Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.
I have been seeing many posts lately where bloggers talk about the things they don’t like in books, like concepts or character traits. Now, there are a lot of little things I could mention that I do not enjoy in my fiction, but I want to focus on the things that can ruin a whole book or series for me. I can read the whole book and want to give it 5 stars, but if one of these things happen, I am DONE! Deal Breaker. One star! Hatefest! MurderDeathKill!!!!
1. Death of the Love Interest
Awww, it’s so artistic, it’s so inspiration, it’s so emotional. SCREW THAT! I don’t care if he or she has cancer and it was inevitable and people learned valuable lessons and how to live life, blah, blah, blah. I don’t care! You kill the love interest I learned to love through the whole book, I am done. It’s not cool, it’s not the good kind of emotional, it’s not deep. It’s stupid! I want a HEA, I don’t want death. I want to read to get out of the real world. The real world has death, not my fantasy worlds. Seriously authors, don’t do that!
2. Death of the Main Character
Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Don’t do that to me. That’s not right. “But Jennifer, it makes the series so much more meaningful when the main character that you came to love and rely on dies.” Fuck no, random author, it makes me want to rip my eyes out from the bad kind of feels. Never acceptable. Kill side characters, fine, whatevs. Yay, your super cool like Knight Rider now. But don’t kill my MC. Do. Not.
3. The Love Interest Sleeps With the Enemy
I have seen this in a few books and it makes me sick. So the MC (usually a girl with the books I read) breaks up with the love interest, or vice versa. And then, out of spite, horniness, or stupidity the love interest sleeps with the MC’s worst enemy. The girl who has bullied our MC since forever or is just a straight up bitch to everyone. Boys will be boys? Hell no. A genuine good guy would never do that. I am not saying that either person can’t sleep with other people if they break up, but don’t sleep with a bad person. I can’t have respect for that kind of guy. And I can’t enjoy the story if the MC forgives that shit, because then I have no respect for her either.
4. Stories With No Endings
I can do a cliffhanger, but when a book stops right in the middle of the story, I’m done. I don’t care how interesting the book is, I won’t continue the series. I’ve lost trust. How do I know each book isn’t going to have the same ploy to make me want to read the next book since I got no answers, resolution, or some kind of wrap-up in the first one? No thank you.
Do you agree with my list?
What are your book deal breakers?