COME ON! I’m willing to forgive a love triangle if I really dig the overall story (yes, Hunger Games, you get a free pass.) Seriously though. Been there. Done that. You’re making teen girls who can’t get even one date feel crappy that they don’t have two boys fighting over them. Think of the insecure teenagers, for the love of Pete!
3. Unrealistic Portrayals of Mental Illness. Alright. If your character is depressed and is magically cured by finding love or a single dose of an antidepressant, I’m not going to be happy. Similarly, not every depressed or disturbed character has to go on a shooting rampage. The vast majority of people who have mental illnesses are no threat to other people. Could we maybe try to not perpetuate the stereotype?
4. Politics. The odds that I’m going to pick up a political thriller are nil, but when I’m tricked into reading about politics? Especially like, 19th century Russian politics or Swedish politics? Don’t be offended if I do a little skimming, k?
5. Evil Spirits. These just scare the crap out of me. I only like to be frightened by things that don’t actually exist like zombies and the occasional vampire. Evil spirits could TOTALLY be a thing!
6. Ghosts. Not all ghosts are necessarily evil, but all ghosts still freak me the frick out. Well. Except Nearly Headless Nick. Harry Potter is always full of exceptions to my rules…
7. Preaching. This can cover a lot of different subjects. If I’m reading fiction, I don’t want to feel that the author is pushing an agenda. The best example I can come up with is a movie, not a book, but bear with me here. Did you ever see Happy Feet? I was all excited about tap dancing penguins and then BOOM! I was smacked in the face with a lecture on over-fishing. I know that movies can be a great way to teach kids about real issues, but I felt blindsided. When I met that penguin in real life, Josie? I got a pamphlet on over-fishing. It listed out the fish you should avoid if you want to help the penguins. I live in the Midwest. I can’t even afford fish that’s being stolen from the mouths of penguins. I can’t do anything on a local level, yo! If you promise tap dancing penguins, deliver tap dancing penguins. Don’t try to disguise my medicine with 7-up (MOM!) If you’ve got an agenda, be up front about it. I’ll like you better for it.
Alright. so I’ve only got 7 this week, but it was a QUALITY 7. What about you, bookworms? What pops out at you mid-book and drives you bonkers?