“Since being a Grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it.”
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Now I could go on and on about some of these points! I decided to stay away from tropes, because I could enjoy any trope if it’s done properly. These things I’m a Grinch about are very high on my bookish pet peeves! And I’m sure other book-lovers can relate!
5/ Cover changes mid-way through a series
Maybe I just like order and organisation, but I feel happy when a series looks the same, and when there is a cover change which is so different to the original, I don’t like it. Especially when you loved the original and they change it, so you must either have all the books in the second cover, or have a miss-matched series – neither are appealing. Why can’t publishers just keep to the same cover design?
4/ Varying book sizes within a series
The Six of Crows duology comes to mind, with the copies I own anyway. Crooked Kingdom is far taller than Six of Crows, and it makes it difficult to have the duology standing together. This also applies when a book has a different width to the others. I like having duologies and series together, and miss-matched sizes make it seem less ordered and forces me to separate them. Nope!
3/ The “Now a Major Feature Film/TV Series” sticker which is printed on the cover
Urgh. This really bugs me! I don’t know why they are necessary and why they are PRINTED so you can’t remove them. It really taints a covers aesthetics, maybe I’m just being too picky. This also ties in to the ‘movie poster’ cover changes, which are never nice. Examples? The Martian, Everything, Everything, Big Little Lies… all of which have very nice covers originally. Why ruin them by having the movie poster on the cover? I don’t read books based on their adaptions, so I’d rather just stick with the original.
2/ Those stickers that leave residue/rip part of the cover
This happens a lot with second-hand books from charity shops. The price stickers tend to leave ‘stickiness’, or worst, tear a bit of the cover. Some stickers are such a nightmare to get off, that the cover gets ruined. Is it hard to use other stickers which come off easily?
1/ Standalones becoming a series
Now I love indulging in a series, don’t get me wrong! But I find that many books nowadays become part of a series, particularly in fantasy/sci-fi books. Some would need a further book, but most of the time, the standalone wrapped things up nicely and had a good well-rounded ending, and all of a sudden there’s a sequel?! And you have to wait another year/18 months?? Sometimes there is no point in extending beyond a standalone, and it’s really difficult to find a standalone within fantasy/sci-fi which STAYS a standalone.
So what bookish things are you a grinch about? Any of these you relate to or agree with? I’d love to know!
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