#ShelfLove Challenge 2016
We’re co-hosting the #ShelfLove challenge again this year so join us and read more of the books you already bought!
What is one book trope that gets on your nerves? What do you wish the publishing world would STOP doing?
Julie’s Challenge Update:
Bookish tropes, sometimes they are interesting but other times they just need to stop. Here are a few tropes that I wish authors would just stop doing.
- “I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding.” I swear every time I see this in a book I deduct stars. Annoying much? What to do instead: “My breath escaped in a loud whoosh as I reminded my body to resume the task of breathing.” Isn’t that better?
- Heroines, who are special snowflakes but don’t know it until half way through the book, and then spend another 100 pages denying their specialness. STAHP! What to do instead? How about more characters who are already familiar with their special gifts, and instead spend the book showing us why they kick ass and prove themselves worthy of their awesomeness. I believe I’ve mentioned this before…
- Love triangles. When you’re too busy trying not to die in a crazy-ass world, maybe it isn’t realistic to be fawning over two different boys?
Challenge status: I’m doing a little bit better this month. I’ve “hugged” 3 books from my Shelf Love shelf and am up to 5 total.
Lynn’s Challenge Update:
I’m totally with Julie on the snowflake heroines and the love triangles trope. Especially in dystopia. Personally, I think I’d be too busy surviving to worry about boys. I would add:
- Lack of adult figures (at least in YA): Why are there never any parents, teachers, or councilors to help guide these teenagers? Are kids these days expected to figure everything out themselves?
- The virgin and the player: I guess it’s society’s puritanical views showing – but how do all the players out there get experience, but then expect the loves of their lives to still be virgins?
- Instalove: InstaLUST, sure. But Instalove? I don’t think so. How can you “love” someone you don’t even know? Ok, sure, if you are locked in a cabin during a snow-storm, you might learn enough about someone over 5 days to love them. But just meeting an hour before? I don’t think so.
- Pregnancy / Secret / Sudden baby: I see any of these and I am out before I start. SO OUT.
This month I read 4 books I own. I think that’s a record for me! I also bought the new Sophie Jordan book for a book signing I’m attending. Stay tuned for that review next month!
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