A few weeks ago I wrote a post about things that made me want to read a book and today I wanted to write about things that do not make me want to read a book. And I will not go into covers and titles, even though those play a very important role. I mainly read YA books so that’s where I will be focusing on. I will include examples of books I have read and loved despite the fact that they contain these… tropes?
This is all based on my personal opinion and books that include these topics are not by definition bad books. Not at all, they’re just not my type of books.
When I was young, I actually really liked stories with witches. I remember reading this series about a modern witch, I don’t remember what it was called, and I loved it! Now, however, it just doesn’t interest me anymore. While I still love books with magic (in fact I love those more now), books with old-fashioned witches are not my thing.
I can’t think of anything I’ve read recently.
#2 Vampires, werewolves and anything like that
I actually skipped the entire Twilight hype, but I did read the Vampire Academy books, but I wouldn’t pick anything like it now. I feel like vampires and werewolves are overdone often and there are only the same tropes repeating itself. I think it’s also very romance heavy, I think, which is not at all my thing.
However, the Wolves of Mercy Falls series will always and forever be the first YA series I fell in love with and I will love it until forever.
#3 Mythical creatures and gods
Especially faeries and fae (I don’t know if that counts as mythical creatures but I’m counting it). I just. I don’t know, I just can’t deal with faeries. It’s so not my thing.
Myths and gods have never really attracted my interest. I don’t know why, I never really got into that genre. I have never been interested in the Percy Jackson series either.
I did read Wonder Woman: Warbringer recently, which had quite a lot of mythical background and gods in it, and I did love it (despite that)!
#4 Regeneration romance
It is just me or is regeneration romance the most cringy, overused, trope-y genre there is? I feel like any regeneration romance story can be described in the same few sentences: either the boy is immortal and chases the same girl around time and tries to save her from dying but fails every time. Or the same two people fall in love every regeneration and tragically die every time and have to find each other again and again. Something like that.
Sorry but I don’t read any regeneration romance anymore.
#5 Synopsis that start with “It was [some year pre-21st century]”
Historical fiction has never been my thing, and whenever a synopsis and the first tree words are “it is” and then a number below 2000, the chances go down by 99% that I’ll end up reading it. ANY time I go to a bookstore, the same thing happens. I see a cover and think it looks so interesting, I turn the book around, see those three words and put it back down. EVERY TIME.
I did however read a couple of amazing historical books, and I should probably try getting in the genre more but by now it has become so ingrained in my mentality to put down historic books, that I’ll have to be super hyped about something before I actually pick it up.
#6 When it’s written by an author I dislike
*cough cough* SJM *cough cough* I promise, she’s not that bad, but I just can’t like her at all, just get all her books away from me I don’t want to see them. Anyway… I do have a couple of authors I can’t stand and I just don’t feel like reading their books. Ever. Makes sense right?
I do realize that saying having this mindset of not reading books containing any of these elements will make me miss out on some amazing books. But it’s very easy to find other books that do interest me highly and I don’t think I’ll ever run out of those.