Good morning everyone! I’ve actually got two posts scheduled for you for today (unheard of)! There were a couple of Top 5 Wednesday posts that I wanted to do, but didn’t get to for one reason or another. So today, I’m going to do a couple of them so I can still share in the fun.
This is the first topic that I am going to talk about:
Book Trends You’re Tired Of
— What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!
I could probably go on for ages about things for publishing that I am tired of, but I won’t! I’ll stick to just a couple of pet peeves that I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet. I am trying not to include any pet peeves that I’ve mentioned in other posts (like cover changes in the middle of a series) and try to keep it straight forward.
The first thing that I cannot stand in most cases is people on covers. Not like paintings or a drawing of a person, but an actual model on the cover of a book. I feel like it is a cop out and I also wonder how good the book is or if it is worth the read. To me, it feels like the publisher (or cover designer) didn’t really read the book or research the content in the book in order to give it a better cover. Not sure how this really came about but it is such a big pet peeve of mine.
The next thing I am fairly positive that I have mentioned before, but it irritates me to no end and that is love triangles. I simply cannot stand them. In 90% of times it is heavily unrealistic and over the top cheesy. They all seem to follow along the same path as well, so there isn’t any “newness” to the trope. Depending on the rest of the book will depend on whether I can actually read the rest of the book or if I will DNF it.
Also, as a side comment, I cannot stand the worshipping of a character. It furthers a belief that each person as a person is not enough. I am so tired of seeing it. I think it varies in degrees and it varies in how it is used in a novel, but for the most part I cannot stand it.
Continuing on the topic of love, I am tired of seeing couples constantly thrown into turmoil. This one is a bit hard to explain, but let me try. Life is not easy, however I find that a lot of times a couple is “tested” or put into over dramatic situations quite a bit more than what is realistic. There are ups and downs to every relationship and every couple faces their own challenges, but there are also good times. There are times when everything evens out and it’s not a battle against the world anymore. I don’t see that part too much in books, where it is just a normal relationship. I know it may not be the most common thing, but it’s nice to see when a couple just gets to enjoy each other for a little while.
Getting into characters, I am lucky not to have read a lot of this trope lately, but it used to be very prevalent in my past reads. That trope would be the whole “perfect character who thinks he/she is awful/ugly/a mess up”. I don’t know when or how this really came to be but holy heck it was a huge thing for a while. The main character would be beautiful and not have anything wrong, but still think “I’m ugly” or “I am an awful person”. I know authors were trying to play off of a self esteem issue that affects all of us, but it got really frustrating.
To go along with that, I hate “perfect” characters. No one is perfect, no one has the “entire package” and I don’t like characters who are portrayed that way. I like to read a book where the character admits openly to a fault or two and where an author admits that the character is not perfect or is not a good person.
So, those are the book trends that I am tired of! Do you have any trends that you are overly tired or seeing or hearing about?