Buzz Words: Words that get me excited about a story
|Underdog / Prince|
Example: Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
Princes: Yep, I'm a girl :) I do prefer forgotten princes to the egotistical kind though. The underdog prince? I'm always there ready to read that story.
Example: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Specialties or Obsessions: I love people who are so into one topic that they know everything about it. To me, it signals devotion, and devotion is something I love to see in people. I also find I end up learning something interesting from these books if those people are the main characters.
Example: Exposed by Kimberly Marcus
Kidnapped: I'll pretty much reading anything that mentions a kidnapping or abduction. I find them thrilling and want to know how the person will a) deal with their situation and b) get away. This has me wondering, did I get too many "stranger danger" lessons when I was little?
Example: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott, Dead to You by Lisa McMann
Summer: I like books that take place in those "in-between" times. I feel like anything is possible.
Example: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Stars: I like the idea of reading lengthly descriptions of planets, the stars, etc. Sometimes they are sci-fi and sometimes they are contemporary. Whatever they may be, if a summary just mentions the stars or the cover features a starry sky, I want to read it.
Example: Across the Universe by Beth Revis
|Dystopian society - scapegoat|
Dystopian societies: Anything that tells me the story is both dystopian and that the society is set up completely different then it is now. I also love when society has made something a scapegoat and banned it.
Examples: Divergent by Veronica Roth, All These Things I've Done by Gabrille Zevin, Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Death: Ghosts, funerals, cancer stories. They are sometimes fun, sometimes complete tearjerkers.
Examples: She Smells the Dead by E.J. Stevens, Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
Guardians: They take their form as angels, mentors, or that special person who comes swiftly into ones life, makes it better, and then leaves just as quickly.
Examples: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, First Days On Earth by Cecil Castellucci
Deal Breakers: I will usually not even finish reading the summary if I see these words
Fairies or fae: I actually love the idea of fairies. Unfortunately, I haven't liked any of the fairy books I've read (with the exception of Elemental Reality and Artemis Fowl). I've started to avoid them.
Trapped in a building: I like my characters to go on adventures. That's hard to do when they are trapped somewhere.
Shopping: Any story based on the characters' need to buy shoes or clothes or anything else is just not my thing. This is one of my few exceptions to the "obsessive" buzz word above.
ex-something (in adult books, they are usually ex-navy seals): I don't want to know what someone used to be, I want to know what they are now and why I should read the story based on what they are doing. If they happen to tell us all about their past and possibly use it to their advantage during the story, that's fine with me, but for some reason it turns me off when introduced in the summary.
Cannibalism: There is absolutely nothing that turns me off more than this. People eating people? No thanks! Funny how I don't mind vampires though...
Coming of age: It's not the type of story but the phrase. I can't help but think about overly metaphoric writing and flowery "prose". I don't know why that turns me off. I will still consider these stories but I almost always need to sample the writing first.
Agree? Disagree? What are some of your own buzz words and deal breakers?