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What are things that annoy you right now in the book market?
Comparing books or For the Fans of – This is annoying and it needs to stop. No book should ever be compared to another book. Not only that, but it also sets a bar, and if a reader picks up a book thinking it will be similar to the feel of the books it is being compared to, already we entered the book with high expectations. Half the time the books are nothing like the books that they are being compared to which I have seen people than be frustrated and give a book a lower rating than it probably deserved. Another time, it can be skipped on. If I see a book being compared to Twilight, I probably will not read it and then I won’t know if it would have been something I liked.
Cliffhangers – these are like the worse things ever, especially if we have to wait 1-3 years for the next book. As an adult I don’t have room for that in my life and is probably the reason I wait to read most YA novels till the series is out if I am really interested, otherwise I get frustrated. Heidi over at Rainy Day Rambling pointed out that this does not usually happen in Adult titles and I am grateful for that, but that leads me to another issue…
Open Ended – especially in books that have so much going on and we find ourselves super invested and it’s like the author did not know how they wanted to finish it so they left it. Those books, especially stand-alone, to me, feel unfinished and a lot of the time unsatisfying because I guess I like things wrapped up instead of coming to my own conclusions.
Thrillers that don’t make sense – I am all for a twisted shocking thriller, what I am not really happy is when the author tries super hard leads you down the road and it’s an abrupt shocking ending. Yes, I love endings that I do not see coming. But I hate endings that do not make sense. Let’s say for example, you are following a woman whose friend has gone missing. During the investigation, we get tidbits that the woman is really worried for her friend and thinks her husband did something to her and then we get to the end and we suddenly find out that woman was responsible for her friend’s disappearance despite the fact that the author at some point wrote that the woman was relieved to know that it is possible her friend is safe. That, to me, like makes no sense. Or, when you are on the egde of your seat because the thriller is so gripping and the ending fizzles completely out and kills the entire book. Which seems to be a common ground for thrillers these days.
Don’t know if these two count as part of the book market, but this appears in books and drive me absolutely crazy.
Bad Parents in YA – I feel like the authors are trying to appeal to teenagers by making the bad guys out of parents and, there had been books where there are no good adults in them what so ever, all the parents are just terrible. STOP THAT. I understand that not everyone has a parent that is perfect and most of us are not perfect parents, but when every single YA contemporary makes you feel like all parents are evil, it gets tedious and makes me want to weed those books out from teenagers reading. A book is meant to escape, sure, have your bad parent, can you even it out maybe a bit?
Money Makers based on Need/Demand – It actually makes me think of a certain genre, but I don’t want to enrage people so not going to mention what genre. People get very sensitive these days. But, kind of tired of authors writing books because people say there should be more of, but the books themselves have like no ground only a saturation of that subject in it with no plot, just to give a certain genre, or demand a book. The book get’s hype, people buy it, but outside of this book being so saturated with the topic that is unrealistic, the book ends up having no obvious take away from it. But, it makes people happy because they finally get more out of the genre. I have read books like that because it’s a genre I am interested in, but I found some unrealistic issues with it (based on my experience in life) and just books that exist to exist and no real plot to it. I rather see more book have this sort of elements done well, over books that aren’t.