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The topic this week is Rainy Day Reads. All books are rainy day reads. That's why we have rainy days, right? Instead I'm going with something I was thinking about recently, mostly because of the first item on my list--not wanting to read The Cruel Prince because it talks about the Faerie Court. What are the tropes or topics that make me not want to pick up a book?
- Fairies, especially if it's spelled Faerie.This is what's keeping me from picking up The Cruel Prince, even though it seems everyone loves it.
- Boarding schools. I just can't work up that much empathy for rich (usually white) teenagers, or even the Special Teenager who's there on scholarship because their mom works in the cafeteria so everyone sneers at them even though they're far more intelligent AND more interesting than the rich kids. Exceptions: Harry Potter, Frankie Landau
- Unlikable characters. This is hard to quantify of course. Your bratty whiner is my caustic survivor, and visa versa. Still, if it's clear that there are no characters in the book that I'm supposed to care about, then why would I care about the book?
- Fat girl gets thin and that makes her life better. Do people even write that book any more? I sure hope not.
- Love cures mental illness. This one does pop up still. One reason why I loved The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B is that the character thinks that's going to happen, but nope.
- Sci Fi that is really Poli Sci Oh My God. I do not care about alliances and political intrigue.
- Fantasy that is really War History. Nor do I care about battle strategy. There's a great bit in The Invasion of the Tearling in which a few throw-away comments about carnivorous fish and arrow makers come delightfully into play in a diversionary tactic by the army, but I don't need to know what flank which battalion is on. Those last two categories are why I read a lot more YA spec fic than adult. I find YA focuses more on character and plot.
- Straight-up romance, especially if it's straight romance. (Ha!) I read my fair share of Georgette Heyer in high school, but other than that, I'm not a romance fan. I like books that include romance, but I don't want "will they or won't they?" (or, really, "when and how will they?") to be the main plot point.
- Horror and gore. I like creepy and mysterious, but not straight up horror.