Everyone has turn-offs so it’s not surprising that we’d have some when it comes to the books that we read. After brainstorming, here are our biggest turn-offs when it comes to Fiction! Don’t forget to share what you absolutely hate to see in books below!
If the hero or heroine can’t keep it in their knickers than what’s the point? When the hero sleeps with another woman other than heroine at any point in the book, even if they weren’t together, that falls in the same category.
I don’t care if his mummy was mean or his daddy beat him, that’s just an excuse for being an arsehole. I don’t mind genuine remorse, but I hate it when he uses an excuse the heroine buys the poor-me excuse and all is forgiven. Especially when the jerkish behavior goes past the point of no return, without any redeeming qualities.
Stupid Filler Plots
When author adds a random shit to a story that makes no sense, doesn’t add to the relationship or the general storyline and seems just to be there to fill pages.
I hate angst. The oh-I-don’t-deserve-you shite. Hero or heroine so self absorbed cos of some out of place and weird past trauma that they now spend their lives brooding like a 13 year old emo and they think the other deserves so much better than them. Whine-y characters also fall in this category. Just get over yourselves already!
Money to the Rescue
When the hero saves the heroine from the humdrum of her life by being rich. I mean we all have the fantasy of being swept of our feed by our handsome (and rich) prince. But I hate it when the hero swoops in and solves all the heroines problems by giving her dick and dollars. I prefer when the heroine saves herself. This is especially annoying with the homeless heroine plot.
I hate that, when the heroine seems to be perfect in every way. She doesn’t get hormonal on her period. She never gets the odd blemish. She never utters the occasional bitchy comment when she’s pissed without feeling guilty. She’s the unattainable figure of womanly perfection that makes her not just boring but unrelatable. I like my heroines to have some bad days.
they seem like they are a staple of romance books. But I detest them, for these 2 reasons: 1) it’s always obvious who they will pick which makes the drama of it all pointless and irritating 2) it’s always one woman and 2 men. If it was one man stringing along 2 women we would be crucifying him. I hate that double standard.
Bodily functions have a time and place to be funny until it gets to the point that it just turns me off. I see this being used a lot lately! By that same token, humor is a tricky thing. There is something like too many jokes that aren’t funny and authors that come across as trying to hard to be funny. If you can’t pull it off, just leave it out of your book. And if you just think you can pull it off and no one wants to tell you different, well…
Sometimes the story needs violence to add to the plot. This could be death, rape or anything in between. More often than not this is just added to add word count, it seems. If you add a rape to a storyline, you should follow through with the emotional aftermath of that situation. If there’s a gory violent scene, there has to be a reason for it to make it drive the story forward. Unnecessary violence just annoys me. And violence against women or animals is usually a big no no as well.
The “Good” Bad Guy
If a hero is disrespectful to women but only nice to the heroine, that doesn’t speak highly for him as a person and more often than not I’m not going to want to read about him. Some authors manage to pull this off but it’s extremely hard. But I also don’t want the hero to be out of character! If he’s a ruthless killer, then he has to act like a ruthless killer all the way through. Granted, not everyone wants to read that book. But don’t make me question that he can even be feared by gangs all around town because he acts like a love-sick puppy in the book. You’re bad? Stay bad. It’s not easy to make that work, I get that. But if that’s the character you want to write so make that work. Not to be confused with a reformed bad guy trying to change his life around.
What are some of your turn-offs?