Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. (Meme description taken from The Broke and the Bookish)

Don't you do it! Don't you dare! I loathe love triangles. The more obvious they are, the harder I cringe. First of all, I dislike all the "who will they choose" suspense. In all the books I've read with super obvious love triangles, it comes out as two wishy-washy relationships and an indecisive main character. Stand by your man! (Or lady, whichever you prefer.) Second, I either totally fall in love with the wrong person, that the main character doesn't pick. Or, I feel super sorry for the left out person and want them to have their own book/series/etc. Or, I hate the left out person throughout the entire book and cannot wait to get them off the page. In any situation, it's annoying! Do not even get me started on all the stupid relationship drama love triangles cause.

I try not to bring my own morals into books. There are many reasons for this, but mainly I don't want to judge books unfairly. Cheating is one of those morals I just can't shake when walking into a book. It drives me up the wall. I will admit it can be done well. For the most part though, I'd rather save myself the drama. 

A main character should be strong and compelling, but they don't need to be the last friggin' unicorn to achieve it. Oh, Alescia is the special-est special person in the world with so much responsibility. She's the last (insert being here). It just makes her soooo unique. She deserves to be in charge of everything in the book series. I call bullshit. Being the last or most special of anything isn't magical. It's lonely and difficult. Plus, it isn't fun reading the main character being unique and awesome all the time while the side characters get completely blown off. What if I happen to like Galendorf the run-of-the-mill goblin the most? There won't be much time for him to shine with Alescia prancing around saving the day.

If there is one thing in this life I can sympathize with, it is embarrassment. Sometimes I sympathize with it too much. There have been times I've turned off a TV show or skipped over parts of books just to avoid feeling second hand embarrassment. If there's a big set up meant to humiliate someone, I'm out. Manipulation usually falls into this plot line as well. Manipulation flat out pisses me off. I hate reading about characters who use others. 

Unless it was an issue in a past life, I have no personal reasons to avoid law enforcement in books. When teen me was first getting into adult (Urban fantasy, Paranormal) books, I would go for the really tough, bad ass chicks that usually worked in some type of law enforcement system for whatever world they were in. I read so many, I made myself sick of all the red tape. Now I'll barely glance at those types of books on the shelves.  

Thanks to some awesome men and even better authors, this is hardly an issue for me anymore. I've always preferred female narrators. It might have to do with the fact that almost none of the books we got to read in school were from women's point of views until I reached high school. Even then, the books were pretty depressing. Therefore, when I had free time to read I'd pick the ladies and spurn the guys. I am doing my best to kick this habit though! I hear there are some awesome books told from guys views. 

Yeah, no. You're better off not even going there with me. I can handle weird timelines in certain stories, so long as I know in advance it will be screwy. Still, I'm not a fan by any means. 

Do I really have to explain this one? I believe in insta-attraction, insta-chemistry, insta-likeability. But that whole "he looked into her eyes and knew he was her soulmate" stuff? No. Real, faithful, truthful love comes from time, challenges, little moments together and a bunch of other factors. It cannot be created in a Starbucks coffee line over a messed up order between Andy and Amy. 

Well, oops, that's kind of a serious issue. I do not understand plots where the killer is required to become close to the target before killing them. They're an assassin/killer for hire/ whatever, not a flippin babysitter. What kind of supervisor is going to pay (assumedly) top rate for an assassin to watch a target when they could save money by ordering a quick in and out job instead? That's a basic money saving tip, right there. 

I just hay-tes eet wheyn theym auther types deecide to wri-te li-ke the chair-actor tawlks. It's offensive to my eyes, my brain and my intelligence. Use cues which aren't verbal to signify accents. Don't go cluttering up the page with nonsense spellings and words. Please, I beg of you. 

Happy Reading,


  1. I hear you loud and clear on #10. I loathe it. There are so many other fun ways to show that your character has an accent/speaks a dialect rather than keysmashing it phonetically and making everyone's eyes bleed. And I haven't seen #9 thankfully, but that would make me stop reading as well.

    My TTT

  2. i really hate cheaters too
    here is mine http://caitstruelife.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-book-turn-offs/

  3. Great list! These are all book turn-offs for me too, though they all didn't make my list.

    Kelly @ Dandelion Dreams
    My Top Ten

  4. This is a great list and all of these things have gotten on my nerves a time or two.

    My TTT List

  5. #10 is on my list too! And I agree with #3 wholeheartedly!

  6. Hahaha this list is so funny! I totally forgot about #10 BUT YES SO MUCH. Seriously, if I can't read it, I'm not going. I will skip ahead however many pages it takes for the next unaccented material to show up. I never read any of Joseph's dialogue in Wuthering Heights...good thing he never says anything of any use whatsoever. And like you on #3, I'm a much bigger fan on ensemble casts...or really ANYTHING other than just MC and love interest! It could be a talking bat for all I care.


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