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Things books do that get me triggered

Hello there!

It’s a known fact that the human race gets triggered really easily and for me there is no exception especially when it comes to books. I have decided to talk about things that really trigger me. I’m sorry if you like some of the things that trigger me but know that this is my own personal opinion. Here below are the top 4 things that really trigger me when I see them in books.

  1. Love Triangles

NOT AGAIN. I’m sick of the love triangle cliche. I’ve had enough of this with Twilight and then I had to go ahead and read The Selection and The Grisha Trilogy! Even though I LOVED these books to death it’s just getting a tad bit annoying now. Look if you’re going to make a character fall in love with a character JUST MAKE THEM FALL IN LOVE WITH ONE OR DON’T MAKE THEM FALL IN LOVE AT ALL.

2. The special snowflake main character

That one main character that has a unique gift/skill that can save the world. Harry Potter is an exception but this cliche is just getting old now. Seriously I’m not kidding a girl goes from having nothing to having a billion magical powers WHO NEVER GETS KILLED IN BATTLE AND ALWAYS SAVES THE WORLD AND NEVER PUTS A FOOT WRONG.

3. Un-relatable characters

I am a believer in relatable characters that make you laugh. I’m not interested in knowing about how a character is killing obsessed or about wars and bloodshed. I would like to see characters that are not as black or white. For example, Celaena Sardothien even though she is an assassin, she still is dramatic and loves her appearance. It’s because she has a whole different side to her that makes me love her character. With these un-relatable characters that shall go unnamed they just end up being clones of other book characters because it feels as if I’ve seen them before in other books. I like to think of myself as eccentric and dramatic and well… me… it seems as if there are very few people who I can relate to in books. That or I just haven’t looked hard enough. That is the main reason I love Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda because it was the first book that I felt that I could really relate to the characters.

4.  “Robot-like” characters (Hardcore boyfriend/girlfriend)

Something that also triggers me is the “bad boy boyfriend or hardcore girlfriend”  yes they are good looking but seriously most of the time they come off like hardcore assassin people who don’t care about other people’s feelings. It just gets me triggered because NOBODY IS LIKE THAT. PEOPLE HAVE FEELINGS THEY ARE NOT ROBOTS. Which is why I call them “robot-like characters” which are characters (girl/boy) that show NO SYMPATHY, NO EMOTIONS and are basically KILLING MACHINES!! It just gets me annoyed because I’ve never met a human being who is as cold-hearted as this. I’ve met my fair share of “cold-hearted people” and I can tell you that even they are not THIS level of cold hearted!!!

Also how can these robot-like characters end up getting the sweetest girlfriends/boyfriends??? If I was that cold-hearted everyone would distance themselves away from me which is a big reason as to why I try being as bubbly as possible.

Anyway, I hope you liked my little list as I said before these are MY OWN PERSONAL OPINIONS. Comment below your own book triggers/book pet peeves!!

 

 

 

10 comments

mydaisymojo

Before you hear me ramp on you might like keep in mind that I will mention books by Tamora Pierce a lot.

Argggggg, I dont mind the love triangles but I really hate it when the main characters dont end up with the first person. Its so annoying because you just want them to be with the original person they liked and then they suddenly change their mind.

I am kind of with you for the snowflake character but I have to make the Tamora Pierce books an exception. In my favourite books by her the characters want to be knights, but girls aren't knights, so they have to work hard to become a knight. In the original series the main character has 'the gift' which is just magical powers. But this isn't a snowflake character as a large percentage of people have the gift. She never dies in battle but she does loose, would you call that an exception to never dying in battle?

I also hate characters who don't have any characteristics. Another reason why I love the Song of the Lioness series...

25th Mar, 18
mydaisymojo

and the protector of the small series, there is so much depth to them, but my favourite character is lord raoul in the protector of the small quartet.

I also hate the robot lovers and all things like that(unless they are actually robots), be human people.

25th Mar, 18
sylvs

In reply to mydaisymojo

YASS SO GLAD I'M NOT ALONE WITH MY TRIGGERS!!!!

25th Mar, 18
bookwithbane

Three and four annoy me off. Love triangles make sense to me, since real life is similar to that an it’s realistic when the character doesn’t fall in lov with the first character she/he likes. The special snowflake, well if they died permanently there would be no story, but please make a reason for them to be special.

27th Mar, 18
sylvs

EXACTLY! But in a book that I read there was a love triangle but I really hated it. Love triangles are okay but it seemed like the author was trying to sugarcoat both of the guys to be perfect.

27th Mar, 18
bookwithbane

In reply to sylvs

That’s almost impossible. Did the girl commit suicide or move or something or not end up with anyone. Because seems like those are the only outcomes

27th Mar, 18
bookwithbane

And why is it always the girl who falls in love with guy, not the other way around.

27th Mar, 18
sylvs

Exactly. I know a lot about the whole "her heart fluttered thing" but I honestly have NO IDEA about the concept of love from the guy's perspective.

27th Mar, 18
bookwithbane

In reply to sylvs

I’ve only read one book where the guy falls in love with the girl first and the girl makes the first move, but the girl commits suicide. And in another it’s the same except the guy made the first move and he commits suicide(All the Bright Places). Seriously...

27th Mar, 18
sylvs

In reply to bookwithbane

My friend's favourite book is All The Bright Places. Met the author once at a book/penguin teen showcase she was such an amazing woman!! Apparently All The Bright Places was based on a true story where the author herself found her boyfriend's body I think that this book was her way to move on. The "guy that commits suicide" wasn't a major spoiler I mean if you read the first lines of the book you'd know. But I don't think the whole killing himself thing was really necessary. if she wanted to help those people who are dealing with this daily then she should've made it so that Violet or his own family helped him. But anyways, there DEFINITELY needs to be more romance-from-guys perspective books. It's annoying because I already know how girls think. But seeing it from a guy would be really cool. That's why I think the "Writers Block" post that I posted (saying that perspectives in books) is really good to help write a book!

27th Mar, 18