Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is the opposite of last week’s, and we’re to talk about the things that make us NOT want to pick up a book. I don’t think I have that many bookish turn-offs, and the ones I have are mostly conditional – they make me less likely to pick up a book, but I guess I’d never say never.
Here are some of those things…
I love tv series like Elementary and Criminal Minds, but even as a kid I could never get into Nancy Drew and/or the Hardy Boys. The only reason I enjoyed the Secret Seven and Famous Five mysteries was because of all the food (and camping, and adventures without parents). Mysteries usually don’t engage me.
An exception to the “rule”: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, and most Sherlock-related stories, really.
In high school, I was a huge fan of horror. These days, I’m not so keen. I still enjoy the occasional gothic novel and I like mixing a bit of Lovecraftian vibe into my fanfic, but in general, I just don’t pick up horror titles lately. (I haven’t even rewatched Buffy in almost a year!) A current exception would be Dan Wells, because I can’t seem to stop reading him.
Exception: Dan Wells’ John Cleaver books, mostly.
I’m not a fan on war and military novels. Period. The very few exceptions have been incredible military SF, or fantasies, but even within those genres I’m less likely to pick up anything too military.
Exception: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
I think I’m relaxing on this one more of late, but I guess I still have a bit of a thing with historical fiction – including historical fantasies. In fact, I guess the main reason I’m less likely to pick up a high fantasy is because they’re more likely to have a historical vibe.
Exception: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
* Verse novels
I just can’t, for the most part. The few I’ve read, or included in my TBR, I only did so because my interest in their subject matter/theme was stronger than my dislike of verse novels.
Exception: A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
It was hard to think of more bookish turn-offs after these obvious ones (that I’ve talked about with friends more than a few times), so I’m stopping at five. Do you have similar, or completely different things that make you not want to pick up a book? Are your bookish turn-offs absolute, or do you have exceptions, like me?