The Top 5 Wednesday discussion topic today is book trends you’re tired of. This refers to something in particular that some books knowingly or unknowingly contribute to that can be infuriating to read.
1. Gay Best Friend
There should definitely be LGBT characters in books, but when it is the sterotypical gay man, it is somewhat frustrating that the only LGBT character in the novel cannot have been given more depth and background.
When novels include romance, it should be conveyed in a realistic way. Even if the novel is something like science fiction, the romance in it should be done believably. I much prefer it when books play out the romance and make the readers work for it out, slowly giving out hints to show the two belong together. If they love each other instantly, then what is the point to continue reading? Then there must be a reason, like something sad that pulls them apart. Think Romeo and Juliet.
3. Book Loving Characters
This is a good idea in theory, as it makes the main character relatable. I’m reading a book, therefore I clearly like to read. But when the main character is obsessed with books, it makes me feel like I am just reading the thoughts of the author, as no doubt the author enjoys to read.
4. Teenager and Adult Relationships
When I was under 18 I thought this was okay, because I didn’t see the problem. It is clearly alright if one is 16 or 17 and the other is only 18, but something like 15 and 19 seems wrong. Authors should set an example of who teenagers should date, as I believe these kinds of relationships are manipulative. However, sometimes I can look past it…
5. Love Triangle
I do not like it when I have to read several books in a series with the main character being romantically involved with two other people when it is obvious who they should end up with. Love triangles can be fun, but they need to be executed in way that creates drama!
- What do you think of these tiring books trends?