TTT: Top Ten Turn-Offs
It’s been a long time since I’ve participated in The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday meme, but this week’s topic is interesting, so I thought I’d give it a shot. You know the way these memes work: write a post on the day’s topic, add your name to a linky list, and visit other participants. Check out The Broke and the Bookish for more details and to read what others are saying.
The theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is…
Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book
For the most part, I’m a “never-say-never” kind of reader (though there are some topics that I am really not interested in), but here are ten words/topics that are the hardest sell for me. I’m most likely to pass on books that contain:
- Erotica. One of the few “never” genres/topics on my list. Absolutely not interested. Just don’t want to go there. Thank you.
- Romance. I’m not a fan of extended kissing scenes, or stories where the protagonist’s love-life is the whole story. I can put up with some romance, as long as it’s well-written, not too in-your-face, and the rest of the story’s worth it.
- Western. I confess that I haven’t read any westerns, but I’m not a big fan of the movie genre, so I can’t see how translating cowboys and dusty trails to the written word is any more appealing. I’m open to being proved wrong on this, though.
- Horror. Before my blog friends laugh at me because they know I read Stephen King, and I’ve said I’m planning to write a vampire story, let me explain. As a general rule, I’m not into blood-and-guts stories. But, if it’s well-written, and leans more toward suspense than gore, then I’ll give it a try. ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD is a good example of the kind of horror I’ll read.
- LGBT. I don’t endorse the lifestyle, so I’d hardly find books where this is a central theme that enjoyable.
- Pioneer/Frontier. Possibly more because of the setting than the theme. I’m sure a lot of these books are good stories, but they sound too much like westerns when I read the cover blurb. Not a “never,” but it would be a hard sell for me.
- Christian. Let me explain. As a Christian, I am very sensitive to how my faith is portrayed in novels, regardless of whether or not the author is a Christian. I don’t expect Christian characters to agree with me on every point of theology (I’ve written characters that don’t), but I get very irritated when Christians are stereotyped, or when Christian beliefs are misrepresented (especially by those who should know better). So, I’m very cautious when the cover blurb describes a character as Christian.
- Hunky Guy/Sexy Girl Covers. Okay, not technically “words” or “topics,” but I find it very off-putting when the publisher decides to market the book with a cover that tells you more about the perceived target audience than the story inside. When I see a book I might have been interested in with a muscle-y shirtless guy on the cover, I immediately think, “Oh, this is clearly not intended for me” and move on.
- Poetry. Reading Jen’s list prompted this. Like Jen, I want to be into poetry and really like poetry, and while there are some poems in the past that I’ve thought “wow, that’s really good!” I don’t like poetry enough to want to read a whole book of poems. Maybe one day…
Okay, so that’s not ten… but it’s as many as I can think of right now.
How about you–what are words, themes, or topics that are literary turn-offs for you?