Monday, April 15, 2019

TTT: Please Don't Make Me Read It

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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?

  1.  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.
  2.  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
  3.  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?
  4.  Fat girl gets thin and that makes her life better. Do people even write that book any more? I sure hope not. 
  5.  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.
  6.  Sci Fi that is really Poli Sci Oh My God. I do not care about alliances and political intrigue. 
  7. 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.
  8.  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.
  9. Horror and gore. I like creepy and mysterious, but not straight up horror. 


  1. Yeah, I’m not interested in some of these things either. If the romance is the only thing driving the plot, I’ll probably lose interest. I also don’t care about boarding schools or battle strategies.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. "If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR" -- Ain't that the truth? T_T Eish. Talk about the hazards of blogging.

    The Cruel Prince was dark and brutal and great ... if you're into that stuff. But I understand your reluctance. Faeries seems like such a big buzzword lately, and so many people are writing it.

    I'm totally with you on poli sci, too. My eyes glaze over. Or any sci-fi that's too ... sci? If it requires some hardcore science courses to understand the author and tech, I'm out. I'm less of a techy person and more of a life sciences person.

    I don't read straight-up romance, either, but I like it as a subplot, as long as it's done well. And I don't like horror and gore, either. Seems like we've got quite a bit of "no thank yous" in common. xD

  3. I feel the same way about straight-up romance. It's not my cup of tea at all.

    My TTT.

  4. I hate love triangles and teen books where the main character is awful and whiny. I'm off the board with unusual narrators this week. Check it out.

  5. I love fairies, boarding schools, and especially straight up romances. I think I am picky about issues books, because sometimes they are just so heavy and hopeless, and I read the newspaper for that sort of stuff. I pretty much stick to one genre as well, and seldom venture outside of contemporaries.

  6. Excellent!!! I do usually like boarding school books though. But #3 --still flashbacks (not joking) of Cathy in East of Eden! #5 I can't even. #4 is part of triplets: other 2 are whore with heart of gold and good girlnsluts up for her man like Sandy at the end of Greece. awful! Great work

  7. Lol, you just described most of my favorite reads! It's so interesting seeing what different people do and don't like.

    Ash @ JennRenee Read

  8. I agree with so many of these--we have very similar tastes! I don't mind faeries (even when spelled pretentiously) or boarding schools, but all of the others could make my list (if I wrote one). Especially political or war sci-fi/fantasy---I agree that this is the reason I mostly stick to YA in these genres; battle plans make me snore. And I don't mind YA romance, but that's because there are usually enough other plot points and complicated emotions to keep me interested beyond the will-they-won't-they.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  9. I agree with every one of these. I can't understand battle strategies in our world, much less in an alien world. Any kind of easy answer---romance, love curing mental illness, fat girl gets thin---doesn't work for me, though part of me, the part that is best, wants it to work always and forever. While I can tolerate the occasional fairy and boarding school, I loathe horror...I don't want that left in my mind.


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