T5W: Book trends you’re tired of

Instead of the internet, now my computer is having troubles with me 😦 But I managed to write this post just in time so, long live the scheduling option!

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!

(I’m not exactly sure I understood this topic 100% so please tell me if I interpreted this wrong!)

1. Love triangles

I have said it before, I’ll say it now and I’ll say it a 1000 more times in the future. Love triangles is one of the very few things that just keep annoying me while reading. And I don’t actually know if this is particularly in the young-adult genre or not, I’m getting really tired of it… I mean, sometimes it’s written really well (the one from the Legend series wasn’t awesome, but still better than most… probably because it was over soon enough. Reviews of Legend, Prodigy and Champion here, here and here), but still, the love triangle is coming back so many times in so many books!

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2. Boys that think girls are helpless

And yes, most of the time, they realize girls are awesome and strong soon enough, but I can’t not hate that first impression. I mean, we’re living in the 2010’s for God’s sake! Let us be awesome and strong on our own!

 

3. Books where people who read are getting bullied and/or laughed at

I feel like this really represents the real life. When I tell people I like to read, I get strange looks and asks if I wouldn’t rather spend hours playing Candy Crush on my phone or something (no I don’t). Why is reading such a “bad” thing? So what if we enjoy our time with books, on our own (or together with someone), what’s wrong with that? I’ll never understand it to be honest.

 

4. Stock images/Real life people on covers

Another thing I’ve mentioned before, but if there’s one thing that makes me want to not-buy a book, it’s when it has real-life people on the cover. Sometimes the people match the view of them in my head, but most of the time, they’re not at all what I imagined they would look like. And that’s the kind of thing that’ll get stuck with me for a long long time, even after finishing the book. The Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series, for one, could have so much better covers!

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5. Love in almost every story

I have nothing against a good love story, but I just don’t think it’s necessary for every book to have a love story.Sure, it makes a good more-than-one-plotline, but sometimes the book is rather difficult as it already is, no need to add a love story. Coincedentally, I read the book Angelfall (review here), and except for the ending, there isn’t really any love there. And it was honestly amazing

Did you have the same or just really different things you’re tired of? Tell me!

-Luci


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6 thoughts on “T5W: Book trends you’re tired of”

  1. Oh I feel #4 so hard! Why do all the models on book covers look the same, too? Do they only have 3 models to pick from??

    I think when it comes to your final comment about how every story has to be a love story, I wonder how all the recent backlash towards love triangles/squares/other polygons will affect the use of those kinds of romantic relationships as subplots in YA going forward. Publishers and authors are seeing now more than ever on booktube and blogs that people are tired of it, so I wonder how long it will take to change in practice since it’s also been shown to be such a money maker. (I’m adding Angelfall to my reading list, though!)

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    1. Angelfall is amazing, I just finished the second book lasr night and it went every way I didn’t expect haha! I also hope authors will be more careful with love in their stories, I’ve seen a lot of t5w’s about how they’re tired of love being everywhere..

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