Top 5 Tiring Book Trends

08 Feb

Top 5 Wednesday

It’s Wednesday!

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I’m never going to get tired of that camel.

This week’s topics are trends I’m tired of seeing in books. Not talking just tropes, but also like trends focused around books, if that makes sense. Anyways, if you’d like to join T5W, here is the link to do so.

5. “The ______’s Daughter”, “The Girl with/on ______”, “The ______’s Wife”

This title trend, man. It’s everywhere, I’m sure you’ve seen it. I’m not knocking any of the books who have these kinds of names, just the names themselves. They’re. Everywhere. I think my first and third examples particularly are troubling. Obviously, the book is about the girl, but the girl isn’t being described as herself, they’re being described as ‘important because they’re related to this other person’. The second I think is just plain overused. 😛 Haw.

4. Releasing paperbacks months after the hardbacks

I am a paperback person. I love paperbacks. I’ll read hardbacks, but paperbacks are my babies. In the US at least, a book is released and it’s only available in hardback for months, sometimes a year before the paperback is released. Kind of hard to keep up with a series that way as I’m one of those ‘must buy all books in same edition’ people. So I can end up doing two things. 1. Bite the bullet and buy them in hardback, which is expensive. 2 Buy them in paperback, choosing to either wait a year to read them or borrow the hardback from the library and then later buying when the paperback is released. Both methods, they mess with my feng shui. Seriously. They’re my paperbacks and I want them now! D:

3. False stand-alone advertisement

This isn’t a huge epidemic or anything I suppose, but I’ve run into it two or three times now. A new book, advertised as a stand-alone is released! Great! I buy it, I read it! But guess what! Cliffhanger at the end! Not a stand-alone, nope nope. I’m invested in a new series now, dammit. I was not ready for this baggage, I was not ready for this responsibility. I didn’t sign up for this! But I need to finish it because I like it, dammit.


2. Cover changes

I don’t really need to explain this one, do I?

1. “I’m not like other girls” girl

This one actually has been getting a lot better recently. I’ve seen a huge decline in this trope in books. I feel like there’s been enough reader push-back against it that authors have started actually listening. A lot of us scream for strong female friendships, for women with more than one dimension to them, for characters that defy gender norms without putting those down who choose not to. I love it!

But let me tell you what son, every so often this trope slips into a book and when I come across it, I crack. It needs to go away.


Posted by on 02/08/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday


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15 responses to “Top 5 Tiring Book Trends

  1. hopewellslibraryoflife

    02/08/2017 at 12:26 pm

    1, 2, 5 A-freakin’-men. The Girl thing is resonating everywhere this week! Yeah! We are women, not girls.

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  2. Cate T.

    02/08/2017 at 12:55 pm

    Wow, our lists are like twins. (I haven’t put mine up yet but I wrote them down.)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Emma The Book Lover

    02/08/2017 at 4:53 pm

    AHHHHH, I agree with almost all of these, and they drive me crazy. I do love hardcovers more than paperbacks though 😀

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    • embuhlee

      02/08/2017 at 5:18 pm

      Hahaha, to each their own! xD I don’t dislike hardbacks by any means, but I think paperbacks are easier for me to hold.

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      • Emma The Book Lover

        02/08/2017 at 10:34 pm

        Yeah definitely !!! I still enjoy paperbacks too though 😀

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  4. theorangutanlibrarian

    02/08/2017 at 5:14 pm

    Oh gosh agree so much with this list- especially the false standalone thing (I *hate* that, even if it’s not that common) and the “I’m not like other girls” thing! great post!

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    • embuhlee

      02/08/2017 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you much!! 😀 I think the first time I came across that was when reading ‘An Ember in the Ashes’. If you remember, it was definitely advertised as a standalone. But noooo, now I’m all ‘invested’ in the ‘plotline’ and need books ‘two’ and ‘three’. Roar.

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      • theorangutanlibrarian

        02/09/2017 at 9:07 am

        You’re welcome!! Ahh that must have been so annoying!!! I’ve been there!!! So frustrating!

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  5. Zezee

    02/08/2017 at 7:21 pm

    Agreed with them all!! I thought I was alone in thinking that about those titles. I was like, why is everyone’s wife being written about? What the hell is going on?
    And those false stand-alones are annoying.

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  6. Nicola Alter

    02/10/2017 at 4:20 am

    Love these!! You know, a couple of years ago I wrote a post listing common clichés/trends in fantasy titles and collected quite a few of those ‘Daughter of’ ones for what I dubbed the “Relatives of Important People or Things” type of title, and since then that type doesn’t seem to have become any less popular. I did manage to find a few non-female ones though ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ ‘Seventh Son’ ‘The Red-headed Stepchild’. I remember finding it weird that they were being defined by their relationship to other people. I didn’t include the ‘Girl with/on/of’ one though, but you’re so right – also overused.

    I’m 100% with you on the false stand alone ads – really annoys me when I am expecting a proper resolution and don’t get one. Also the “I’m not like the other girls” trope makes me roll my eyes every time!

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