Monday, July 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book

It's time to participate in The Broke and the Bookish's weekly post of Top Ten Tuesday. 

This week's topic: Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book.

I think my list explains a lot about my book choices, or rather, my non-choices. 


1. Sex: I realize with the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey that I am in the minority here, but I am NOT a fan of books mostly about sex. Now, I don't mind if there is a sex scene in a book, as long as it tastefully done and applicable to the story.  But I do hate when they are overly detailed and have nothing to do with the story.  Call me a prude if you will, but I have zero interest is being involved with other people's sex lives. And I don't get my jollies off in reading about it. I have a husband for the real thing. :)

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2. Vampires: I realize that I have not only reviewed Dracula, but given it 4 stars.  But vampires no longer appear in books like they did in Dracula. They are more often than not like Edward Cullen, who is as far from the original folklore of vampires as you can get. I can't stand it.  Again, I am well aware I am in the minority on this one. But until they stop sparkling and start burning, like they are supposed to in the sun, I will avoid them.
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3. Romance: The drama of relationships annoys me in real life, so I am not keen on reading about it.

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4. High School:  This one is easy. I hated high school when I was in high school. Reading about it now that I am out would make no sense. (And yes, that's a picture of my high school).
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5. Politics: This one is just like the previous; I hate politics, so why would I read about it?

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6. War: I am not sure why, but I have the hardest time following war time novels. Even if I like the author and plot, I have a really hard time following. There are a few books I have read that are about wartime, but they are few and far between.

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 7. Fantasy: I'm not sure what it is specifically about fantasy, but I just can't get into like other people. I think it may because its hard to relate to the characters when they live in a different world with totally different situations. Authors have to spend so much extra time explaining the basics of the fantasy world, that simple things like traveling from one location to another take ten times as long. I think I just get...bored.

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8. Space: This is relatively the same as fantasy.

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9. Rape: Do I really need to explain this one?  If there is a rape in a book that I know about, I won't pick it up.  If there is one that creeps up on me, then I either skip it or stop reading the book entirely. I realize that there are plenty of books out there about rape that help those who have been through it.  But the words will haunt me for days, and I just can't handle it.

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10. Unicorns: I thought unicorns were silly and ridiculous as a child and think they are even sillier as an adult.

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So there you have it. I guess you can tell by my list that  I will never be reading or reviewing Twilight. :)

I f you disagree with my list, well, sorry.  I'm a weirdo and I understand that.

20 comments:

  1. I agree about the whole sex thing....I have better things to read! And politics and vampires....BLAH....Great list!!! I love your pictures! :)
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    1. I have mentioned the whole sex thing to others, and so many are like "Are you not comfortable with your sexuality?" Oh no, I am totally comfortable with MY sexuality, but I am uncomfortable with other people's sexuality!

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  2. Vampires definitely made my list this week.

    I should've added high school to my list; it's one of those "been there, done that", don't really need to read about it in my lit xP

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    1. I have seen vampires a lot. And here I thought I was the only one. :)

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  3. I just have to echo your thoughts in regards to the fantasy genre. I often find that books in that particular genre prize world building above all else, often to the exclusion of the development of things I consider much more important, such as character development. What it really boils down to is a lack of patience on my part - I'm completely uninterested in slogging through entire chapters concerning the minutiae of the world which the author has created. They might feel passionate about it because it's their creation, but more often than not I couldn't care less.

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    1. Thank you! It drives me insane. Its why I fell asleep the last time I tried Lord of the Rings. I'm sure there is a great story in there somewhere, but I have zero patience to build a whole world in the mean time.

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  4. With you on high school, romance, erotica, and vampires. There are some exceptions but they are VERY few and far between. None whatsoever for erotica. Like you, I prefer vampires like Dracula--the evil, monster kind, rather than the ones that pop up everywhere today. Great list. Thanks for stopping by my blog. :D

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    1. Yes, the new age vampires drive me crazy!

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  5. Good list! I actually debated putting unicorns on my list but then couldn't think of any unicorn books and decided I couldn't just put things on my list I didn't like in general (dolphins were another one I considered and rejected), haha. I also agree with you about politics, that's a good one.

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    1. I don't know of any unicorn book in particular, but I know I see them on book covers at the bookstores. I don't even read the title, I just keep walking.

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  6. Oh, I wholeheartedly agree with your #1.

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  7. Thanks! I honestly thought I was in the minority on that one. Everyone seems to be into them lately.

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  8. Yay! High five to no politics! They just bore me.
    Great list! :D

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    1. My husband is very into politics. Just the mere mention of them and I zone out!

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  9. Great list! I agree with pretty much everyhting! :)
    It's weird because yours is not the first list where I find unicorns...are there books about unicorns? I had no idea they existed, oh well...we learn something new everyday haha :D

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    1. I feel like everywhere I go there are books with unicorns on the covers. I have no idea the titles or plots, but the unicorn alone keeps me away. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. No need to apologize for your list! Differences are what makes this all so fun.

    That said, most of your list would actually make my list of topics I WANT to read. But I agree about the unicorns. :)

    Thanks for visiting!
    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

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    1. I guess that just proves we are all different and that's ok!

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  11. Love the pictures to go with your choices. Very clever and effective! ~Sheri

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