Bookish Blatherings #20: Book Deal Breakers

Posted April 17th, 2015 in Bookish Blatherings, My Features / 39 comments

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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.

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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?

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39 Responses to “Bookish Blatherings #20: Book Deal Breakers”

  1. Braine

    points 1&2: this is why I quit reading Nicholas Sparks
    3: that’s just being slutty. Double up the condom after!!
    4. I just read a book that didn’t have an ending. Reviewed it this week. Still pissed about it.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Hehe, I knew you would be on my side! 😀 Yup, no Nicholas Sparks for me.

  2. Ashley

    I agree with all your points! It’s kind of funny because I was reading your first one, and as I was reading it I was thinking to myself, “Death of a main character!” Then I saw that was your next point. 🙂

    I don’t care if the death makes the story feel more “real” or “powerful” or “meaningful” or whatever. It’s just not cool in my book. It’s one of those things that makes the whole book/series just feel pointless to me.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It does make the whole book/series pointless. I don’t understand how authors don’t see that.

  3. Caro @ The Book Rogue

    Oh, I don’t know. I can do with 1 and 2 when it really, really fits the story. Like, when it’s more an action-filled story and not much heartache, a death fits. I’m not opposed to some real heartwrenching drama. But not when I’m already pining for two characters to finally come together, and once they do find each other, one dies? No way. That’s a deal breaker for me, too.
    3 and 4 are totally out of the question, I totally agree with you on those! They make me snarl and bitch, and I just make me hate the book more if I liked the characters in general.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I can see when there is no heart to he story, it’s not as upsetting when the main characters die. Good point.

  4. Linda Townsend

    If a favorite animal dies, I have a hard time continuing… It can be a deal breaker for me. I almost walked out of the movie, John Wick, because his dog (gifted to him by his dead wife) is murdered at the very beginning. I’m glad I didn’t… because the movie ended up being very good and the dog’s death was avenged… I’d rather they kill a character than a loving animal…

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It’s hard when any important character dies, but some I can get over.

  5. Melliane

    ah yes the death of a character is really difficult for me as well, didn’t think of this one but it’s really true!

  6. kindlemom1

    I hate to admit it but I agree on ALL of these points too! Mostly because they are so pointless. I really don’t see how they add to the story at all. I mean really, how do they. All they do is make me sad and piss me off at the same time! I’m so glad I’m not the only one. 😉

  7. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Yeah I’m definitely with you. I’ve read a couple where a characters death happened and it wrecked me. It worked in some (one you knew going in the main character was going to die) but for the most part that is a HUGE no go for me.

    I also really really hate cheating. Especially when it’s glorified.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I have been okay with some deaths when they are side characters, but main characters, Nooooooo. There are a few series I won’t finish because I heard main characters die.

  8. Benish

    This is a really great discussion post – I agree about the death of the love interest, it bothers me so much more when the kill that person. I hate cliff hangers as well especially when there’s no further installment to it. Cheating and insta love bother me as well ..

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It wrecks me when a love interest dies. No point in reading those books.

  9. Christy

    LOL – Maybe I’m just sick, but I like when a MC or love interest dies. I even read a book after reading a spoiler because of that. -sigh- Morbid is my middle name.

  10. chucklesthescot

    For me the biggest deal breaker is an MC that I can’t stand the sight of-whiny annoying females and arrogant violent men, MCs who are drug addicted criminals or thugs who hurt innocent people. I also hate the supporting cast of mean girls, airhead females and jerks. This is why I rarely read YA books now…! A bad MC will have me abandon the book within a few chapters.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I agree with you on some of these. You can’t have a full out bad MC, it’s just no fun to root for them.

  11. Kristin

    #4 is probably why I refuse to read serials if I can help it. Sometimes the books are not marketed as such and I’m fooled into reading them but I generally stay away from them. Like you said, there’s one thing between a cliffhanger and a whole other ballgame when the story just ends mid stride. It drives me bat-shit-crazy. It doesn’t help that it feels like a ploy for the author to make as much money as they can on one story. I mean, $2-$4 for 80 page snippet… and you publish 4 or 5 of these mini serials… you’re banking $20 an ebook. Gah! Sorry. That one really irks me to no end.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Serial are so frustrating. And it’s totally a ploy. Cliffhangers, cool, no endings, bad!

  12. Olivia

    It seems like you are someone who very much likes there to be a complete and happy ending! I don’t mind sad ones or deaths of main characters, but there is one gripe you mentioned that I can definitely relate to – I hate when the MC has something wrong with the love interest and runs straight to the enemy. Seriously, have some more sense than that!

  13. Jaclyn Canada

    I absolutely agree with your list. I have even avoided series because I know the main character or love interest dies due to reviews. I am with you that I read to get out of the real world, not to become an emotional wreck due to my fictional worlds.

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