Tell Me Something Tuesday was hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings, but she has (temporarily?) stopped blogging. So a group of us that had been doing posts (Linda from Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell, Karen from For What It’s Worth, Roberta from Offbeat YA, Jen from That’s What I’m Talking About and me) decided to get together, come up with some more topics and keep the meme going.Michelle made us a logo and we’re off and running. For more details, check out this post where I reintroduced the meme.
I can be sporadic, but when I do join in I will always share next week’s topic at the end of the post. So, today is about…
What are book no-nos that make you figuratively want to toss a book across the room?
Hmmm so I’ve been gone for weeks and I come back on a topic that I’m not sure I have an answer to! I guess I really do a prety good job of staying away from the books I won’t like (does that mean I’m not an adventurous reader?) so I don’t have this happen but rarely. But things that reallly bother me:
- Killing pets. People die in my books all the time and I’m okay with it. But kill a pet and I’m destroyed and the circumstances have to be exactly right for it to not be a deal breaker on the book for me.
- Getting Teachers Wrong. Because I was a teacher for 6 years, I’m pretty protective of that profession. It’s so undervalued in our society, but in our books it doesn’t have to be! I think people THINK they know what teachers do without the same research they might put into other professions. I mean we all went to school, so we all saw teachers… surely we know, right? WRONG! Teachers do so much that no one ever sees. I read one book once that depicted Kindergarten (what I taught) as basically play time all day. Guess what I rated it? 2 stars. I couldn’t get past such blatant inaccuracy.
- Glaring Historical Innaccuracy. Again, this is probably because of my background (Master’s in History– Medieval & Early Modern specifcially). I don’t expect books to be historical textbooks. And obviously they are already playing with things because we have way too many Dukes, Earls, etc. But when MASSIVE innaccuracies occur, I really struggle. I can’t seem to think of an example right now, but believe me you don’t have to be a history major to see it.
- A certain kind of humor – I don’t know what to call it. Ridiculousness? I love to laugh and some books crack me up (Max Monroe, Molly Harper, I’m looking at you!). But some books — mostly of the steam punk variety I’ve noticed — do humor in a way that makes me roll my eyes, not laugh. Different strokes for different folks, I know. So I’m glad those books are out there for people who it gives a good laugh. For me, it feels like a waste.
- EDIT TO ADD! Cheating! I just read someone’s post and it made me remember that I hate cheating in my books. Outlander is the only exception because the circumstances are so extraordinary I’m not really sure it even qualifies as cheating.
So yeah, I don’t know if that really nailed book no-nos but they are things that bug me in books!