Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is ten things that scare me in books.
Halloween has always been a non-holiday for me, so I went in a little different of a direction with my list this week!
- Everyone must always have a love interest – Can’t we be content with being alone and loving ourselves? Co-dependency is ghastly.
- Insta-love – It is terrifying to think that a girl genuinely believes that she fell in love with a guy the instant she saw him. Get your head on straight, woman!
- Possessive guys – Women are not your property. We are not to be controlled, obsessed over, abused, fought over, etc. You don’t come across as super-macho, just psychopathic and downright petrifying.
- Communication breakdowns – This is so nightmarish! Just use your words!
- Perfect characters with no confidence – You can’t see that you’re a gorgeous, smart, hilarious, sweet, genuine individual? Scary.
- Every character is extraordinary – It’s horrifying that authors don’t write stories about normal people. Normal people that are less than beautiful/dumb/etc.
- Female characters that cannot develop/maintain friendships with other females – It’s really not that hard. I’m scared for you, girl.
- Absentee parents – It’s downright frightful that 90% of parents are not involved in their child’s life because they’re deadbeats/blissfully ignorant/dead.
- Few stories about males – It’s terrifying that authors are forgetting about 50% of the population!
- The fate of the society/world is in the hands of a teenager – Really? That’s more than a little scary. Just kill me now if this is the way the world is going in real life!
But in all seriousness, the fact that authors just keep reusing the same tropes is the scariest thing. Are there no more original ideas?!
Do any of these book elements scare you? Feel free to add your own!