It’s Wednesday! This means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday, a weekly meme created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey and now hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out and join the Goodreads group here.
Hello everybody! Today’s topic for T5W is books trends that I’m tired of seeing. This can be anything from the design of a book cover to a common trope that I don’t enjoy all that much, but see all the time. This post is a bit opposite from the month’s theme (love) but it’s nice to let loose and talk about things you don’t like every once in a while. Not everything can be rainbows and butterflies. Now, let’s get onto the list!
5. The girl and the boy
We all know this one. Whether it’s a romance book or not, there seems to always be a girl and a boy on the cover of the book, looking in strange directions for no particular reason (aside from looking stupid). I’m happy that I don’t own any covers like this, but I have seen a great deal of them over time. Here are some of the worst ones from popular books:
I… I don’t even know who thought these covers were attractive at all. Like, really. I already don’t like people on the cover of my books, but this is just… bad. I’m sorry, but I think we can all agree that these are bad covers. What are they even doing on the Onyx cover? That looks like a screenshot from a High School Musical movie.
4. Cover changes in the middle of the series
These are possibly the worst of the worst. And I think most of y’all – if not all of y’all – will agree with me on this one. You are so excited for the last book in your favorite trilogy to come out and you pre-order your copy and everything… until you receive the book and realize the cover is completely different than the covers of the rest of the series. You see, I don’t mind cover changes, but it really bugs me when publishers decide to do it in the middle of the freaking series! It’s not necessary at all! At least make the colors match and the spines line up. It can’t truly be that hard. Here’s an example:
Just… why? I’m just relieved that I never actually read this series because honestly, I don’t like any of these covers. We book readers say we don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but we all secretly do, it’s true.
Insta-Love is such a big bookish pet peeve of mine, you have no idea. Reading a book about Insta-Love can immediately guarantee one star removed from the book in it’s final rating. I’m not even remotely joking, I hate it that much. I don’t think there’s any good way to write Insta-Love, but what do I know? If you know a book that could change my mind, feel free to share.
It’s just not believable. At all, because love in the real world doesn’t work like that. You don’t just look at somebody and then automatically think “Yup, I want to be with that person for the rest of my life.” I’m sorry, that just doesn’t happen. I can’t think of any books that fit this at the moment (I’ve been fortunate enough to pick books that seem to avoid using Insta-Love). But if I had to mention a few books that I think classifies as Insta-Love, I’d have to choose Divergent and Passenger.
2. Absent Parent(s)
With YA, the focus is on the protagonists, which are more often than not, a teenager. This is normal, but teenagers without parents aren’t exactly normal. Even in Harry Potter, Harry always had somebody looking after him, even though his parents had died when he was young. He had the Dursley’s (and say what you’d like about them, but they fed Harry and kept him safe), then he had Mrs. Weasley, Sirius Black, and even McGonagall seemed to act like a parental figure every once in a while. But, the problem is, in a lot of YA novels, the protagonist (who ranges between ages 15-18 usually) can drop everything and leave on an adventure for a week or two and come back home – with a pretty crap excuse might I add – and then the parents will ground them for a week before making them pancakes.
I mean, I know not everyone can have a Lorelai Gilmore, but that doesn’t mean that you have to make the guardians of your characters completely absent. Sometimes, though, parent’s do play a large role in a YA book, and that usually makes the book 50% better for me. A few books that incorporate parents perfectly are The Mortal Instruments series, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Percy Jackson series, and A Thousand Pieces of You.
1. Love Triangles or Trapazoids or Pentagrams or Octagons
You see, love triangles (or any of those other shapes I mentioned above) are so vastly annoying for me to read about, yet they appear in almost every book. Love triangles create drama and conflict, and drama and conflict are what moves a book forward, but that isn’t the only way you can move a plot forward. That’s the Fan-Fiction way of developing a plot.
I do have to admit, though, that one of my favorite book series has literal love Pentagrams every corner you turn, and I’ve noticed and addressed that problem multiple times, but I still do enjoy the series. So it’s not like a love triangle will completely ruin a book for me, as long as it’s subtle and is written well. But oftentimes, it’s not. Here are a few books with love triangles that I’ve read:
Yeah… I’m sure there are more, but that’s all I could think of at the moment. This is definitely the most over-used trope that just gets on my nerves. It can be done well, but a lot of the time, it just gets in the way of the plot (*cough* The 100 *cough*), while other times, it is included in the plot (The Selection). No matter what circumstances, though, love triangles always seem to wiggle their way into our books.
That was the book trends that I’m tired of. What are some book trends that you’re tired of seeing? Do you agree with my list? Let me know in the comments!