You know, you’re reading and then SOMETHING happens to completely turn you off… It takes a lot for me to completely give up on a book but there are a few things that guarantee I’ll be taking away points.
The only book (which I will not name) that has the honour never going past the first chapter contains the frozen chicken rape story. Not kidding. Basically the book is about creative writing class and in the first chapter the students discuss their short stories, one of these being the chicken. I stopped reading straight away.
I’ve read very few books with animal cruelty but they all leave a bad feeling so I avoid them.
I am so sick of nearly every YA male having one of these. It’s like an epidemic! Unless you’re Benedict Cumberbatch just no…
This is something I’ve predominantly noticed in dystopian books, particularly in books that match up couples. Gay, bi, transgender, etc they all seem to fall by the wayside or only get a fleeting mention. Also why is it that the main protagonists are still nearly always white?
Unless you’re inventing your own world check that the locations and facts you quote are correct. The internet is a great help but it’s always good to use more than one source. Seriously sometimes I just want to bang may head against the wall…
Bad research part 2: Crappy Translations
If you’re going use another language and aren’t fluent find someone who is. Don’t online-translate or use a person who “learned a bit at school”. Very few things irate me as much as finding bad German in books.
I’m not a great speller. If I can spot the mistake then it’s really bad.
Being talked down to by the author
Your readers are not dumb. Do not treat us as such.
“Protective” aka domineering love interests
Having someone control another is not ok by putting it the “protective” heading. I’m sorry but I take real issue with one character telling someone how to act, who their friends can be, etc. because they are “protecting” them.
There is a difference between “I’ve never seen a blender so I’ll put my hand in it” and “I know what a blender is and I know it’ll hurt me but I’ll still put my hand in it”.
A little common sense goes a long way. It’s not good when the lasting memory I have is the thought: “You are kidding me? Right? Please be kidding me…”
The “Hello, I met you less than 5 minutes ago but I’d die for you” Insta-Love
I’ll admit I’m not a fan of insta-love but some authors do manage to pull it off so I will give books a chance. You’re going need longer than 5 minutes though no matter how “destined” this relationship is. At least learn something of the other person before jumping of that cliff.