The topic for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday was a bit daunting for me. I like all genres and have a pretty high tolerance for pain when it comes to books. I almost never give up on a book, but persevere to the bitter end. LOL! So I really had to think about what makes me mad or at lest irritated with a book. Many of the things on my list are just petty little annoyances; one or two will make me put a book down. To check out book turn-offs for other bloggers, click HERE.
Top 10 Book Turn-Offs
Covers that don’t match the character descriptions. If a hero is always gazing into the amazing emerald eyes of his lady love, then please don’t feature someone with sapphire eyes on the cover. Just saying.
Descriptions of geographical locations that don’t match reality. Locations of streets and landmarks shouldn’t be tampered with. Don’t make a major interstate run east to west when it runs north to south.
Typos, lots of typos. I’m not sure what the culprit is when a book has an inordinate amount of typos (editor, author or autocorrect), but it takes me immediately out of the story.
Repeated phrases. Give your characters several actions, not just one — over and over again. One character repeatedly forked his hair. I assume he had a nervous habit that made him run his hands through his hair. I had images of him sticking silverware into his head. 😉
Characters that won’t talk to each other. Some books create tension by having characters misunderstand another’s actions/words/motives, but will not ask for clarification. Communication really is key in a relationship, especially for a frustrated reader.
Non-gender specific names. I know this is petty and shows my advanced age, but I get confused when all the characters have names that would be best used for surnames. Give me an Abigail and an Adam, not a McSweeny and Strait.
Hard to pronounce names. If a book is set in a far off historical time, it is of course appropriate to use names of the time. And fantasy novels probably do need names with an exotic feel. But if King Ythopud shows up, at least provide a pronunciation guide.
Cliff-hangers. While I am pretty tolerant of loose threads in a series, do not, I repeat, do not end with a cliff-hanger if you have no intention of writing book 2!
Bad language. I’m not including occasional mild profanity, but the hard-core stuff. Use of F-bombs will make me close a book.
Bad theology. Whether it is CBA or ABA, a book that promotes itself as inspirational should be consistent and accurate. I am harder on Christian fiction, because it should be especially sensitive to portraying God’s truth. If it’s not scriptural, I will probably put that book down.
What about you?
What is your book turn-off?