15 Day Book Blogging Challenge: Day 14

You guys, April from Good Books and Good Wine came up with the best Blogging Challenge!  And I’m totally participating because it is the best idea ever!  Anyway, she came up with 15 challenges (one a day).  You should totally participate, too!  Here’s the cool graphic and challenges April put together.


It’s Day 14 and today I get to tell you my dealbreakers.

So when it comes to books, I try to keep an open mind.  But there is, for sure, a major dealbreaker for me on whether or not I will like the book.  And that is LIKEABLE CHARACTERS.  If I don’t like the main character, there is no way I’ll like the book.  I know John Green is all,


And I understand where he’s coming from.  I do.  But here’s my problem with what he is saying.  It feels like he’s saying that how I read (that I need to like the main character) is the wrong way to read.  And who the heck has the right to say that?

I understand that many, many people agree with John Green.  And that’s great.  But a lot of people feel the same way I do, and that’s perfectly fine, too.  We shouldn’t be made to feel like how we read is wrong.

I am a Nerdfighter all the way, and a huge John and Hank Green fan.  But I disagree with John a hundred percent with this.

So that is the main dealbreaker for me with books.  Of course, this is something I won’t discover until I am already into the book, but nothing affects the way I feel about a book than the characters.  But I do have a few other things that make me hesitant to read a book, but they aren’t really dealbreakers.  Like I said, I try to keep an open mind.

1.  Dystopian – You guys, I cannot handle dystopian books.  They freak me out sooooo much.  I haven’t even read The Hunger Games, despite many numerous attempts on my part.

2.  Science Fiction – Again, they freak me the heck out.  Although, I did read Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, and they are some of my favorite books ever.  But they are more the exception to the rule.

3.  Love Triangles.  Ugh!  They just piss me off, and it usually leads to me disliking the main character which leads to my number one dealbreaker.

So, what are you dealbreakers?  Do you need to like the main character to like the book? Any genres you avoid?

10 Responses to “15 Day Book Blogging Challenge: Day 14”

  1. Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

    I guess I’m somewhere between you and John Green on the question of likability. There are a lot of characters I would probably never want to be friends with, but I need to be able to relate to them in some way.

    And I love dystopian and sci-fi. 🙂 Love triangles are a big “it depends” for me. I like them when both potential love interests seem like viable options (as in the Unearthly series), but I hate it when an obvious non-entity is shoved down our throats (looking at you, Bella and Jacob.)

  2. sarakassidy

    I think I’d disagree a bit with John Green too when it comes to *my* own reading. I feel like I have to at least like the main character, even if it’s only by a little.

    Personally I’m not too put off by genres like science fiction and dystopian if there’s at least some romance in it. Oh, and it has to be YA–most of my adult books feature no such themes. Sci-fi-ish books like Cinder such, I don’t mind. When it comes to dystopians, for some reason I’m a bit more picky. I don’t mind them, really, but nothing TOO hardcore.

  3. Alison

    Awww that makes me so sad that dystopias and science fiction are some of your deal breakers. I can totally understand though because I know how intimidating they can be. It’s still a little weird that I like them because they don’t seem like *me* at all.

  4. sureasmel

    I think with characters there’s a fine line between being likable and being a little too perfect. Real people have flaws and fictional characters should too, or I feel like I’m reading about a Disney Princess, which is a bit of a dealbreaker for me. I suppose it’s that the character has to be likable in spite of his/her flaws. But to each his own, this is just my thought.

    • Quinn

      I’m not saying that the main character shouldn’t have flaws. They should, to be well-developed, and of course I want well-developed characters in a book. But just because a main character has flaws doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like them. My best friends have flaws, my mother, and father have flaws. But I love them and care about them. And I certainly have flaws and hope people love and care about me, even though I’m full of flaws.

      What I mean about likeable characters is that when a main character is just not someone I like – which is a very personal thing. There is a book that many people love, In Honor, but the main character did something that pissed me off so much, and is not something that I think is okay. This thing she did she never really felt bad about. And it wasn’t the action, it was the inaction. How she let someone else get arrested in her spot. If she had gone down the the police station and confessed that she committed the crime, then I would have liked her. But she didn’t, and she made me so mad. So I ended up not liking that book. It’s just a personal preference on my part. That’s what I mean about needing to like the main character. I’m not saying that the character needs to be perfect, because that would be boring, wouldn’t it?

  5. picturemereading

    I think a writer should write what they want but I don’t think they should expect readers to find their character fascinating just because they do..you can make a bad/edgy/grey area character who is still intensely likable..if a character has nothing to like about them I think it’s just not good writing! A good author can take an unlikable character and one moment make you hate them..the next make you love them and then hate them all over again. This is of course IMHO!

  6. Candice

    I don’t so much think I have a deal breaker in that there is some aspect about a book that will make me not read it… But I do think I have some things that make me hesitant going into a book. As for liking characters, I think I agree with you 50% and with John Green 50%. I want to like a character and find that I enjoy books more when I do like the character. However, there have been a handful of characters that I’ve literally hated and that’s made me enjoy the book. It’s books where I don’t really feel anything for the characters that are deal breakers – I have to feel SOMETHING for them, good or bad!

  7. Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages

    I am definitely in the likeable characters side of the debate, but I will say there have been a handful of characters that I don’t really like or can’t imagine myself being friends with, but I connect with them or I’m fascinated by them. The only one I can think of right now is the main character from Terra Elan McVoy’s Criminal. But it’s kind of like how I feel about Don Draper in Mad Men, if you watch that.

    • Quinn

      Haha. I don’t really like Mad Men because I don’t really like any of the characters. What I meant about my post is that if I don’t like the main characters, and that leads to me not liking the book, that should be okay. It’s okay for me to want likeable characters in a book. I’m not reading wrong. But certainly only people will like books with characters they don’t particular like, which is, of course, totally awesome.

  8. Nyx (@UnravelingNyx)

    I’m with the liking the characters side. To me, characters make or break a book, and I just don’t mean in the *me* liking them kind of way. There have been books where I don’t like the main character but I like a secondary one a lot, so I’ll keep reading, but usually if I don’t like them, it’s really hard for me to end up actually liking the book. In this case the plot would have to compensate for a lot.

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