Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.
This week’s topic is Book Trends You’re Tired Of. I say this every time there’s a topic that takes me awhile to find choices for but this time I’m serious: this was the hardest topic ever! Honestly, up until this very moment I still don’t have all five answers. I’m writing this post to schedule it and I’m gonna wing it with one of my answers, enjoy!
SO let’s get started!
#5: Love Triangles
I’m not a huge hater of love triangles, I think some can be well done and I would love to see the particular trope be flipped with like two girls and one guy or like three guys or three girls, you know except for like the regular two guys fighting over the one girl. That’s my issue, that 1. it happens a lot and 2. no one goes beyond it or plays around with the trend and it just gets really repetitive.
#4: Standalones That End in Cliffhangers
This enrages me to no end! Last year I managed to read not one, not two, but THREE different books marketed as standalones (The Blazing Star, Dead Girls Society and Glitter) that ended in cliffhangers which means that there MAY be more books and it may become a series or it might just stay there and the story will never be finished. It makes me so mad when I go into a book expecting to read just one conclusive story that I can just enjoy in one book and THEN IT DOESN’T. I have very strong feelings about this.
#3: Girl Hate
I really don’t understand why female authors feel the need to pit girls against each other in their books (male authors do this too but I read mostly books by women). While I can’t say that girls being antagonistic to each other never happens (I was bullied by a bunch of girls, so yeah it happens), but not as much as books lead you to believe and with not as many girls as books tell you. Believe it or not, GIRLS ARE FRIENDS WITH EACH OTHER. 90% of my best friends are girls because girls are awesome and we know that and we appreciate that in each other. So show that in books!
#2: Late Cover Changes
My feelings on cover changes depend on what the before and after covers look like a lot of the time, some have been really great and others have been really bad but nothing annoys me more than when publishers change the covers before the last book of a series comes out or in the middle of the series. Don’t lie to us, you don’t really think these new covers are better, you just want to get more money out of us because you know readers like covers to match. I think it’s a really gross marketing ploy and I’d rather have the original covers in one format and then you can re-release like the paperbacks in the new covers. THAT WOULD BE SO MUCH BETTER FOR EVERYONE.
#1: People on Covers
This one has a lot to do with the one above. If any of you have seen my BTT posts, then you know that I complain a lot about models on covers. And my problem isn’t actually that they used a model, I don’t there’s anything wrong with using real people instead of illustrations or digital art although those are also really cool. My problem is when publishers pick models that look NOTHING LIKE THE ACTUAL CHARACTER. Not only is it insulting to the author in my opinion but it’s also really misleading for readers because they expect something from the cover that is not actually going to happen. I just hate it, a lot.
So that’s it for this post! Thanks to Fadwa who helped me figure out my third trend I’m tired of, you’re the best ever! Let me know what are some kinds of trends in books that you’re tired of seeing, because I’d love to see what things are considered trends. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!