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Top 5 Wednesday: Book trends you’re tired of

At first I had no idea what I wanted to write here.

But then the ideas started coming and there was just no stopping them. Apparently, I get frustrated by a lot of things.

Here are five.

The Never Ending Series

Is it just me or are some writers just unable to stop writing? I’m not talking about series like the Grisha Verse because those have different characters and different storylines. But sometimes, series just go on and on and on and on.

This wouldn’t even be a problem if the content continued to be great but herein lies the problem. Dear writer, you could have completed that story in two books but you had to go and write three, didn’t you?

There’s a reason I don’t read a lot of series anymore.

The Forced Romance

Why is it that the boy and the girl aaaaaaalways fall in love? Why? Am I missing something? Why can’t two people just go on an adventure together, have fun and be friends?

I heard that V E Schwab’s latest book ‘This Savage Song’ is about two people who don’t fall in love but happen to become friends. But it’s the only book like that I know of…

Instalove

In the rare occasion that it’s cute and not completely ridiculous, I happen to like Instalove. But more often than not it’s 100% unbelievable and that’s such a shame. It stinks of bad character development and rushed writing. Or maybe we should call it Instalust, which is more accurate.

The Girl in need of help

I find it fascinating (in a bad way) how often the girl is the one who needs saving. I mean.. in these times of feminism, how is it that women are still seen as weak? There are so many badass female role models alive right now. It’s about time we start writing them too!

Diversity for the sake of diversity

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to see more diversity in books. I’m also happy that diverse books are being put in the spotlight. However, what makes me want to throw a book at a wall is this. Writers who see diversity as a means to an end, that end being popularity. When you put diverse characters in your book and then do absolutely nothing with them, it’s because you do not really support diversity in the first place. It’s because you want to advertise your book as diverse and reap the benefits.

I want to see real people, wonderful people and awful people. I do not want to see a caricature.

 

And there you go.

Five thing that annoy the living hell out of me.

And now I’m going to go and have a nice relaxing cup of tea because I’m all worked up just writing this post. 🙂

Love

Ellen

3 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Book trends you’re tired of”

  1. Great list ! Totally agree with you on never ending series ! I feel this way about the Sarah J Maas YA series. I keep wanting to read them but new books after the “last one” keep getting announced lol! I also agree about diversity! There is no point if the person will just be a prop in the background.

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