Hi guys! I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! In yesterday’s post I told you about some of my bookish buzz-words, the words that me want to read a certain book. Today’s post is the flipside of that: bookish nope-words, which are (obviously) the words that fill our souls with nope when we see them on the back of a book.
1. Male Protagonist (In YA)
I’ve always been more drawn to female protagonists in general, but I’ll read a literary fiction or SFF book with a male protagonist if it sounds really interesting. But when it comes to YA, I very rarely make an exception. I spent enough time around teenage boys when I was a teenager, I’ve no interest in being stuck in one’s head 350 pages now.
The exception that proves the rule: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
2. Urban Fantasy
Urban Fantasy is a genre I haven’t quite figured out yet, but my impressions are that there’s often some kind of mystery (which reminds me that ‘Detective’ should be another word on this list), a steamy romance and a ridiculous amount of books in a series. I have commitment issues, guys, I can’t read a 15-book series.
The exception that proves the rule: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
3. Assassins and Thieves
Since I’m a big fan of anti-heroes and other morally grey characters, you’d think I’d love reading about assassins, thieves and other criminals, but for some reason I just don’t. I’ve read a few and feel they all follow one of two plot-lines, either there’s a classic heist or the assasin/thief gets set up, then drawn into a bigger conspiracy. There’s nothing wrong with either of those plots, they’re just not my favorites – so I usually stay clear of books about criminals.
The exception that proves the rule: Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan
I don’t think I’m the only one who’s not so keen on dystopians in 2018, but if I’m being honest I wasn’t that keen in 2012 either. And if I’m being even more honest, my objections are purely aesthetic. There’s just nothing about your typical dystopain setting that appeals to me, it’s too bleak, too grey and to dreary. What can I say? I don’t find reading about rubble very interesting.
The exception that proves the rule: Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (It’s still the end of the world, but at least it’s green)
I think I shy away from books with the word Gothic on the cover for a lot of the same reasons I shy away from dystopians. I immediately picture something bleak and dreary: a gloomy isolated mansion, hidden passageways, stormy nights and creepy servants.
The exception that proves the rule: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
This only goes for books set in our world and it’s gotten to the point where I almost avoid any historical fiction, cause nine out of ten times it will be set in Europe during WWI or WWII. It’s not that I mind reading about those era’s, I don’t. It’s just that they’re so over represented in comparison to other time-periods and locations and I feel like I’ve read the same story too many times before.
The exception that proves the rule: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak