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Today’s question of the day is:

  1. What is a major deterrent when reading a novel? (i.e. Annoying dialogue, too much dog blood (angst), not enough romance, etc.)

Addis’answer: I hate if there is not a balance between dog blood and romance. I was reading this one omegaverse novel where the omega ended up pregnant and forced the alpha into marrying him. Then because of something the omega overheard and didn’t get clarified, after the baby was born, he ran away. And the alpha was like, oh, I actually love him etc. Then he didn’t find the omega for TWO YEARS. They finally got back together but at that point I stopped and skipped to the end, reading the last chapter because I couldn’t do it any longer.

I also hate when the ml and MC just “suddenly” love each other. Like, the only thing they did was spend the last 30 chapters together and nothing else, but now they be like, I love you!

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January 25, 2022 6:40 am

I’m not a huge fan of over the top angst…like the type where you just want to shake them and say “why are you like this???!!!”

January 25, 2022 6:43 am

I love a great plot. If it’s just sex, I’d rather read something else. Some of the best stores have little to no sex or it’s only detailed for a few scenes or it’s skipped over, but letting the reader know it happened. Lol

January 25, 2022 7:06 am

Good plot is a plus, wanting to know what happens next.

January 25, 2022 7:33 am

I dislike it when the story gets a last minute plot of main couple suddenly love each other or a new conflict.

January 25, 2022 7:40 am

A poorly written story where the author can’t even seem to be bothered to keep up with their own story and character names. It makes for a confusing read and just ruins the flow.
I don’t like OTT sex and smut that serves no other purpose, as it’s just word porn; there has to be a decent story too ~ then I’m all for NSFW stuff.
A plot that doesn’t really seem to go anywhere, or be telling any kind of story. I stick with things though and then feel disappointed!

January 25, 2022 8:30 am

When the characters are to childish, read one that even others commented that it was a very pedo feel to the whole novel. Had to stop reading. When authors don’t pay attention to time. Going to drive across the city and run threw the airport to catch a flight but only in 5 minutes. Or the author doesn’t flow from one chapter to another. Let’s go from plant A to B but forget to mention how and leave me guessing. Or bringing a character in for several chapters and then poof they disappear.

January 25, 2022 8:36 am

Rape being used as a road to love is a big no for me. So is physical abuse if it’s romanticized.

One of the characters being immensely possessive is another thing I don’t like. It usually leads to one character, the bottom/should LBR, being controlled in every aspect. How they do their jobs, who they talk to and can be friends with. And worse, sex is often forced upon them in those situations, always at the behest of the top. It’s so prevalent too!

January 25, 2022 11:06 am

Too much angst and along with that, one of the characters being a doormat. So incredibly frustrating. I’m also not too fond of the hyper possessive trope.

January 25, 2022 12:17 pm

Romanticized abuse! If I like the one who isn’t being abused enough, I’ll continue reading for that character. Every time I do this I end up hoping the abuse will improve. Rarely happens lol

January 25, 2022 1:38 pm

Dubcon. I despise the line “your mouth says no but your body says yes”. Give me consensual and conscient smut or sex scenes

January 25, 2022 2:44 pm

Not a fan of over the top detail, it’s one thing when you have a good bit of detail but another when you spend three pages just on the room/area of any kind and not really progressed the storyline any 😒

January 25, 2022 3:11 pm

I just want a good flow when reading. What I really dislike is the author repeatedly mentioning a certain action or a certain part of the past in order to justify what a certain character has said or done. Like, I get it, the character is one giant tsundere or a yandere or simply has a dog mouth but a has a cute cuddly teddy bear heart.

January 25, 2022 4:01 pm

I hate drama and angst. I was born to be happy with fluff, when something starts getting complicated, I know I have to stop reading or I will suffer

January 25, 2022 4:36 pm

Endless fighting in the cultivation world novels gets so boring, especially if there is no plot point to the fighting. I have stopped reading some novels that seemed to be 80 percent talking about fights and only 20 percent talking about plot.

January 25, 2022 5:13 pm

Second hand embarrasment, misunderstandings, and love triangles

January 25, 2022 6:01 pm

Good story & happy ending.

January 25, 2022 6:53 pm

I can’t for angst and misunderstadings. I tend to steer away when I see those tags~ Passive protagonist are also a no, like the whole world is wronging him, and he is powerless to fight back

January 25, 2022 8:36 pm

I’m so picky when it comes to reading but here’s the general gist:
– useless top/bot (have to get someone to do stuff for him, does nothing for the story development)
– romance does not add to the plot (so it’s sorta like a subplot and you can basically read the story without any mind to the romance)
– repetitive plot (like some stories where the couple gets jealous, fight, go back together, rinse and repeat ಠ_ಠ)

January 25, 2022 9:21 pm

I don’t like it when the one I pictured as the bottom ends up being a top in bed. Example is The Defective. I just ended up skipping over the bed scenes and reading the rest cause the story is really good. Otherwise, I would totally abandon it. 😅

January 25, 2022 10:16 pm

Top three pet peeves:
1. Abusive MLs that end up with the MC anyways
2. Protagonists where they’re not any better than the antagonist, just have plot armor.
3. Disrespect of food culture. Any advanced society, from medieval fantasy to interstellar, is going to have an advanced food culture. It does not need to be saved by the power of soy sauce. Looking at you “Plant tamer”. How do the herbivores eat if there’s no edible plants or they’re super expensive? It’s lazy writing and I hate it.

January 25, 2022 10:36 pm

Annoying dialogue and not enough romance 😊

January 26, 2022 2:29 am

I hate when the romance happens a little too fast, like, suddenly they are madly in love.
In fact i prefer a little bit if drama between then. But also i hate when they take too long to stand together and the romance is not that well explored.
Also like i mentioned i love drama, but sometimes the drama part seems force in a way to justify something about some character.

January 26, 2022 6:33 am

A story that has no plot, no soul, the middle and the end become a mess or those that are so detailed that it gets lost in the details and gets tiring.

January 26, 2022 8:00 am

Hate when there is no balance at all in the story. Too much angs or too much dog blood is a BIG NO. I want fluff and pampering, and a happy ending. NO BAD ENDINGS. Sudden love without rime or reason, abussive protagonist, rape as a road to romance, are great deterrents. I can acept some silly world premises, specially for interstellar novels, but the main story has to be good.

January 26, 2022 8:15 am

Overuse of miscommunication as a plot device. If this 300 chapters of drama could be solved at any time by any person actually speaking a single plain sentence out loud, I’mma get frustrated with them. Once or twice, sure. It happens. But if the whole premise stems from repeated misunderstandings, it just started to feel toxic.

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