What are your book dealbreakers?
I’ll start. Well, mine is stale dialogue.
Too much going on with the plot. I hate a convoluted storyline
Also too many character names/place names. I’m never going to remember all of the info being thrown at me
I haven’t run across many but- Naked Lunch was written using heavy 1920s slang. Almost 100 years later I might as well have been reading Chinese. Usually I can use context clues, but 5 pages in I had absolutely no idea what was going on. DNF Les Miserables- HUGE chunks of book outlining specific military battles in detail that makes Charles Dickens look like a Dick and Jane book. No significance to the story at all. I could’ve handled a few pages of that, but it was more like 100 pages like that. DNF for the first time ever.
Naked Lunch is one long trip, and not one I find enjoyable.
I really don’t like reading anything with a lot of slang, either. I also hated Shakespeare for that, and if I can’t read Shakespeare, I’m not going to read anyone else’s attempt.
3rd, 4th and 5th points of view. I can’t stand reading a book that has more than one person telling the story.
I can’t handle really strange names. Like, if I can’t sound out and make a name from that, I can’t deal. And multiple povs. Meh. But it’s those names like Ca’el-lark de Ra’sheik like… Wtf?!
LOL ? I rename them ???
THIS is why I don’t like talking about books. I don’t like hearing how other people pronounce names lol
Multiple POV can be fun if done correctly.
I rename them too, lol. It only becomes a problem when multiple characters or places have similar beginning letters.
I really find it annoying when there’s a lot of characters with similar names because I start getting confused with who’s who.
“One Hundred Years of Solitude.” I still have flashbacks.
As a person who reads a lot of fantasy, one of my biggest deal breakers is poor world building.
I hate the word “grinned”. I just picture a Cheshire cat-style grin and it makes me cringe.
I hate when the character “talks” to me. So, pretty much every James Patterson book.
I don’t think I really have any. I literally will read anything. My average rating is 4.1. So I enjoy my books apparently. lol
Sci-fi involving aliens from other planets tends to turn me right off and I don’t even know why. Technobabble is a turn-off. Consistent bad grammar. Racism. Characters named, “Christian Grey.”
Okay, so I think I might have some. lol
Racism, sexism, all the bad isms. Normalizing abusive relationships with bad boys/girls, sexual assault (just DNFd a new release for sexual assault in the first chapter), etc.
Other than that, if it’s boring.
And anything with angels.
Insta-stupid transformations: when a previously intelligent/self-sufficient/capable person (usually the heroine) suddenly becomes a stupid, blathering idiot so that the male romantic lead can save the day.
Also, alpha-holes are just a great big NO.
Bad writing, boring story line, slow books, when the author has written a great book and then seems to get board at the end and it just fizzles out. Also when I am yelling at the hero to get a grip, for whatever reason…. those can annoy me too. I will chuck a book, there is so much great literature I see no point wasting my time.
Books that just drag things out. Like we get it he’s tall lol
Books where it’s takes too long before anything happens, or books where too much happens too fast (like the Alex Riders books)
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