Hello today is the day when I get to complain amicably.
This is like gentle and lowkey complaining 😘 and partially is presented to you because I am having a mellow moody day after my TBR legitimately fell on me and broke a cute box I happened to like. I obviously glared sternly at my TBR (not at ME, of course, for staking it too high) and now am having my revenge by talking about topics I don’t gravitate towards reading.
As you do.
Although there can be exceptions! A good book can change my mind about (almost; lol but not quite) anything. And none of these are supposed to be problematic! This is just you and I lining up for pie and I very firmly do not want blueberry pie for no reason except that I don’t. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So let’s have at it, shall we? 🤗
This is one I’m ALMOST never negotiable on. Because I acknowledge sometimes it happens for a reason and life is like that. But arhgisghos mostly it’s used as a “tear-jerker plot device” where you want to shock the audience into being horrified. I was reading this book I felt meh about and then…it just suddenly outright MURDERED a dog for no no no reason. 😒Not having it, matey.
I think I am also Soft™ for dogs because I have one and he hates me but I will protec 1000% and die for him. 😭💛Animals are precious and pure and better than all of humanity combined tbh.
This is actually a super popular plot line in books and there is nothing wrong with it…I just don’t like it. Because (1) I can’t actually understand being so obsessed with a fandom that you doing creepy and horrible because of it, and (2) it just makes fangirls overall seem rabid. And ok, yes sure, rabid fans exist!?? They terrify me?!? But I like books about quiet and soft fans lolol. (Aka heaven bless Alice Oseman books and her soft fandoms.)
Some forbidden romances are really awesome, don’t get me wrong. But some are…just not my cup of tea. 😂I don’t even like tea. I would rather have a hot chocolate and avoid romances like (1) huge age gaps…we’re talking 5+ years, and (2) romances between teachers and students in school settings.
No thank uuuuuuu.
Sound the ALARM because I have gotten FRAGILE over here!! My Hufflepuff side wars with my Slytherin half for wanting lovely endings. 😫Like, let them be tragic, sure! My favourite type of ending is where ONE thing goes right and FIVE things go wrong. (Have you read either of my books? lolol I am fond of this.) But I still want just enough to go right that I don’t feel like a gutted salmon.
I hate having main characters die…having couples that worked so hard to get together the whole book, just break up…etc. etc.
I think cults make me overly annoyed because I do not like being told what to do or what to think. The second someone tries, I frown and stalk off to find other angles. Trust? We don’t know her. So I’m just not drawn to these types of books…even though they can be fascinating. But at the end I’m always like, “??? why would you even do that ???”
The only cult I’m here for is the bookworm one where we are all buying books and stacking them in tall piles and forgetting to read them.
6. everyone getting married
“Uh, but c.g. you just said you like lovely endings…”
Ok but marriage is [sigh] annoying to me. Every time I turn around there seems to be another YA book (particularly fantasy) with an arranged marriage the girl has to fight out of, or an evil husband to kill, or she’s threatening to be wed to save a kingdom etc.. And I’m like ??? I came here to YA specifically to avoid books about marriage. I’m 25, I’m too young for this. Marriage is for people who are, at least, sixty-four.
7. passive main characters
It’s odd, but I’ve read two books this year that are highly acclaimed or hyped and BOTH had extraordinarily…passive protagonists. They didn’t push their plot along and they had the personalities of rather limp mops. Everything interesting happened to someone else in the book. I just sat there, waving a vague hand, saying, “Could we not be in tHE OTHER PERSON’S hEAD THEN??”
I want to see doing and action. Fling me into the hot heart of the story. If you leave me on the sidelines like this again, I will throw damp bread and yell.
8. and then suddenly…magical plot twist in an otherwise non-magical book
I spy your convenience plot twist, sir, and I slowly rest my palm on the table top and say, “No.” If magic is going to pop in at the end and save everyone, it needs to be at the beginning too!!
9. when there isn’t enough hugging
I admit this is an odd one since I hate being touched and my mother today patted my arm and I leapt half a mile into the air. But. In books? I demand hugs for the characters. Especially after traumatic events. I was just reading Sword & Pen and can you sit here with me, in wrathful rage, the Jess was HURT and n o o n e hugged him???😭 Every time a book fails to give the character a proper hug, I take revenge by hugging my dog.
My dog also hates being hugged and escapes me asap and casts me dirty looks. But I try to make a difference in this broken world.
10. When “being mean” is confused with “being strong”
I do enjoy badass women in books who give Take Exactly No Shenanigans and will slay. Yes be still my beating heart, you badass queen. Cold girls, unlikeable girls, fierce girls, angry girls, mistrustful girls = LOVE THEM.
But. I keep reading books where the girls aren’t being assertive or powerful — they’re just being mean. Cruel even. I always assess my judgements of female characters by asking if I’d be okay with it if it was a male character. (Case in point: I don’t see how people can hate Jude but love Cardan in The Cruel Prince, since they are both the same!!!! One has to be very perceptive of internalised misogyny. I do too!) But if it’s just, as a person, they’re MEAN…then I’m out.
I’m over plotlines where characters learn to be nice too. Dude, if you need 340pgs to become a decent human then sphfsoghsoru. I would rather eat a small rock.
| what do you think? |
any bookish topics or settings or premises on your “off” list?? do you share any of mine? or do you…love some of mine?! no judgement!!