BOOK DEAL BREAKERS
We’ve all had it happen: nose deep in a wonderful story (or series) we can’t get enough of, and then the author did THAT, making us want to throw our book (or Kindle) across the room.
There’s no forgiving the author’s choice. It’s time to pull the plug.
So don’t even ask. Without further ado, here is a list of MacHalo deal breakers:
1) Killing off the main character.
This is almost assuredly a deal breaker. It’s one thing to justifiably kill off a supporting character, but no, you don’t touch the hero or heroine. All that emotional investment and then we get that garbage?! You aren’t George R. R. Martin, so just don’t.
2) Really long books. Almost inevitably, these massive tomes will have filler and unnecessary padding. We don’t need ten pages describing a forest or someone’s outfit. If the world-building and plot justifies it, we are right as rain. If not, we’re breaking up.
3) The Big Misunderstanding. This is when the main character keeps important details from another character, they don’t communicate, so the reader is forced to endure a couple hundred pages of manufactured drama and angst. Where are the pitchforks?!
4) Multiple POVs. It’s one thing to have a few going on, but when you start to feel more like you’re putting together a list of chores instead of just remembering character names, it’s time to say adios.
5) Magical mastery without sacrifice or training. This might also fall into the Special Snowflake category. That character who just instantly knows how to work spells or their abilities and surpasses everyone else seemingly overnight. To you, we say:
5) Love Triangles. Please, just don’t. There are plenty of big-name authors who do it, but that doesn’t make it right. Just PICK someone. One person, unless the lead is polyamorous or something (and THAT’S a whole other topic we’re not touching with a ten foot pole).
6) Pointless Abuse Backstory. Many authors use this trope to justify a character’s interest in BDSM or in establishing an instalove romance. The main character may be fearful or unapproachable, and why? It’s almost always due to an abusive ex-boyfriend or husband. Authors, can’t you find more ways to flesh out the protagonist?
7) The Amnesia Trope. This almost speaks for itself, but is a convenient and easy way for authors to flesh a romance out or to introduce that super special character whose origin story will be unfolded about two hundred pages (or even a couple books) later. There better be some spectacular writing involved to make this one work.
(The above deal breaker requires a very special disclaimer: dislike of the amnesia trope does NOT include Eric Northman, whose forgetfulness provided some of the best scenes in romantic literature history!)
That’s it for now. Leave your comments and let us know what your book deal breakers are!