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What are your biggest book turnoffs or deal breakers?
One theme which I find disappoints me quite often even when used by my favorite authors and well written is the unplanned pregnancy. Here’s why…when I fall in love with a couple I fall hard. Usually the author has already created several trials and traumas for them (and us as readers) to deal with, and what I want more than anything is for a couple to get their happily ever after. Now, don’t get me wrong…it isn’t that I’m opposed to children. Nope…it’s that I want to imagine them having the chance to really enjoy each other for a while first….alone. Babies are great, but let’s be realistic…they’re also a lot of work. As the mother of three I know this to be true. And, while it’s not impossible to keep things romantic during and after pregnancy it usually requires a lot more planning and prepping. I get that it’s a plot device used to create more drama, but pretty please let my couples have some them time before family time. This is why I am such a fan of epilogues. It gives the author a chance to treat us to a peek into the future, and that’s where I like to see babies at. I also have to say that once I get over my initial pout I’m usually able to get back into the story and enjoy it. So, not a deal breaker by any means but usually a turnoff.
Another plot device which is a turnoff for me is the relapse. Usually it involves the return to drugs or alcohol after the couple experiences a setback of some kind. Yes, I know it happens in real life. However, since I’m reading fiction it’s much more impressive to me for the author to make us think the character is going to relapse, but then he/she resists it. That’s great storytelling.
I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who’s ok with cheating, and that’s been a deal breaker for me in several stories. I can think of one very notable exception for many (tho certainly not all) including myself. In Thoughtless…which is one of my all time favorite books/series…Kiera does cheat on Denny with Kellan. Why are so many of us ok with that? I think it’s probably because the way the story plays out most of us like but aren’t completely invested in either Denny or the relationship he and Kiera have. On the other hand we are drawn into the “rightness” of Kellan and Kiera together pretty quickly. If anyone has a better explanation please feel free to express it in the comments.
Now you tell me…What are YOUR biggest book turnoffs or deal breakers?