Friday, November 2, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday

So I decided to give Feature and Follow Friday a try. This is my really my first time to participate, but it seems like fun, and a great way to find new blogs who might know about books I don't, and to meet some new friends. It is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Q: What is a deal breaker for you in a book? For example, do you abhor love triangles? Or can't deal with bad editing?

OMG, there are so many.  Besides the insta-love thing, I have to say a deal breaker for me is one I was hit with in the last book I just finished:  I hate when a series sets up a character for me as being a certain personality, and then in the final book, they begin to act completely out of character.  Now, mind you, I like it when a character has a few changes to their personality based on growth throughout the series.  That's different. But when they begin to act in ways that are completely different than how they would usually act, and the out-of-character behavior isn't because of a plot device or a situation that's forced them to act differently, I don't like it.

And then there's just the too-predictable storyline.  You can guess everything that is going to happen, and after successfully predicted two or more things, that tends to make me grow bored and not want to finish.

So what are your deal breakers?



  1. oh i hate when the story is too predictable as well. makes it seem like a waste of time!

    trish - my follow friday

  2. Yes, I just read one like that and it was a big disappointment when I finished!

  3. I don't like it when that happens either. If a character changes their mood and act totally different from how they were, I get confused. Nobody can change their personality just like that.

    New follower via GFC! Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Good answer! New follower~

    Cindy @

  5. Krystianna, exactly. I feel like when that happens, it means the author just got rushed and wasn't paying close enough attention.

    Thanks, Cindy!

  6. Great answer. I hate it when characters act out of character without reason. It makes me feel like the author isn't trying anymore or they got stuck.
    And predictable books are aggravating.
    Thanks for stopping by! Following you via GFC.
    Megan @ Love Literature Art and Reason

  7. Megan, yes... and if they didn't care enough to make sure they knew their own character, why should I?

  8. I usually hate love triangles, very rarely do I see them done where I like them. The whole forbiddon love between a human and some sort of paranormal character that is usually out to kill them is getting old as well. Unfortunately it is moving me off fantasy, I read a lot more contemporary these days. The only vampire book I have ever liked is Julie Kagawa's 'Immortal Rules'

  9. Book Lover... I tend to get burned out on the more paranormal stories too. I'll read a bunch of them in a row and then I have to get onto a contemporary kick for a while just for some variety. I can definitely agree with you.


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