Top Ten Turn Offs



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there!

This week’s topic is

Top Ten Words/Topics the will make you NOT pick up a book

There isn’t a lot that will turn me off from a book in an instant, but here are a few-

1.  Royalty

I don’t mean the awesome news going on right now, I mean the trend of books all about “those” royals.  I did enjoy The Other Boleyn Girl, but enough already!

2.  Vampires

Enough said about that.

3.  Romance

My mom still loves Danielle Steel, but I can’t read these types of books.  I think Steele is actually the best of the bunch-no Harlequin Romances for me.  The heaving bosoms and flowing hair is a turn off – which leads me to the next-

4.  Pecks & Abs

I love me some eye candy as much as the next girl, but come on!  What is with the rash of covers out there with all these totally ripped guys??? Unless it is a picture book, you are NOT getting my attention!

5.  Young Love

I am not a grouchy old lady, and I think falling in love is great and all, but I also remember how painful it was to be a teenager, never mind a teen in love.

6.  Space

No interest whatsoever, period.

7.  Zombies

My 15 year old son went to see World War Z.  He loved it.  I am not a 15 year old boy.

8.  Dystopian

Calm down!  I loved The Hunger Games trilogy, and I know there are some really great Dystopian books out there, but it almost seems like every other book is this genre.

9.  Time Travel

Too confusing sometimes!

10.  New Adult

What is this?  I get the Young Adult-what the hell is New Adult???

I know many of you out there disagree- these are just the things that will make me NOT grab a book-

some examples

28 thoughts on “Top Ten Turn Offs

  1. #4 made me life. Realistically, how many guys are like that. I don’t know any (not the cover worthy sort anyway).

    I’ve always thought of New Adult as when teenagers go to college.

  2. What the hell is New Adult, that’s a great question!

    This is a great list that made me chuckle 😉

  3. Oh! I agree with all 10!…at least, with 9. I’d never heard of New Adult until I read it in this post.

    Dystopian novels unnerve me. I’m not saying they aren’t good. But I just feel plain depressed after reading one. Which is why I generally avoid them…including The Hunger Games. The movie was enough to make me feel miserable for days! However, I think I’ll be picking up Orwell’s 1984 soon enough — the only exception. 🙂

  4. Great list! I definitely agree on the dystopian topic. I used to read these every once in a while and enjoyed them, but now it’s like every other book is about some futuristic society with weird categories of people or strange assignments of roles, mates, etc. Enough! I do enjoy time travel in books if well thought out, and have been known to enjoy a space odyssey or two… And yes on New Adult! Makes no sense to me as a category at all.

  5. Why do book covers for women have to be terribly embarrassing? There is no need for the characters to be half-naked, I agree.

    Also, on Along for the Ride… the woman sitting backwards on that bike, bare feet on the pedals, leaning against the handlebars, in a dress, no less–seems to be in a precarious and unlikely position.

  6. I don’t know what New Adult is either! For a while I thought it was the new trend of sexy novels, but now I don’t know D:
    The Host is actually a really good book 😀 It’s not too ‘spacey’, if that’s what you’re worried about. 🙂

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  8. I agree with you on all, especially vampires and zombies. My FB keeps filling with those naked people romance? covers.
    We are brave to speak these truths:>)
    Patti, enjoying your blog

      • I agree! Since the success of Twilight Saga, there were way too many vampire novels all of a sudden, with bad covers and even worse story lines…

        I do want to read Anne Riche, I think/heard her vampire fiction is some of the best out there. I think it’s the YA vampire fiction I try to avoid.

  9. I totally agree with not being into Zombies/Vampires. The trends are so popular that a story doesn’t need to be great to get published, it doesn’t need to be good.
    BUT WWZ! And I’ll emphasize the book not the movie, because Hollywood stole the name but the movie was really Brad Pitt saves the world from Zombies on planes. In the book zombies are back ground noise, I promise, I am not, nor have I ever been a 15 year old boy. World War Z is about surviving war against astromical odds and is astonishingly well written. The entire story is told through interviews of the survivers.

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