Hii Guys! Happy May. My exams are finally done and I can get back to reading some great books now. Today I decided to write about certain things, themes, characteristics which make me dislike a book. I love reading people’s reviews on different books and their views and opinions. There are certain books which you might love but others don’t and it can get really interesting to read why.
For me I think one of the biggest letdowns can be draggy books. I love reading big books obviously but when a book is dragged on and on I feel it reduces the charm of the whole book for me. Certain times there will be plots which are filled to the brim with information and it gets too boring. One recent read for me was King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. The first part of the book felt a lot and filled with so much information and it kind of reduced the charm of the whole book for me.
Another reason can be when there are cringey love triangles. I won’t say I hate love triangles completely but a lot of books have these just to add some extra drama and they just end up making the story messy and that is not something I like.The only exception to this is The Infernal Devices.
I am also not the biggest fan of love at first sight. Unless it’s written exceptionally beautifully, I just can’t ever seem to get convinced by it. The slow burn romance, the getting to know each other process is what makes the book really interesting for me. Prime example of this is Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi which is insta love.
The next thing would be books which have a token diverse character. You know those ones who are there just because they want the “diversity tag”. They will either play a side character or a best friend someone not that important. Sometimes they will be the first ones to die. Also found in a lot of LGBTQ+ representation where they introduce this character just so they can say that they have a gay character. This is them trying to be “woke”.
Next thing would be authors writing cringe female character descriptions. “Honey eyes, curve of the stomach, pink lips” – I hate it. This is the equivalent of taking a stock photo and applying it to every situation in the world.
There is no such thing as ideal beauty and it would be really great if more and more books depicted that.
I also hate when there are stalker guys who turn out to be sweethearts just because they are good looking. Like no that is a stalker. Period.
Another thing I dislike in a book is when parents or the guardians are just…absent. They are oblivious to whatever is happening in their child’s adventurous life. I think for me this is personally very annoying because I could never relate to it growing up in an Asian household where you can’t just walk in and out of the house as you wish.
I also do not like reading (increasingly so nowadays) about girls against girls tropes. I do not like girls fighting , arguing, being better than the other, being body shamed or being called names for wearing short clothes or makeup. Pitting girls against each other for trivial reasons and drama is getting too old. I like my women characters empowered and supporting each other.
One other thing is when the insecure or introverted characters are asked to change or open up more or they magically change after they meet the love interest and they “help” these characters to become “more beautiful.” These harm the readers especially teens more than one can imagine and I would love if this trope is used less.
These reasons are it for now. What are some tropes which you hate? Do we have any in common? Tell me about it!! I would love to hear your thoughts on it!!