We watched National Treasure again last night. I really enjoy that movie, it’s not good, but it’s fun and it has a lot of the things that draw me to movies. It’s clue driven, even if not a mystery. There’s a bit of romance, but it doesn’t overwhelm the plot. It’s got action, a clear good guy versus bad guy, and the geeky computer nerd.
Books are similar, there are things that make me want to pick up a book. Mysteries, especially historical, draw my attention. Steampunk, a touch of paranormal, the art world, pretty covers.
There are also some words and topics that make me want to avoid a book at all costs. Now, granted there are some good books that would fall into this list, but I’m talking in generalities here.
Top Ten Words/Phrases That Make Me NOT Pick Up a Book
- Coming of Age
- Stephen King
- Chick Lit
- New Adult
- Love triangle
- Time Travel
- World War 2
- Emotional Family Drama
What would be on your list?
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’m just a day late.
Whoa…that’s almost everything I read!
NA would def be on my list
Honestly, I’m not sure if I even know what it is, which might be part of the reason it annoys me.
I am not a fan of new adult either!
I’m the same way with zombies and horror. I haven’t tried New Adult yet.
Only two of those — zombies and emotional drama — would send me running. I’m a fairly eclectic reader and I love Stephen King’s writing so I will read an occasional horror novel although it’s not my favorite. And what is New Adult? That’s a category I don’t think I’ve come across yet.
And in all honesty, I’ve probably read at least one book that falls into every single one of those categories that I’ve enjoyed – except maybe zombies.
NA seems to be like YA except with college-age folks and more sex. Alright, that’s an over-simplification I’m sure, but I’m avoiding them, so that’s all I’ve got.
I find it hard to avoid books – fiction, mysteries, that are not set in WWII. Seems like a trend nowadays. I also dislike horror and Stephen King, as you do, though I admit King is a great writer.
OMG yes. I SO do not do zombies.
Zombies and Time Travel, I totally agree and a few others but I do love Emotional Family Drama and add a suspense element, love love love.
I hate crying over books and family dramas and WW2 stories are most likely to send me into tears.
Interesting list. I’m with you on war books and chick lit. But I love SK. And I’m a fan of time travel/horror/zombie stories as well 🙂
Uggghh, NA and love triangles! Just no.
Not sure I know what New Adult is.
I agree with zombies and horror. Although, if I found a good zombie angle… Nah, just don’t get the whole zombie thing.
Awwww…I see Stephen King on the list…lol. Come to think of it, your list is what I look for when choosing a book, except World War 2.
I don’t look for Fantasy, Magic or Dragons.
What an interesting question! I’m with you on everything but Stephen King and time travel!