People, it is OCTOBER. This fact blows my mind. Is the world spinning faster or something? Anywho, the good news is its Tuesday and its time for Top Ten Tuesday. We love everything that the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish do, and this list-mania feature is a good one. This week TTT is all about book turn-offs. A book turn off is a REAL thing. Sometimes you are happy as a clam with a book until bam! Something completely turns you off -- for us that something is usually:
1. flashbacks. I almost always skip them.
3. Derogatory language. I understand that you are trying to make a point about your character being tough, having an edge, being a jerk, but you are a writer. use your imagination and show me this character without dropping f bombs, making homosexual remarks, or generally being an ass.
4. Adultery- just not me thing, I have mentioned this before and books about cheaters and adultery is a turn off.
5. Too much world building, not enough action. George R.R. Martin BARELY gets by in my opinion with his epic descriptions of food and clothing. Everyone else, please stop and just let my imagination go for it.
6. Characters who write bad poetry that I have to read that makes them feel deep or express their emotions. This is usual terrible poetry and there is not much worse to read in this world.
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series is a CLASSIC example of uber world-building.
But on a cheerier note, the new editions of these books have much improved covers.
Good work, professional cover-pickers.