Thursday, November 1, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday (4)

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by 
Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read

Q: What is a deal breaker for you in a book? For example, do you abhor love triangles? Or can't deal with bad editing?

Wow. This is a good question. And also one that I have no idea how to answer. You all know that love triangles aren't my favorite. And if a book description goes on about 'the two guys' the girl is in love with, I will pass it right by. But I have loved a few triangle, and I will read them if enough people recommend them. Bad editing can be VERY annoying, but if the story is good enough, I can handle some mistakes (endless problems, no.). 

What is a deal breaker? Characters with no redeemable qualities? Or books that end in utter death and destruction - though I have read a few of those anyway. 

I'm not sure I could come up with a hard and fast thing, though there are plenty of books I don't like. Because I don't relate to the characters or the plot, or the story rings false for some reason - but the reason for that is not always something definable. 


  1. Nice answer! There are always exceptions to ever rule :)

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  2. Great answer! I agree that it's hard to define. Sometimes you just don't know why and anytime the good outweighs the bad, even pet peeves can be overlooked. Old follower. My FFs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Friday! :D

  3. Here's my link PageGirlsPageofBookReviews
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    I LOVE a GOOD Love triangle so maybe we would be good opposites!

  4. That's a really good and well thought-out answer!

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  5. I agree - there are books out there with good love triangles!

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  6. I agree- love triangles do annoy me sometimes!

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  7. This is the answer I tried to portray, but you seemed to capture it. I usually always finish a book, but the ones I haven't I can't really nail down the exact reasons other than I didn't like it.
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  8. Good answer. I also can think of some love-triangles I ended up loving, so they aren't always bad :)

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  9. Great answer and great blog title: love is NOT a triangle I agree! And I agree, it's hard to come up with one hard rule. I've managed to enjoy books that had bad editing if I was able to get passed it...Anyways thanks for sharing, new follower via GFC. Here's my FFF

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  10. Great answer. I feel that if all of those things are done well, they don't bother me. There are always exceptions. It took me a while to come up with the answer that I did after much thought. I'm pretty much open to reading just about anything.
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  11. I try not to judge books on any one element either but some things just are beyond my ability to tolerate. Especially with the advent of the internet, research is a lot easier than it used to be. Any published author that makes a huge mistake that a single google search could reveal, especially in vital plot elements, exhibits laziness and lack of respect for their readers. That's one thing I can't abide.

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  12. Good answer, I don't appreciate too many characters in a story.

  13. True. I've read books that were edited badly - or not at all, probably - but I finished them because of the plot.

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    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

  14. I agree, for the most part I've been able to get through books once I start reading them, though I often will pass by books that don't look appealing from the description. I had to DNF a book recently that had horrid editing though!

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  15. If there are a ton of characters I just get confused... even with the new Xray feature on my Kindle I tend to forget people.

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  16. Terrific answer. All those things bug me as well but I've found there's usually an exception to each. Thanks for stopping by my FF this week. I'm following you back via GFC.

  17. I sort of feel the same way. I don't think that there's any one deal-breaker, but if I don't like the characters or the plot then I don't like the book.

    I LOVE your blog title by the way. That's so funny. I'm not a fan of love triangles either. They're not a deal-breaker for me, but they are pretty darned cheesy and usually mean the protagonist can't make up her darned mind!

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  18. You made several good points, but the best was 'the story rings false'. Even in fantasy or paranormal romance I need the story to ring true.

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  19. Love triangles are getting old! When will authors learn?

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  20. I am okay with love triangles, as long as the author didn't focus on only one side of the triangle. I like love triangles that could rip my heart out because I can't choose between the two guys.

    I've read some self-published books with very bad editing and some weird writing too. But I couldn't drop it since it was kind of a review copy, but I am still stumbling through it, it has been, like a month or so now... *sigh*

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  21. I'm not the biggest fan of slow books. If a book keeps dragging on, I just can't finish it. I get really bored and I usually end up in a reading slump.

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  22. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm okay with love triangles and the death at the end would make it sad, but I agree about not connecting with the characters. New follower~

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  23. Guess I'm not the only one who passes a book if it has a description about "a girl and two guys" then! Great answer!
    Thanks for the comment over at my blog earlier! I've followed you back!
    Katie @ Fiction Predictions

  24. Great answer! Triangles, been there, done that.

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