This meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week’s topic is Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads. But I didn’t feel like doing it so I decided to choose a topic that would be easy for me to write about. So this week I’ll be
complaining discussing (in no particular order) my bookish pet peeves.
1.Why do 99.99% of young adult book characters hate health foods? I mean, besides Mia Thermopolis, every character seems to be very opposed to health foods and I don’t understand why. Now when I say health food I don’t mean tofu or seitan because those “proteins” are very unhealthy. I just wish that we saw them getting a salad instead of a burrito or a fresh pressed juice instead of a milkshake which brings us to pet peeve number two.
2.EVERY SINGLE MAIN CHARACTER IN YA LITERATURE IS A JUNK EATER!!!!! Because it absolutely grosses me out reading about soda, liquid dairy, or greasy meat ( oh god this is the absolute worst) I have given books a lesser rating and have even DNF’ed one or two of them. A few examples are Dumplin’, HIT, The DUFF, All the Feels, and This Ordinary Life. Why aren’t authors promoting healthy eating in literature? Do they do this to make them seem more relate-able? Whatever the reasoning may be, I don’t want to have to read about people eating junk food.
3.Ugly covers. There are so many incredible artist s out there in the world, why do publishers use ugly models and amateur photoshopping still? I won’t even read a book if it has an ugly cover let alone purchase one.
They make my eyes hurt just looking at them.
4. Throwing in useless characters just to move along the story. How many times have you read a book where there is an annoying ex who just won’t go away but the author uses to write about first love like The Love That Split The World? When a friend is turned into a caricature to add humor. Or has that one “friend” who say things like “over there” ,”yeah” or my favorite “she smiled at me as we passed each other in the hallway”. Just think about it, there’s one in almost every book!
5. In order to be a “strong” female character you can only read classics, hate make up, and not be concerned about your appearance. There is absolutely nothing wrong with liking to wear make up and yet, authors continually use this same trope in almost every book. I don’t think that we should enforce this stereotype by including this in so many books. Obviously not every girl and not ever characters have the same likes but do we really need to continually make a character who is concerned about their appearance the vain and shallow one? No. The answer is no.
6.Adults are complete idiots. If they aren’t absent in your life and completely ruining your childhood then you will find that you can’t trust them because it’s not like they have anything better to do than obsess over (killing) teenagers. Alright the may sounds a little extreme but it applies to dystopian books, because there’s nothing like a bunch of teens outwitting the government. This one always cracks me up because I can’t be bothered to talk to fourteen year old’s, I can hardly imagine obsessing over capturing a rouge group of teens. But the worst thing is when problems can be solved because adults are too dumb to see what the teenagers can easily deduce
7. Overly describing insignificant items that have no bearing on the plot. Like, I’m really not interested in what the vase looks like let’s just get on with it.
8. “You’re not like other girls”. Pray tell, then what am I like? Like other dogs, fuzzy bunnies, baby elephants??? What are you alluding to!?!
9. When the ending of a series or a book is neatly wrapped together in the last 30 pages. This happens a lot in mysteries, where we are continually building up to a huge ending but instead we are given a ridiculous solution. This happened in The Daughter of Deep Silence, at first it was amazing but then she started making stupid decisions and the ending sucked!
10. Weird Names. I love unique names as much as the next person but whatever happened to names like Ann and James? Instead we have names like America, Tuesday ,Emmica ,Keller, Katniss, Gale etc..
So what are your bookish pet peeves? Do you agree with any of my pet peeves? Let me know in the comments below!