Topics that make me stop reading.
These are some things that make me put a book down.
1. Gross descriptions. If it makes me want to throw up, forget it.
2. Gore. Why I avoid most horror stories.
3. Excessive description of clothing, flora and fauna, food, furniture, etc.
4. Repetitive sexual encounters. It spices up a story, but if there are multiple episodes it gets boring. Doesn't apply to erotica.
5. Gratuitous violence. There doesn't need to be an excessive body count. A person's death need to have emotion about the person.
6. Excessive internal dialogue. Someone thinking things though for pages and pages before asking a question or answering one.
7. Angst. Pages and pages of self-doubt, guilt, recriminations.
8. Rant books. Someone going on and on about how they feel life is so unfair and how hard they have it.
9. Historical novels with faulty history. Know the time period. Do your research.
10. Formula. Every detective gets suspended just when they're about to solve the case. When in a small space someone has to have claustrophobia and flips out. Splitting up in a haunted house. False scares.
I don't like gross descriptions either!
Good for you, Lydia,
I don't like gross descriptions, but Lisey's Story by King sticks in my head because of said gross descriptions. I wish I knew enough history still to pick out when an author is getting creative with it. I know nothing about the Ton or the Victorian age, so when something's wrong, it doesn't stick out to me. Good reasons. :-)
Totally agree with you on this: "There doesn't need to be an excessive body count. A person's death need to have emotion about the person."
Great post! Thanks for sharing.
OMG You are sososos right about the angst!!! I can't stand reading pages of exposition about whatever problem is in the character's head!!!
Glady you agree with me, Megan. I taught history, so that's why it bothers me.
You're welcome, Mary. Thanks for coming by.
Nice to know I'm not the only one, Peggy.
I have to agree with you on all your listed items. Especially excess body count and angst. Gets old and unnecessary! Thanks for sharing. Here's mine. https://www.tenastetler.com/topics-that-make-me-stop-reading-a-book-lsrs-wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-september-2-2020/
I don't normally mind angst, but I did read a book recently that I couldn't finish because the angst was just too much. I had never had that happen before, so I now understand what you're saying here.
I agree with the excessive internal dialogue. Especially when it goes on for pages and pages. And pages.
Great minds thing alike, Tena. Thanks for coming by.
Thanks for your thoughts, Deanna.
So true, Sydney. Thanks for coming by.
I think even with erotica you've get to change it up a bit. I've definitely put books down if it gets repetitive.
Well said, Tanith.
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