Opposite of the April 30th topic, the Broke and the Bookish want to know what are the Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book. I want to be entertained or enlightened and engaged when I'm reading. I often read "serious" books, ones that deal with difficult topics, that can make me cringe during certain scenes. However, if some of these topics are repeated too many times in the synopsis, they can make me put the book down (though not always). I think I've become more sensitive to certain things since becoming a parent. It's something my hubby has notice too. There are really only three phrases in this vein.
1. Child abuse
2. Serial killer3. In the mind of the killer.
I just can't handle it if it's graphic. I read a novel once, and it was so graphically violent and constantly violent, it bothered me for ages. I also don't like it when violence is used to replace character growth.
Below are words/topics that turn me away for other reasons. Mostly because I get bored/annoyed. I read a pretty wide variety of genres, but if these words are too prominent, I'm bound to put the book down and move on to the next one. I like fluff sometimes, but not too much.
4. Girl needs saving
5. Love triangle
6. Boy/man teaches girl/woman about love
Well, apparently I couldn't make it to ten. This is just my opinion and is completely subjective. I have read books that all 6 of those topics were a part of (though not the same book, though that might be interesting.) I read a fair amount of Young Adult books (I think), but if I see the equivalent of any of those three phrases splashed all over the synopsis, quotes, etc, I often find a different YA book to read. In the end, I think it's about quality, not quantity. You know what I mean?