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- Illogical back story. I love a good back story, something that makes sense and I can picture being an actual possibility. A great back story shows me that the author has seriously put in a lot of thought into making this story work and helps me become more involved in the story because I can imagine it being real. So when the back story doesn’t make sense or has some serious flaws, it annoys and confuses me like nothing else.
- Damsels in distress. I will slap them. GAH! I hate female characters who have to rely on a big, strong man to save them. I want to see strong and independent female characters who can save themselves!!
- Open endings. If I wanted to be able to imagine an ending for the characters myself, then I wouldn’t have read the book. I want to see these characters that I have loved and followed for so long get their happily ever after!! For example, I LOVED the HP epilogue!
- Long, drawn out love triangles. I don’t mind a good love triangle and the angst that goes along with it, but there comes a point when you just have to say enough. If the love triangle drags on for too long it makes all the characters look bad, the female looks like a bitch whose leading on two fantastic guys and the guys look like pathetic idiots who can’t get a clue.
- Insta-love. Insta-love is annoying. How can you possibly love someone you don’t know!? Instant attraction, yes. But love? No.
- Too much description. If the author is going to spend whole pages describing things, I usually have to skip right over it.
- Predictable. I want a story that has me sitting on the edge of my seat. If I’m not, then I’m probably going to get bored very quickly.
- Main characters called “Maddi”. I know this is totally irrational and weird, but I can’t read stories where the character has my name. It just weirds me out.
- Too much recapping. A little re-capping in sequels is always good but I need it to be short and to the point. I only need to be reminded of what happened in the first book, what I really want is to get on with the new stuff.
- Slow moving. I used to be a reader who had to finish any book they start, but it’s getting to a point now where my TBR is so massive that if a story can’t hold my attention in the first half of the book then I’m not going to read the second half of it. If nothing is happening by at max, 200 pages in, then I know there are better books waiting to be read!