March 20, 2013

What Do You Think #12: What Idea's 15 Minutes Are Up?


Today's Question:

What do you think is a subgenre or character trait or plot point or setting whose 15 minutes are up (or way past up)?


My Thoughts: 

I actually find this question pretty difficult but I want to know all of your answers!

It's a character flaw whose 15 minutes I think are up.  The female character who has no backbone.  OVER IT.  Actually, I never liked it, but I AM tired of discovering myself time and again throwing down a book because the female is whiny and emotionally stunted and relies on a man to make her feel like somebody.

Take Bella Swan in Twilight.  Or Sienna in Devoured by Emily Snow.  Or Luce in Fallen by Lauren Kate.  

I am ready for more empowered women.  


What about you?   What idea do YOU think has worn out its 15 minutes?

14 comments:

  1. I hate instant love. That moment when the girl looks across the room and see this hot guy watching her and she instantly falls in love. She has to know who he is. Then, three chapters late, they're proclaiming their love for each other. Really? I've made awkward eye contact with hot guys before and none of them have ever proclaimed their love for me. Haha

    Also, I'm over vampires. I'm okay with some werewolves stories depending on how it is written. I like Quinn Loftis' series, but that's about it.

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    1. Yea, instant love is bull. Instant attraction? Sure. But not oh I love you forever after a week.

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  2. Very tired of the girl with no backbone-I want a decisive character who follows her heart even as she makes mistakes along the way.

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  3. Totally agree with you. I love reading books with strong female characters who aren't afraid to show their soft side, but don't allow others to run all over them.

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  4. I'm so with you on that one! Bella makes me embarrassed to be female and is a pretty shody role model considering how many impressionable girls read those sort of books. Love at first sight and those intense relationships also drive me nuts. I just want to shake them and shout 'how could you possibly love someone you don't even know'. Yeh...that annoys me.

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    1. Exactly! Young girls think this is how they should act in order to get a guy and it makes me mad! Any guy who needs you to follow him around and completely change to be with him is not a guy you should go after!

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  5. Females in fiction these days kind of concern me, honestly. Even the ones who are "tough" don't seem to want anything for their themselves, you know what I mean? Kind of shocking when I compare it to some of the books I have from when I was a teen and the women really were assertive and goal-oriented!

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    1. I know! I want to read about females who have their own lives, their own goals, their own hobbies for god's sake. Anything that is their own.

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  6. My over list is pretty long: Vampires, zombies, werewolves, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, and about a million other things.

    I don't like graphic sex scenes which seem to be everywhere now. I don't like whiny characters, male or female. And I hate bookcovers of women from the back, so annoying.

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    1. I love book covers with women from the back! lol Have to agree to disagree on that one. I don't know why they just seem intriguing. Though it would be nice to see something different.

      I will read urban fantasy, but I wish the whole vampires v. werewolf thing could just die. We all get they are enemies in myth, but can't we have a story of one without the other?

      I am over zombies, too.

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  7. I can't think of anything specific myself, but I do have to agree with your's! What horrible role models for my daughter!

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    1. I agree! Don't let her read that garbage! :)

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