Hello fellow bookworms 👿 It’s time for another Top Five Wednesday, which is a weekly meme which was created by Lainey and is now hosted by Sam! This week’s topic is Bookish Things You’re a Grinch about! I have to shamefully admit that I have never seen the movie *hides* but today it’s time to let out my inner Grinch. For this topic we are not supposed to talk about very serious topics (like problematic rep, abusive relationships), but rather after more petty bookish things we don’t like. Obviously these are all very personal things that I don’t like, so please keep that in mind if I mention a favorite thing of yours. I mean you no harm and you can still enjoy something that I am not a big fan of.
With that said I’m letting out my inner Grinch 👿
1 “Cis Girl dresses up as a boy” Trope 👿 This is a more serious topic on my list, but I cannot stand this trope at all. Whenever a book is like “cis female main character dresses up as a boy bc of the historical area or something else” I am not really interested and rather put off. Especially as this usually ends with the girl falling for a boy and everything is oh so complicated, because she is supposed to keep up her facade. The trope just really bothers me and I tend to not gravitate towards books that feature it, because I have zero interest in reading about this anymore. That’s also why I have no interest in reading Flame in the Mist. What I do want to see more are actual trans Mulan retellings (like Lia’s WIP Making Mountains Bow)!!!
2. Romance overtaking the story 👿 Look, I love my romance, but not if it overtakes the entire story and leaves no room for anything else. That’s mostly why I don’t like contemporaries that are 100% romance, because I want to read about something besides the romance, even if I like it. What saddens me greatly is when the world building, secondary characters and/or plot are neglected in favor of investing everything into building up the romance. I have to say that for me Shatter Me is a classic example for this, because the plot is almost 80% the romance and the world is not explored at all. I have also seen this in It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne, where the entire book is focused on building up a romance, that happens to be pretty much doomed from the beginning. That’s a solid no from me.
3. Audiobooks 👿 Please don’t hate me, but I am not a fan of Audiobooks at all. Don’t get me wrong, this does not mean that I hate Audiobooks or think that they are not as important as physical books. On the contrary, I am happy to see many of my bookish friends enjoying audiobooks and the many pros they have – they are practical, allow multi-tasking and allow you to get much reading done. However, this is a very personal No from me, as I am 100% a visual learner/reader and cannot deal with listening to a book at all. Believe me I tried, but I tend to absorb my information best visually. Everyone is different when it comes to that, so gladly there is an option for everyone. I also feel like for me it wouldn’t be worth it to invest in audible or audiobooks in general, as I tend to struggle with them. But again, I am glad that there are services like audible offered for those who want to get their hands on some great audiobooks.
4. Expanding Series 👿 This is a topic where I as a reader tend to be torn as well, because I do want more content from books I enjoy, but sometimes I am also wary of so many Series getting expanded. For me it depends on a lot of factors, if I am excited about an extension or rather worried. I feel like sometimes adding so many more books drags out a story too much and leaves a lot room for things to go in directions that I am not happy with. I am going to be honest: I love the Three Dark Crowns Series, but since the books are very slow paced and the plotline turned completely around in the second book, I have no idea how things are going to wrap up. I feel like 2 or 3 books would have been enough, but 4? I don’t know about that. What I tend to view even more critically is when series are expanded 2+ years after they ended. This might surprise fans in a very good way, but it also makes me feel betrayed, as I feel like we as readers cannot be really sure anymore if a book Series is truly finished.
5. Love Triangle in Book 2 👿 My ultimate nemesis and the most petty thing on this list. I don’t like love triangles, but what I like even less is when the first book has no love triangle, but the second one does. Like if you give me a love triangle please do it in the first book and don’t make me feel safe if you intend to rip it all away. It really feels like betrayal, when I get excited as a book finally has no love triangle for a change and then when the second book comes around I am like ‘oh no you didn’t’. I have seen this in books more often lately, that a second love interest mysteriously appears in the second book for … drama or the like. I don’t like it and this is the reason I don’t trust romances anymore, because there is always the risk that a love triangle is forced in the second book if not the first. Yes I am looking at you Prodigy. *cough* but also Fireblood, please don’t be bad, because I loved the first book.
What are some bookish things that you are a total Grinch about? 😈