It's time again for The Broke and The Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday! This week's theme is Top Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit or Have Quit (aka ten book series I think I'm going to abandon, ten bookish habits I want to quit, ten authors I quit reading, ten types of books I'm quitting, ten tropes I want to stop reading about, ten books I marked as DNF (did not finish) recently, etc. Get as creative as you want).
I picked Ten Tropes I Want to Stop Reading About. This isn't to say I won't or don't read these themes, but I'm getting damn sick of them!
10. The Virgin/Sexually Repressed Girl and The Manwhore
This has got to be the most common theme in the new adult genre, and it drives me up the wall. How, how in the hell do these women find it attractive that their man has stuck his dick into everything that's walked by him in a short skirt? No. Just...no. I'm way, way too possessive for that. Besides, it shows low self esteem IMO.
Don't even get me started on how they immediately start going at it before either's been tested for STDs......
9. No Family, or A Really Crappy Family
I'd love to read more books where the characters have a decent family support system! The whole awful family or just no family at all has gone from tragic to predictable. Wow, that makes me sound seriously heartless. I'm not, I swear! ;)
8. The Billionaire Dominant
I love a good D/s story. I really, truly do. I find it utterly fascinating, not to mention sexy, but I'd like to see something besides that in the erotica genre.
This is the prevalent theme in young adult, especially paranormal. It quickly cuts the intensity and depth of a relationship for me. Give me a friends to lovers romance instead! <3
6. Love Triangle!
Stop it stop it stop it stop it stop it! I can count on one hand the number of times I've actually enjoyed a love triangle. They're way too common.
5. The Cookie-Cutter Love Interest
Tall, dark, handsome, devoted, sexual prowess of a gifted gigolo with eyes only for one woman, protective, perfect in every way..... It gets old. Don't get me wrong, I want a gorgeous, sexy man to lust after, but give him some personality!
4. I Meet You, And My Problems Are All Gone
This isn't quite as common as the others, but it's still noteworthy: they meet, and whatever problems or vices (anxiety, addiction, serious family issues) are just poof, gone in a flash. No working through it, no struggle, nothing.
I love an epic love story, and I'm a sucker for romance. However, the codependency theme among authors (contemporary, and NA especially) is getting a bit tired. Codependency does not equal love, and it's not sexy. I'm not saying that the codependent relationships don't have love, but they make me cringe. Sometimes it's a fine line to walk, but come on, authors!
Codependent love: Eva and Gideon from Bared to You by Sylvia Day (admittedly love this series)
Have to do everything together, can't focus or function alone, have no outside interests and few friends.
Not codependent love: Cat and Bones from The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost (adore them!)
Can do things about, can function alone, and have many outside friends and interests.
2. Series Focusing On Different Couples
I love series that have interconnected couples and can be read as a standalone, but ones where you have to read in order to get the gist and it's not the same couple? Drives me bonkers!
1. Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Covers
Okay, so this isn't a writing theme, but nearly every PNR and UF cover is atrocious! Let me show you:
- The Bibliophile Babe