Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish
This week's theme? Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT Pick Up a Book
I know that I'm a weirdo in the YA world, but I generally dislike dystopian reads. It all started when The Hunger Games blew up and dystopian books started spawning everywhere. I'm definitely ready for a new trend in YA!
Maybe this is just left over from the Twilight craze but I just cannot get down with the whole werewolf fixation. Vampires? Okay. Wizards? Yep. Angels? That's about my limit. I just cannot get into a guy who transforms into an animal. Bestiality, anyone? (I kid, I kid.)
I have no objection against convincing love triangles (re: The Vincent Boys, The Infernal Devices) but when a girl/guy is simply being greedy? That's when I have an issue. Make a decision, damn it! I know that you are conflicted and yes, I know that they're both freakishly attractive... but come on!
Heart-warming Books About Animals
I'm sorry but, seriously - I can't stand these. I rarely get choked up when a beloved animal dies in a book. I maybe, maybe got misty eyed when (SPOILER) Hedwig died but I may have also had an eyelash in my eye. I may also not have a heart.
Books About Sports
I don't think that I've ever read a book about sports... The closest that I've come to were the Quidditch scenes in Harry Potter - and I always skimmed those. I can barely sit through a sports game in real life... let alone read a 20-page description of one.
I guess I can understand this craze - the whole Seelie/Unseelie Court, Merlin, Arthurian legend thing is cool. I love the idea of actual human legend and lore being tightly knit to fairies and what not. Unfortunately, a lot of fairy books have it all wrong. Fairies are not nice and beautiful creatures who want to love and marry you. You'd have a better chance of finding a real life Edward Cullen than a fairy who wants to leave his/her Court and settle in the human world with you to have babies and love and - you get the picture. The only book that I've read that stays faithful to the true nature of fairies was Merlin's Harp by Anne Eliot Crompton.
"It is the next Twilight!"
No hate to Twilight itself - I loved it as much as the next too-old-to-be-fangirling-fan girl... but whenever I read that tag line, I can't help but assume that the lead heroine is a Bella Swan-like robot. And what I mean is, a teen girl who becomes unhealthily infatuated with a guy who she knows next to nothing about and blindly follows him where ever he may lead her.
I literally have no idea what this is supposed to mean... but I've seen books described as "achingly beautiful" from John Green's The Fault in Our Stars to Colleen Hoover's Hopeless. What do these books have in common, you ask? Nothing, but I'm assuming that "achingly beautiful" is just a description that means that someone, somewhere, has cried over this book.
Okay, so I know that I've deviated (a lot) from the topic but any book that has a super big fangirl following or even has just been receiving a ton of hype is one that will give me pause. I know what you're thinking - But, Alyssa, it is popular for a REASON - but c'mon. How many times have you wanted to tell a fangirl to shut up about her favorite book already? And I have a nasty habit of building unrealistic expectations for books that are constantly raved about - no book has lived up to the hype for me yet!
I am hesitant to even include this particular topic in my list because I'm not always anti-angels in books. A lot of authors have used angels in a truly amazing and compelling way and they are the reason why I'm not completely turned off by them (I'm looking at you, Laini Taylor and Susan Ee). But when angels become a stand in paranormal creature for a story that reads like Twilight? That's when I have issues with it. I don't know why angels give me the knee jerk reaction so much more than vampires (or even werewolves) do... but I just cannot get behind the idea of an angel falling for a measly human girl. When I think of angels, I think of epic creatures created by the hand of a god (doesn't have to be the Christian God, here) to do that god's bidding. And for a fallen angel to be the lead love interest? I don't know. I just can't buy it... and it kind of gives me the heebies for some weird reason.
Alright, that's my list and holy crap - it was hard to come up with. Don't let this post give you the wrong idea - I'm pretty hard pressed to not pick up a book... so I guess these ten are the things that would most lead to me passing by a book.
How about you - what made your list?