As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.
- Alienating the audience – This goes for any form of political/social book and for either side. Any book that begins with the other side is “evil,” “destroying America,” “part of a satanic cult.” It doesn’t have to be something that negative either, but something small that paints the other side or sides of the argument as stupid, I’m automatically out.
- Slow Pacing – Of course, I’m not expecting an action scene every page! There needs to be a reason why I keep turning the page though.
- Overtly Religious – I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I cannot stand the Chronicles of Narnia. I get it Lewis it’s an allegory for Christians, but you don’t have to shove it down my throat on every page.
- Stereotypes – Yes, there are some stereotypes that are fun and harmless and well, true. Like how the British love their tea. But harmful stereotypes of the LGBTQ+, BIPOC, or other minority groups is where I draw the line.
- Convoluted story or world building – For fantasy books, the reader is supposed to be dropped in the middle and is figuring it out (sometimes with the main character). However, if I’m almost done and still confused, there’s a problem
Honorable mention: the whole token LGBTQ+ character in a group of friends. I mention this earlier this week, but if you’re a member of the alphabet mafia you know as well as I do that we travel in packs!
Happy Reading Darlings!