A while ago I did a post about things I want to see more of in books. You can read that here. I thought I’d do the opposite now. These are things I’m just sick of reading about.
- “She let out the breath she didn’t know she was holding.”
- Love triangles between the girl-next-door, the best friend, and the bad boy. I don’t mind love triangles but I want to see it done differently with different character archetypes.
- SA in books. We don’t need it to tell our narrative, but it seems like writers keep putting this in books and shows to show how gritty life is or something. It’s disgusting and it’s not needed to build character.
- Insta-love. I suppose in some books it can make sense, but most people don’t have this “love at first sight” thing. I personally love a good slow burn. It builds the tension, makes the readers ask “will they…won’t they” and it feels more realistic.
- Perfect characters. Any good character has flaws. Both inward and outward. We don’t need gorgeous, kind, selfless but also fierce characters. Give me cowards forced to face their fears. Give me ugly characters who are still worthy of self-love. Give me selfish characters who find the one person they care about.
- Cringey dialogue. I’ve been running into this more and more. I get that a lot of writers are introverts but I promise you that they still have conversations with people.
- Endings that are “too neat.” Perhaps this is an unpopular opinion, but I actually don’t like everything being wrapped up nicely. I like things being open to interpretation. I like sacrifices that break the reader’s heart. I like a little darkness.
- Cheating. I just hate reading this and not being able to like the characters because of it.
What do you hate in books?