Top Ten Topics That Will Make Me Not Pick Up a Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is REWIND, so I picked a topic from 2013 that I liked the sound of: Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You Not Pick Up a Book.

I’d like to say right now that all of these ideas have a giant PROBABLY next to them. While I don’t love these tropes/concepts/ideas, if a book sounds interesting enough (or comes highly recommended) I will get over my dislike and read it.

Also, I’m not insulting any specific book or author, and I don’t have a problem with you if you like these trends. This is my personal taste in books.

1. Time Travel — I don’t know what it is about the idea of a time travel book that turns me off so much. I love Doctor Who. But the idea of reading a book surrounding time travel just doesn’t work for me.

2. Framed for a Murder She Didn’t Commit — Nope. Nope. Nope. I hate this trope no matter the form. I have literally stopped watching TV shows when they add this as a subplot. Why? It is STRESSFUL and I can’t handle it.

3. Dystopian — I used to love dystopians, right around the time that everyone loved them. I think I’ve read too many of them now, and I just don’t feel compelled to read them. The set-up doesn’t feel original or creative anymore.

4. Twin Anything — This one is personal. I’m a twin, and it’s a really big part of my life, something I don’t really know how to put into words. I hate reading stories that involve twins, especially if they fall apart or die or anything like that. I don’t want those ideas in my mind.

5. …or did she? — Any description that ends with “or did he/she” will probably keep me from reading the book. I am not a fan of unreliable narrators or stories that intentionally try to trick me, and this phrase is usually a giveaway for a story that I won’t like.

6. Amnesia — Another form of an unreliable narrator that doesn’t appeal to me. I don’t like the constant state of uncertainty that amnesia stories have, and they usually involve other things I don’t like (see #2 and #5).

7. Guy from Dreams Shows Up In Reality — This one bugs me because it usually leads into one of my least favorite scenes ever: character sees undeniable magic, spends the next twelve chapters trying to deny it. I feel like this kind of story would rely really heavily on denial, when as a reader, I’m just like, “You’re in a fantasy novel, magic is real, get over it.”

8. Blurring the lines between reality and magic — Have you noticed that I don’t like stories where I don’t know what’s going on? Yeah…I guess I’m a control freak or something. I really hate books where you can’t tell if it’s magic or mental illness or something else going on. I like magic. I want it to be magic. Don’t give me magic and then have it not be magic. Also, I would like to be able to follow the plot, not spend all my time trying to tell what is happening and what is a hallucination.

9. Steampunk — Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE steampunk. I love the costumes and the artwork. I went to Comic Con dressed as a steampunk fairy. However, the things I love about steampunk can’t really be transformed into a story, and the few steampunk-style stories have dramatically missed the mark.

10. Anything with high school cliques — This one just feels unrealistic for me. I go to a high school that has nearly 3,000 students. There are too many people for their to be a Queen Bee or one Popular Guy, or even for their to be a ruling clique. When a major part of the story relies on mean girls or “the hottest guy in school,” I roll my eyes and move on.

What do you think? Do you love/hate any of these topics? What topics can YOU not stand?

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Topics That Will Make Me Not Pick Up a Book

  1. What a great list. I love your ideas and reasons. Time travel is so difficult to achieve because it’s one of those which came first type scenarios! Dystopian – well, that theme got a little bit overdone but I still pick the odd book up. If I was going to have something I would avoid – it would be something along the lines of – romance/love triangles/probably really in your face horror.
    Lynn 😀

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  2. I’m a twin too and I have a hard time picking up books about twins too! A lot of them are about twins that have absolutely nothing in common/don’t like each other and I just can’t read them.

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    • I’m glad I’m not the only one! It really bugs me when authors make twin characters and then ignore the special bond twins have with each other. Also, books about twins fighting or falling apart just scare me–I don’t want to think about that happening!

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  3. So many tropes here that I actually enjoy, haha! I like #2 because of the tension – it’s stressful, yes, but I prefer that compared to a book with no conflict?

    But I am kind of done with dystopian as well. I still read them if the summary catches my attention, but I agree, it just doesn’t feel original anymore. And amnesia… so cliched. I’ve watched many Asian dramas with this plot and it’s just omg, I’m sure it doesn’t happen THIS often.


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