After reading Anna and the French Kiss and being surprised by my knee-jerk negative reaction to it, I thought about how everyone has different triggers in books. There are some that are universal, like love triangles or insta-love romances, but others can be a bit more personal based on our thoughts, beliefs and morals which I really can’t stand.
Most of the time, if the book contains something that goes against my sense of morality, I’m probably going to hate it. Depending on how it’s written however, some authors have managed to get away with writing some of these themes and me still loving the book (like Maybe Someday), but that’s rare.
My negative book triggers are:
1. Possessive and controlling men
These love interests borderline on abusive, bullying behaviour! How is stalking, staring at me at night, dictating what I do and following me around meant to make me fall in love with them? Bad boys can still be respectful without being assholes.
Cheating is not cool and any love interest or main character that does it, whether emotionally or physically is just off the charts. You do not spend time getting to know someone you are attracted when they have a girlfriend/boyfriend/partner! It’s just asking for trouble.
3. Lack of retribution
Books where the bad guys never get punished for their crimes just leave this nasty, disturbing impression on me. I need justice dammit!
These books include: The Lovely Bones
4. Anti-feminist heroines
Bella Swan, eat your heart out. I don’t need no whiny weak female characters who have nothing else to do but swoon at Prince Charming waiting to be saved them from their miserable lives.
5. Kids overpowering/outsmarting adults
I know YA is all about empowering teenagers, but come on people. A group of teenagers overthrowing an entire government without help from adults is a bit of a stretch.
These books include: Panic
6. Poor world building in a dystopian or fantasy novel
We pick up these stories because the worlds sound fascinating, and without unique and original world building, you’re just going to sound like every other one that is out there.
What are your negative book triggers that will guarantee you hating a book?