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This week’s topic: 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!
Romance with an A**hole
Can we stop this?
If you aren’t sure what I mean, I’m talking about women being infatuated with men that treat them coldly or violently. I suppose this comes to the whole ‘Oh he is so attractive I just can’t help my nipples from perking, but stop! he is so mean!’ Like no… please, I’m so done with this.
Examples: Paper Princess (currently reading which is why I thought of this trope), so many romance novels I can’t even continue….
She’s Beautiful, but she doesn’t know it
This also ties in with she/he takes their glasses off and instantly becomes hotter. NO! 1. Let’s not keep telling girls/women they have to be ignorant of themselves or be timid in order to attract a man. Confidence is sexy too. 2. I’m one of those people who thinks glasses are sexy as HELL. Also, wearing glasses in today’s world doesn’t crowd or hide a person’s face!!
“He was over 6 foot tall and so muscular that…”
Gag! All the time?! Really?!? Why can’t we get a lean fighting machine?? Or a geek romance or a guy not fitting this super muscular harmful stereotype that can still be found attractive by women and get the main heroine.
side note: if you know of a geek romance YA or otherwise I’d love to read it.
Comparing books to other books
I.e. “This is Gone Girl meets Star Wars” (although that might be interesting…). When on the summary of a book it is compared with another book or being sold to people who like blah blah book. This irritates me because then I go into the book expecting something like the previous book and when it isn’t, I get even more peeved.
Examples: why is EVERYTHING compared to Girl on the Train and Gone Girl!! fyi, I really disliked Girl on the Train so, when I see that comparison I get annoyed, especially on a book I enjoyed.
Can I really ship something if there is no reason to ship it?
Just give me a reason besides they are on the same quest together, or forced together by circumstances, or even just looked at each other and sparks flew. Friends first is awesome. Seriously, even if it is forced onto a quest to save the world it is fine as long as they learn about each other and the love grows (Looking at you Healer series by Maria V. Snyder –T_T amazing romance buildup).
Other good examples of built romance: Ouran High School Host Club, The Last Game, Kate Daniels series, Stardust, Six of Crows
Phew! This was definitely a rant…. anyhow, let me know what you think of my choices and what else you would have added (I know someone else has to be thinking love triangle) ^_^