We all know that feeling when you’re browsing the shelves of a bookstore, just waiting for something to catch your eye. A pretty cover, a unique title…
Then you spot it. A potential addition to your overflowing bookshelves at home. You look at the summary, your eyes skimming the words that you hope will keep you interested enough to lighten your wallet…
Then you read something that makes you huff out a sigh of disappointment as you gently put the book back on the shelf and move on.
As a reader, what are your turn-offs? Are there certain cover styles that make you pass over books? Maybe the font of the title and author are hard to read? What in the summary of the books makes you put them back down?
For me, I almost certainly get turned off when the summary describes the main, usually female, character meeting or needing help on her adventure from “the mysterious new guy” or a variation of the sort. Obvious love triangles and romances cut off my interest.
Don’t get me wrong, romance is nice, but I would much prefer for it to be natural in the story, not with me already knowing that it’s coming. There’s no tension in watching the relationship unfold when the summary already shoved the idea at me. That, and I don’t recall too many male-centered adventure stories mentioning their potential love interest in the summaries.
What about you? What turns you off from reading a book?