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How Much Do Personal Beliefs Affect Your Ability To Like A Book?
For some people cheating in books is a deal breaker. If the main character cheats on his/her significant other, that reader is not going to like the book. Other people can't deal with swearing, drinking and drugs, or religion in books. Sometimes I find myself being one of these people. Like I'm reading a book, and it's written really well, all the characters are completely developed, and the dialogue is cute and/or funny... but still something about one of the characters makes me go all judgmental and I can't get myself to like the book after that.
First of all, I don't think it happens to me that often because I tend to stay away from books on topics that I feel would not allow me to like the book. But sometimes something will slip by me and I won't know that the book is going to have that thing in it until I'm already invested.
I think this would be best served with some examples:
So I was reading Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller and I was really liking it. The writing was great, the town that it was set in was adorable... and it's about this really cool Greek family. BUT- then the main character, Callie, was this super promiscuous girl who was having sex with any guy that talked to her. And it bugged me. Which I personally feel is weird because I also dislike it when all the girls in books have to be virgins or learn some sort of crazy bad lesson for having sex. But this Callie girl just kept making all the same mistakes... and what did she get out of it?? A boyfriend who happened to be the hottest guy in the town. I didn't want her to get pregnant or an STD or anything like that, but I wanted her to consciously realize that you don't get a boyfriend by sleeping around. And that never happened. In fact it was the opposite. By sleeping around, she got a great boyfriend. And that felt unrealistic to me. And I guess on a personal level it pissed me off.
The DUFF was another book like that. I thought it was a really readable book. But the main character did NOT like the guy she was sleeping with. At all. In fact she constantly talked about how this guy was disgusting to her. But yet she continued to use him for sex (because it made her feel better about her family issues), until he falls in love with her. BLAH!!!
I didn't think I was like this but apparently I judge girls in books who have sex with guys and expect them to fall in love with them.
Another issue I had was with a book called Like Moonlight At Low Tide. It was a book I really ended up liking. It's emotional and I definitely shed tears while reading it. But there was a part of the book where I had personal issues. The main character and her next door neighbor have this weird relationship where he's always looking out for her. Which at first is really nice, but when it turns romantic he starts trying to push his religion on her. It gets to the point where I felt like he wanted her to completely change to fit in with his religious ideals or she wouldn't be good enough for him. Now I get that religion is important to some people. And if their significant other doesn't believe what they believe it could be a deal breaker for them. But if that is the case, date someone in your youth group or whatever. Don't date someone who is not sure what she believes and then give her an ultimatum. I didn't like that part of it at all.
So those were examples of how a personal thing with me can get in the way of me liking a book. Do you ever feel like this happens with you?? I don't want to be judgmental, but sometimes I can't help myself. What kinds of things turn you off while reading?