Random Thoughts: Trends I Struggle With

Posted August 7, 2015 by Francesca in Random Thoughts, Under the Covers / 12 Comments

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TRENDS I STRUGGLE WITH

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It seems like every time I turn around lately there’s been a big trend happening.  One book makes an impact and 2 months later there are 30+ books on the same subject.  While maybe that one original book was a winner, I don’t usually get behind all the others that pop up.  So today I’m rambling on about the trends I just don’t understand and can’t get behind (usually).
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Unconventional Romance – or Non HEA
This is not to say I won’t read non-HEA books.  There are many that I’ve enjoyed.  I just won’t read authors that market themselves as that’s what they write.  It seems like a marketing plot to me.  Just wanting to be contrary to what other people are doing.  Trying to be a rebel.  And frankly, unless it’s a really good story and there’s a good reason for you to break my heart with a non HEA (and you prove to me that that was the only way you could end it!) then I have better things to spend my time reading than non HEA books.  I like things nicely finished.  Whether you’re talking about a romance which should end with a HEA or a mystery that doesn’t stand unsolved.  I need those bows tied damn it!
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Mermaids/Mermen
*Shudders* All I can think of is fishy smell, tails, scales, and just…. No I can’t.  I’ve read books before where they shape shift into human, so the time spent in the water is minimum.  I don’t mind that.  But the new trend of trying to write a Little Mermaid wanna be story just doesn’t cut it for me.  I’m not into the underwater world thing.  The Little Mermaid happens to be my favorite Disney movie and it’s better left at that.
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Stepbrothers
I have read the trope.  It can be hot.  But I think for me it was more about the story then the actual taboo of the stepbrother relationship.  I won’t actively seek a stepbrother book BECAUSE it’s a stepbrother book.  They are not blood.  There really isn’t THAT much taboo about it people!  It can totally happen that two young teenagers will find themselves attracted to some other person their age suddenly living in their house.  Then fast forward a few years and they finally act on it.  I don’t see the big deal everyone is making about it.  Way back in the day I was reading this trope all the time in every other Lora Leigh book it seemed.  It was always the devilishly good looking stepbrother taking the girls’ virginity.  Want to talk about taboos?  Read her old work!  LOL
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Twists Just for Shock Value
I see this more and more lately.  I think readers are tired of reading the same old story sometimes and authors are trying to find ways to shock them.  Sometimes that can work.  But I won’t give a 5 star “Mind Blown” rating to a book because the author decided to throw in a twist in the end that was, for all intents and purposes, unexpected.  Unless they can make me REALLY buy it.  Could that possibly work?  Because if you just want to throw in a million coincidences to shock the reader, or make me believe something that realistically wouldn’t happen, then I’m out.  It only pisses me off.
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The BAD Hero Who Doesn’t Own It
I don’t mean an alpha that is a bit rough around the edges.  I don’t mean the real bad guy that stays an asshole throughout the book.  I mean the douche that is disrespectful to women, does all kinds of bad things, and the author manages to romanticize him to make the reader believe he’s a good guy FOR the heroine.  Own your bad self!  You bad?  Then be bad!  And make it a raw and gritty dark romance about this really bad guy.  Make no apologies for that guy!  The trend now is to make that bad guy seem ok and redeemable, and that is not ok with me.  We read for the escape and sometimes I’m intrigued to see a different way of life and be in someone’s head that would be in a different situation than mine.  Some authors do really good at writing that bad guy and keeping him “bad”.  Some authors, are a big fail.
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*Suzanne budding into Francesca’s post as usual*
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Here are the trends I struggle with, I just couldn’t keep this is all in…
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Bikers, Billionaires, Rockstars, Jocks Oh My!
As soon as I see a book has any of the above, I switch off. At some point I have tried to read any one of those tropes and just become intensely annoyed with the whole thing. Is there no originality anymore? As soon as someone finds a specific topic to write about it seems suddenly everyone needs to have a stab at it. Why? You’re essentially reading the same book over and over again, I don’t get why people continue buying them. Unless it’s cowboys, in which case I completely understand. I think it’s the Stetson.
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New Adult
It may seem harsh to condemn a whole genre. Yet here I am, condemning. I have lost all patience listening to whiny 20 year olds and their terrible childhood and blah blah blah. The whole concept baffles me, how did it turn into a genre? Was I really that irritating when I was 20? Probably.
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So there you have it ladies!
Now tell us what are some of
your struggles in the comments,

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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I’ve over the Billionaire thing. I’ve not read stepbrother, non-HEAs or mermaids. I’m over NA mostly. I’ve read a couple that wasn’t whiny I think it depends on the plot and the author. So I can’t say never for NA but I’m peaky about them.

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I could never get in to the bikers and rockstars, I only read one merman story (it was just ok), jocks are few and far between …same with new adult

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Timitra

Francesca I agree wholeheartedly with you especially about step brother romance, that Lora Leigh comment on point.

Suzanne yeah I’m not a huge fan of billionaires and rockers I’ve read them and while there are one or two billionaires I adore I’ve yet to find a rocker I feel that way about. As for New Adult I enjoy some of them.

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Nicola O.

” I have lost all patience listening to whiny 20 year olds and their terrible childhood and blah blah blah. The whole concept baffles me, how did it turn into a genre? Was I really that irritating when I was 20? Probably.”

Ahahahah and yes, THAT is what NA doesn’t interest me much as a category. Not that there aren’t a few that will rise above and be a great read, but… I don’t seek it out.

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Christina

I can’t believe that the whole 50 Shades trope and the resulting wannabes didn’t make the list! That whole trope is so old and tired now.

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Technically Suzanne got that in the billionaires. LOL

Jennifer Schaber
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I’ve read a couple of really good stepbrother books, but as you mention – the focus is not on the “taboo” and the stories are written very well. There are way too many band wagon jumpers out therewith not enough talent. I’m amazed at some of the following sometimes. Rock stars are a coin toss. I love my drummers and am usually disappointed in their books. It’s almost as if the authors believe that since they are in the back that their stories can be sloppy and their love interest not nearly as intense as the rest of the band.… Read more »

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Miss R

I couldn’t agree with you ladies more!! Oh how I loved NA when it was new Beautiful Disaster, Easy, The Edge of Never etc. Wonderful stories IMHO but than we get hundreds trying to copy the magic those stories and we end up getting saturated in it and not in a good way. I still read NA but I’m very picky now. I love my biker books but again I am very selective of what authors I’ll read. My biker stories have to have that bad boy that doesn’t excuse his behavior. I’ve never read a Mermen book it just… Read more »

Barb Hill-Kidd
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I agree with many of your statements. Can I also add that I don’t like the glorification of certain groups in our society that are known for their mistreatment of women. The MC genre- do the research a true MC such as the 1% do not treat women well. Organized Crime lords and their captains historically have not treated women well. I understand that it is fiction but I have a real problem with romanticizing these groups.

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I am with you on cowboys! Yeehaw! Billionaires don’t bother me & I have read some really good ones lately. I am more likely to pick up hometown romances. Or cowboys. I also love historical romance. Mermaids & step-brothers, no thank you! Haven’t read too many NA books. Also no to no clear ending or no happy ending. Life is to short to read books that don’t end happily!

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