Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday Chatter: Annoying Book Trends

Welcome to Tuesday Chatter! I am thinking of doing a post once a month on third Tuesday of each month about random things I've been wondering about. :) This months Tuesday Chatter is about Annoying Book Trends. I am such a quirky reader. There are some book trends that I love, but some just annoy the crap out of me. For instance, I was reading a Young Adult book where the heroine was addicted to coffee, rude to adults and was chosen to save the world. Sound familiar? It had every single Young adult trend out there in it, and bored me silly. Here are some other traits that bore me now:

  • Urban Fantasy Heroines with Katana Swords. I thought it was cool when Merit from The Chicagoland Vampire Series by Chloe Neill had one, but now it seems that is the only weapon that works to kill demons, vampires, fae, and every other supernatural creature out there. Why not have the heroine have another type of weapon?  
  • Mediums who can see ghosts. What happened to just having a ghost romance? Why must the heroine be a medium? (the exception to this trend is the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones) 
  • Romances where the couple doesn't get together until the last 50 pages. How is this a romance? 
  • Romances where the heroine knows the love interest from high school. It seems in half of the contemporary romances I've seen lately the love interest has been a former high school flame. How often does this really happen?

These trends bothered me so much that I wondered if I was the only one who was weird about being tired of trends of books, so I asked my twitter peeps what trends they were tired of in books. These were the answers: 
  • 23 year-old virgin heroines. Ugh. I am so of them.
  • heroines who are unhappy with their weight. #bleh. I want one who is 5-15 lbs over her ideal weight & happy with it
  • girls that are way to old to be virgins. Come now...in this day and age? Pshhhh oh and women that look completely unattainable. You dont have to be a runway model to kick ass. 
  • Love triangles can get a little old.
  • Talking about the penchent to forgive every little thing another character does (I'm not ok if you try to kill me LOL)
  •  Other than the standard I hate love triangles (any genre) 
  • absent parents (YA)
  • and emo/angsty heroes who are all like I DON'T DESERVE YOU.
  • Girl w/a guy for a BFF, totally oblivious that the guy wants them, takes the whole book before she figures it out. UGH

What book trends annoy you?


  1. I just love this list! I so agree with you. Sometimes it's too much.

  2. Aug. When a character gets too whiny and all "why is he with me? I suck and he's so wonderful! blah blah blah..." drives me frikkin' nuts!
    Love triangles usually really bother me but there are a couple of series where they are well done and not anxy so I can handle it.
    I find the weapon needs to suit the heroine. Merit, Secret and Kate suit a big sword.
    I don't understand the whole zombie phase. That's all I have to say about that. lol
    I'm sure there is more but that's all I can think of right now.
    I love this post idea! You go Colette!

    1. I totally agree with the first one. That is one of my pet peeves as well! I don't get the zombie thing either. :)

  3. I guess I haven't been reading enough YA books to comment! Sounds like legitimate gripes tho!

  4. Absent parents in YA piss me off tooooooo! Coming from someone who works with broken, chaotic families, this one hits way close to home.

    P.S. Lay off the zombies, yo! ;)

  5. Some are not liking the virgins, poor virgins. That does not bother me, sure it's a modern age, but that does not mean everyone is going for every Tom, Dick and Harry that shows up ;)

    For me, well now when you say it, swords! Come one, wouldn't it be easier to just use a gun?

  6. I'm really glad I'm not a huge reader of romance and urban fantasy now. Those things, for the most part, would get on my nerves.

  7. I like the Tuesday Chatter idea! All those things annoy me too. Characters "destined" to be together is used far too much.

  8. Fun new feature! I am so tired of cynical heroines who are oblivious that some guy likes them.

  9. I dislike the trends. If some author thinks up a cool concept, like Nalini Singh and her Archangels mixed with vampires, but totally not religious, you are stoned to death with Angel books. And yes please, no more zombie books! They are not romantic, they are corpses, decaying smelly ugly scary corpses!