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Q: What is a deal breaker for you in a book?

The Iron Knight (Iron Fey, #4)I actually have several deal breakers, but I will pick three:

I'm not a huge fan of love triangles if they are bad written and only there to spice up the boring storyline. Sometimes, they can work. For example: in the Iron Fey I could totally understand Meghan's confusion between Ash and Puck. *Team Puck, yeah*

One thing that makes me quit a book: unlikable characters, especially the main character. If I can't connect with the MC, I don't like the book. Bonding is so important for me.

And one of the things that is bugging me at the moment is the whole love for the terrible-bad-boys. There is nothing swoonworthy about a boy who treats his girlfriend like crap! What's wrong with the sweet relationships where boy and girl are respectful for each other? I do like it when they 'hate' each other in the beginning, because I enjoy sarcastic conversations like Throne of Glass, but there are limits.

So, what is your deal breaker?

26 comments:

  1. I cannot handle love of bad-boys in books. I won't even bother to pick up a book if I think that's whats going to happen. Definite deal breaker for me.

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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  2. I do find it INCREDIBLY hard to read a book I can't connect with the MC in.

    I don't mind the bad boys thing, I love it. Ahem...but I do think not every boy needs to be a bad boy! There should be good guys who get the girl, too!

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  3. Great points, I totally agree! Having to stick with an unlikable MC through an entire book is the worst!
    And yaaaay Team Puck!! <3

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  4. Bad editing is definitely a deal breaker. I've run across books that everyone is raving about and yet I can't get past the first chapter because the editing is so bad. Also, I'm sick of virgins. If I have to read about another virgin (that's not young adult) I'm gonna scream. Ditto in the happy endings that wrap up all neat. A little reality goes a long way with me.

    New follow via GFC.

    Julie~ New Adult Addiction

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  5. I agree on all of these! I like it when there's no insta love, but 'bad boy' doesn't mean treating your love interest like shit.
    And omg, I CAN'T read another crappy love triangle anymore! Twilight really did ruin that for me.

    Old follower :)

    Judith @ Paper Riot

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  6. I completely agree with all of those! Love triangles have been majorly annoying me of late, almost to the point where I refuse to read a book because of it. And I definitely struggle with books if I can't connect with the main character.

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  7. I can do a well played love triangle, but hate it when someone is actually 'in love' with two guys. Make sense? I can see someone just getting to know two guys and not sure about either...but that rarely seems to be the case in love triangles these days. Sigh.

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  8. I am totally Team Puck, too. I really liked him.
    I completely agree about the whole bad boy thing, which was why I didn't like Beautiful Disaster much. I don't understand the appeal for an emotionally abusive dude. I know what you mean, I like sarcasm and banter, but not flat out rudeness and being mean and flat out abusive.
    Great answer.
    Thanks for stopping by and following. old follower via GFC.
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

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  9. Yeah crappy bad boy boyfriends are just stupid. Although, I will say I like the bad boy who in reality has a soft side and that's what the heroine gets to see. To the rest of the world he's a jerky bad boy. That kind of bad boy I do not mind one bit!!

    Love triangles can be annoying too! But I like your example, that one did have a point and it was hard for Meghan to choose. I loved both of them myself, so I understood her confusion of feelings!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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  10. Hi Mel,

    Thanks for stopping by The Book Asylum. New follower via GFC! I partially agree with you on the bad boy craze. I love a bad boy, but not when they're big jerks. I'm more of a bad boy on the outside, softy on the inside kind of gal :) Love your blog!

    Happy Friday,
    Meg

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  11. OMG yes! I agree with the love triangles. They can be really well done. Like, Team Puck for example and also the Lucas vs Derek in the Shadow Falls series. I think it helps when even the author doesn't know who the girl will end up. It makes for a more interesting read.

    But the extreme love of bad boys? Yeah, no bueno. I don't get it. I get that girls like bad boys, but why are gentlemen so unattractive these days? I would much rather have Mr. Darcy, even when he was treating me like I was barely tolerable, than to have lecherous Mr. Wickam.

    Old follower

    -Ariel
    My FF

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  12. So true. Unlikable MC's are hard to take. And I'm alway so excited when I read a book with a love interest that doesn't have the angsty bad boy vibe. Thanks for stopping by my post. New Follower.

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  13. I don't mind love-triangles if they're well done, I just think they're getting overused/abused in YA fiction lately. I have loved some triangles though, I can't deny! Definitely agree with you on the unlikeable MC, I wish I'd though of adding it when I wrote my FFF Thanks for sharing,old follower.

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

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  14. You have a really good answer and agree about unlikeable characters.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)
    - Marissa (New Follower) from: http://www.fortheloveoffilmandnovels.com/

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  15. I agree the Iron Fey series did have a decent love triangle that didn't annoy me.

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  16. Our answers were very similar!
    Thanks for stopping by btw

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  17. I need to be able to connect with the MC as well. Thanks for stopping by my FF Old follower

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  18. Omg omg omg omg! You said exactly what I thought about The Iron Fey Series. It was one of the only love triangles that ever worked without me banging my head against the wall! If I was in Meghan's position, I would never be able to pick. xD Thanks for stopping by my blog. Followed back!

    Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

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  19. I agree, that connection with the main character is so, so important.

    New follow.
    Alise - My FF Post

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  20. Vivian the Spirit says: Awesome answer, Mel! I'm right with you about the MC and love triangles. To be honest, I quite enjoy love triangles, but if they're badly written...then no. Happy Friday!! <3 POOF! p.s. Sorry I haven't been around! these past 2 weeks have been hell ;__;

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  21. I can handle love triangles but unlikable characters is bad.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. I agree with you about love triangles, I'm not a huge fan. Great post! :)

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  23. Great answers - love triangles are okay for me, but if it is shoehorned in and doesn't make sense then definitely not!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm a new follower through Linky!

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  24. I didn't think of it on my post, but I hate when a love triangle isn't really a love triangle, when one point of the triangle isn't really developed. Thanks for the follow and returned the favor.

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  25. Thanks for stopping by my blog! OOh. That's true. Falling in love with bad-boys, but if the boys turns good, I may be able to accept it. :)

    Old follower~
    Cindy @ http://bookaholicfaggots.blogspot.com

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  26. Great answer! I also need a connection with the MC to enjoy the book. About the bad boys... the only kind I like is those who are at least good to their girlfriend, or their friends, or just generally have a moral compass (no matter how small it is). If not, I'll spend the whole time shouting (in my head) with the protagonist: "What the hell are you thinking?" Definitely not a good way to read.
    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog - I'm an old follower!
    Katie @ Fiction Predictions

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