Friday, November 2, 2012

Follow Friday - Dealbreaker


Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.
Question: What is a deal breaker for you in a book?
The overplayed "star-crossed lover"  or fated thing you see a lot in YA.  Take this description that I totally just made up:

A spaceship hovers above earth, not attacking or communicating, leaving everyone on the planet wondering.  There are riots in the street and the world starts going to hell in a handbasket.  Sally doesn't know what she's going to do.  She has a little sister to protect and parents who rarely show up in this book.  Then she meets Guy.  He's a dangerous risk taker and rather rude at times, everything she shouldn't want in a boy.  But he makes her heart flutter and it feels like they are destined to be together.  So in the shadow of a spaceship, when the world is ending, these two lovers think about nothing but staring annoyingly into each others eyes until the halfway through the book when of course something more ominous than aliens appears: the  love triangle.

You know the books I'm talking about.  When the actual plot becomes subservient to an unhealthy obsessive relationship.  When I skim descriptions and I see anything that sounds like star-crossed lovers, a pair that is "destined to be together" or love triangles, I put the book back on the shelf.  No reason even starting a book that I'm doomed to hate it.

Just a warning I'm going to be hopping through late this week.  So I'll visit, just probably not till Saturday or Sunday because of work.

6 comments:

Julie said...

Bad editing is definitely a deal breaker. I've run across books that everyone is raving about and yet I can't get past the first chapter because the editing is so bad. Also, I'm sick of virgins. If I have to read about another virgin (that's not young adult) I'm gonna scream. Ditto in the happy endings that wrap up all neat. A little reality goes a long way with me.

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Mrs. Jones said...

Wow!! I laughed when I read that, because you are SO right!! Its like, theres freaking aliens, but they are fated to fall in love and be together forever.

BUT- even still, i love romance in my novels! I just want them to fall in love, over time, and not love eachother just bec they are destined to.

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Jessica@a GREAT read said...

I agree to a point on the star crossed lovers. When it's overdone like that, it is really annoying. But I do like some books where the characters really were "destined" to be together, although it's not really overdone and "mushy" like!

Love triangles are a love hate kind of thing. There are some I have enjoyed and others I despised because it felt like they were there to just to go along with the love triangle trend!

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Jenny said...

LOL, your description cracked me up. I don't mind a little destiny here and there, but it's definitely overplayed and you'd have to write it just right for it to not be cheesy and predictable.

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Jennifer said...

That *fake* description is hilarious and oh so true. I can handle the "star-crossed lovers" theme in moderation, but definitely find it annoying in bulk. Old follower.

The Book Blondes said...

Ha ha, nice original description! I completely agree.

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