Saturday, March 23, 2013

Book Pet Peeves: Cliches

First, I have to admit, I originally got this idea from Katie on Katie's Book Blog, so go check it out. Anyway, I brought this post to you so I can talk about my book pet peeves. And there is one thing I absolutely hate about books.  
When you get to about page 120, serial readers can predict where the book is going. For example, when I read the Future of Us (see my review), I knew that **SPOILER!!** Emma and her best friend were going to get together. I just didn't know how. 
So I'm going to try to think of all the cliches that exist in literature. 
  1. If there is a jerky, but hot love interest in a story and a geeky but cute love interest in a story, the girl will always get with the geeky one. The point is to crap up your mind to think that she wants the bad boy, but in the end, she'll want the geeky one. Wait, did that even make sense?
  2. If in a story, a character ever has to pretend to fake date someone, they will always fall in love with them. In all books I've read with that plot, it always has happened. 
  3. The bad boy always gets all sappy for this one girl, and decides to settle down. Why she is so special, I don't know. 
  4. When characters realize their underlying love for each other, they will when it is raining or snowing, or when they're on the beach. I guess the authors like to prepare for a possible movie adaptation. 
  5. I haven't read too many "steamy" romances, but I have spent a few weeks on Wattpad, so I have had my share of crappy stories that try to make up for lack of skill with love scenes. Anyway. Whenever two lovers are taking each other's shirt off, their shirt always has buttons. I guess no one wants to sit there awkwardly while someone pulls their shirt over their head, and rather take it off themselves. Alright. Whatever.
  6. In clique type books, there is always a person trying to get inside the clique. See my Clique VS Ashley's post, and you'll see what I mean.
  7. In mysteries, its always the butler. 
I know there are other cliches, but this is all I got so far. Either way, this is the reason why I kill books. They are almost all the same. 

Look at more cliches here.


  1. "It's always the butler." Haha that cracked me up! Next time I read a mystery I'm going to take note of this.

    Awesome post!

    I quite like it when the cliché storyline's surprise you, or when it's set up to be a cliché storyline so you're so sure you know what's going to happen but then there's a mega twist and you're just like "WTF just happened?!". Those books are amazing. And sometimes are far and few in-between.

    Miss J @ Miss Book Reviews

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! And it's the novels that surprise you that are always the best. Hard to find, but well worth the search.