Today I’m taking part in Bionic Bookworm’s Top 5 Tuesday again and this week we’re talking about buzzwords that make us not want to read a book. In case you missed it, last week I did a post about the 5 buzzwords that make me want to pick up a book which was lots of fun. This time I’ll be talking about those words that make me put a book back down. We all have those genres or tropes that just aren’t for us no matter how much we try to love it, so I’ll be talking a little bit about the 5 buzzwords that make me NOT want to read a book!
Okay, stay with me here. This seems like a pretty big claim for my first buzzword that puts me off books but let me explain. Of course I don’t hate all contemporary YA and have enjoyed some of their books, but others are full of cutesy tropes that are overdone and not that fun to read. I personally would like to see books described with richer words that really get down to what the book is about, not a blanket term which doesn’t say much about it.
Maybe I have a heart of stone or a black soul, but I really don’t like reading romances. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy a good love story, I’d just rather it was littered with a few mythical creatures and an epic battle scene here and there. Romance as a genre just doesn’t do anything for me and I couldn’t imagine a book that is only driven by a love story.
Please, please, please stop advertising a book as ‘the next Harry Potter’. Or the next anything for that matter. It’s only natural to use well known books to compare aspects of a book and describe the content inside, which often helps readers identify new books they will hopefully love. However, it is totally unfair to claim a book is better than a worldwide phenomenon. Writing isn’t a competition and we all love different things, which is why Top 5 Tuesday is so much fun to take part in!
So we’re back to the genre buzzwords with horror. I’m not against a little bit of horror within books as we all love a good scare occasionally, but I’m not a fan of horror books. As a genre by itself I don’t think it holds my attention well enough. Admittedly I haven’t read many horrors, but I’ve never felt compelled to pick one up either.
I have tried to read crime books as I watched my mum read them lots as a child. I soon got curious and picked one up myself. I don’t know why but I just didn’t like it. There was nothing wrong with the book. The violence didn’t put me off, there was suspense and drama, well-rounded characters with exciting lives. But despite all this, I just didn’t get on with the book. I haven’t picked up a crime book since because I’ve assumed the genre just isn’t my style and that’s okay.
So that’s my top 5 buzzwords that make me NOT want to read a book! This was surprisingly easier to write than last week’s instalment, as I guess I’ve really learnt what I like reading over the years. I’m always looking to find new books and sometimes I surprise myself and find a romance, a contemporary YA, horror, or crime book that I do love. But I think it’s perfectly okay to favour some genres as we all have different tastes and that’s what makes us interesting.
I’d love to know what buzzwords make you NOT want to read or book, or maybe you disagree with some of my thoughts. Let me know below!