Tell Me Something Tuesday #3: What Annoys Me

Posted May 1, 2018 by Lily B in Reviews / 12 Comments

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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.

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12 responses to “Tell Me Something Tuesday #3: What Annoys Me

  1. I agree with so many of these! There are too many cliffhangers in YA, I don’t want to start a million series and try to keep up with all the books. I love a good thriller and especially a good twist – but I want it to make sense! And bad parents in YA is one of my biggest pet peeves. I get it, sometimes it’s integral to the story, but I definitely prefer to have present, loving parents, even if they’re just in the background.

  2. I was just commenting on another blog about the comparison to such and such book and the lack of originality. Come on. Also, that annoying open-ended, vague ending. *eyeroll*

  3. Oh yes, please have the ending make sense, be a real ending, and actually end. And, yes, sprinkle a few bad adults by all means, but don’t make the kids think turning 18 turns people evil or stupid. Yep, that last one. I’ve read a few lately that are feeble attempts to toss in some social issue hot buttons, but it isn’t organic to the story or is all social issues and no story.
    I read a book last year, but it took me three years to read it b/c someone decided to compare it to a book I didn’t like- and guess what? It was nothing like that book. Good one there. 🙂

    Great points, Lily!

  4. I agree with so many of your points but most especially cliff hangers. I pretty much do the same thing as yourself, I wait for the entire series to be released and then I buy it and binge read on it 😂 most of the time if i read the first few books by the time the next one comes out I need to reread as I don’t remember much of the first book/s.

  5. oh so happy to see that I’m not alone in feeling annoyed with the Bad Parents in YA! YES YES YES! to everything you said! I deeply dislike this trend!
    haha I think I know EXACTLY what genre you are talking about and I don’t blame you for not wanting to say it because yes it is an extremely sensitive topic lately! Totally agree that when authors write something just to satisfy a trend the outcome is sometimes disappointing GREAT POST Lily!

  6. Bad parents or absentee parents is a pet peeve of mine in YA books. I had to quite reading YA because of love triangles, cliffhangers and bad parents to name a few reasons as well as unoriginality. Thanks for weighing in, it has been so interesting reading everyone elses’ gripes, knowing I am not alone.

  7. The book comparisons drive me crazy. And some are so far off-base that it’s ridiculous. It’s like they just randomly slapped the titles of a couple hugely popular books on the cover. On the flipside, I’ve seen some comparisons to books that I truly did not like and, whether the comparison is valid or not, that steers me away from the book. Even though I know the comparisons are often illogical, if they use a book I didn’t enjoy, I’m not going to read it. So their marketing ploy backfires.

  8. I hate book comparisons! I get why publishers do it, but I think it’s really a disservice to these authors, because you’re right, people will then unfairly judge the book based on the comparisons instead of its own merits. And that sucks!!

    -Lauren

  9. Oh, this list! I definitely agree with the For the fans of trend and bad parents of YA — both those need to stop and I always feel like publishers are looking down on readers with such laziness.

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