I know I am getting bad about coming up with titles, but I guess you all will have to learn to live with my lack of imagination. This blog is going to be pretty short, I think, because it is about things I don’t like in books. That list is almost nonexistent.
I am easy to please when it comes to books. I can suspend reality for a while, if a story pulls me into another world. I have never been a big fan of sci-fi, but I have found that if some authors write it, I can be drawn right in and forget that it takes place in outer space. I can believe that a woman wants to sleep with 12 guys all at the same time. That is not saying that I don’t hurt in many places for her, but I can see it, if done right. But there are things that I will just not read. Things that just push me right to the edge, and I don’t care who wrote it. I. Will. Not. Read. It.
Most of you probably know that I have a slight obsession with Sherrilyn Kenyon. I am telling you that I had a hard time reading Acheron. I waited so long for that book, and I wanted it so bad that I could just spit. I got it and the size didn’t bother me at all. I was okay with a nice, long book. I started reading it, and there were things in that first half that almost made me want to stop. But I knew that if I could just get through it, I would love it. That first half was so hard to read, but it was necessary for you to really understand Acheron. For those of you have not read it, I will not give away spoilers. Yes, that means you Mia. I know you still have not caught up to the rest of us with Sherri’s books.
There is another author who shall remain nameless, but I love her books. I just can’t read the last one because the heroine was raped in the book. I know that it is not graphic but, to me, I just can’t read it. If it has happened in the past, that is one thing, but I have known people who have been raped, and I know that it took them years to get to the point where they were ready to be in a relationship. Some of them were already in relationships, and it still took them a long time to be ready to deal with their partners. This is not a subject that I want to read about—at all. I know some of you are going to say that everyone deserves happiness and, yes, I believe that as well. But there is no way that someone who has been through something that traumatic will be ready for their happily ever after in the space of one book, unless that book skips ahead and they add a lot of therapy to the book.
Another thing that I can’t handle is when the relationship starts and one of the people is underage. I don’t have a problem, if they are both around the same age. You know, like when one of them is 16 and the other is 21 as long as there is no sex when one is underage. The thing that bothers me is if one of them is 16 and the other is 30. That brings out the Ewwww factor for me.
Really, the only other thing that makes me want to run screaming from a book is if one of the people has all the control. Some will say that a Dom has control of his slave, but I know that is not true so that does not bother me at all. The ones I am talking about is if the man controls the woman/man to a point where they do not have a mind of their own or feel that they can’t be themselves for fear of retribution in either physical or mental abuse. I hate if a character is abused by someone who is supposed to love them. I will toss that book across the room in frustration.
Now, I am not saying that there are no other things that make me gag, but these are the ones that will turn me off a book in a heartbeat. I will tell you that I was scrolling through some free books and saw one where the hero was a pimp. Really, a man who takes advantage of women is not my idea of a hero in any world. I mean what kind of woman would fall for a man who makes her have sex with other men for money? I just don’t get it, but that is a topic for another blog.
So my question is what turns you off in a book?