Deelylah Mullin Author

Top 10 Ways to Lose Me as a Reader

· The one where I talk about what will make me DNF a book or break up with an author. ·

April 5, 2017 5 Comments

Top Ten is a monthly feature--topics change, and I'm not responsible for my lack of filter.

You’d think I’d be super lax about what I read for fun, right? Yeah. Not so much.

In today’s Top Ten, I’ll take you on a journey. Buckle your seatbelts and keep your hands and feet in the car.

Oh, and these are in no particular order.

  1. Books that don’t make me think. While I love a light, fun book as much as the next person, I think there should be a PURPOSE behind writing. 
  2. Editing that is…less than stellar. I mean, every single book has a few proofing mistakes, or maybe a teeny tiny plot thing that was overlooked…but, WOAH! I’ve had to tap out before when the sweater a dude wore was green on one page and with a page turn on my Kindle, it was magically blue…amongst other things. 
  3. Gratuitous shit. That includes sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll, folks. Okay. Maybe not the rock-n-roll. There’s always room for that. 
  4. Cookie-cutter characters. When it’s obvious an author is writing a series with the same characters in slightly different situations and with slightly different physical characteristics. 
  5. Extending a best-selling series and writing filler books. Like, “Oh, this is a trilogy!” Book three ends, there’s the first chapter of book 4. “Surprise! There are five books now!” Read book 4–filler BS and 3 hours I’ll never get back. 
  6. Lack of research. Seriously. Don’t write a musician character and not know shit about being a musician. Just…don’t. 
  7. We all know insta-love is supposedly a trope, but hey. It’s honestly a real thing because I’ve been there. BUT…don’t make it unrealistic. Seriously? I-love-yous within 24 hours? 
  8. Surprising me with one of my triggers. Okay. This isn’t really an author’s fault, and I likely won’t stop reading them just because of the one book, but it’s a shitty thing and is likely to make me stop reading that specific book.
  9. Mis-subgenre-ing. I just made that up. Definition: When an author pops their book in an incorrect subgenre and I read it based on said subgenre…and it really isn’t in that subgenre. 
  10. Misleading covers. So, I see a clinch cover and I assume it’s a romance. Maybe even download without really reading the blurb because the cover is so…romance-y. Denied. It’s about sex trafficking. Okay. Maybe I haven’t seen that specific book–I’ve tried to block out the trauma. 

Check out what irritates everyone else:

Jess  |  Bronwyn  |  Kris  |  Gwen



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    April 5, 2017

    Mis-subgenre-ing is totally a thing. And I haaaaaaaaaaaaate it. Great list!

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    Gwen Cease

    April 5, 2017

    So much yes for #5!! If the series was meant to have 3 books, leave it at 3 books, Or, even better, if it wasn’t supposed to be a series at all Just stop before you start typing.

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    Jess Jarman

    April 5, 2017

    Had a couple of the same ones 🙂 Cookie cutter characters is a huge one for me too!

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    April 5, 2017

    Lack of research drives me batty. I’m all for people branching out…but if you’re going to write about a subject you don’t know that much about… and we all do because life would be boring… put in the time and look stuff up. Ask friends, family. You don’t have to become an expert, just know that what you put on the page is correct. So yeah… research is your friend.

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    April 5, 2017

    Not all of those bug me but the following do:

    1) Killing off main characters and then bringing them back because people threw a fit. Seriously make death count or I am just going to think everyone you kill has a chance to come back.
    2) Killing off a main character for “shock” and not meaning. Make it mean something.
    3) Research (same as yours) but if you write about a location (even if it isn’t real but set in a real state) then make sure you know the nuances of that area.
    4) Series that drag
    5) Recycling old stories with new covers and titles and NOT making it obvious. It is a money grab and it is a little bit annoying (read a LOT annoying).