Don’t get me wrong, I love books as much as the next crazed book lover but sometimes I just get SO angry or, SO fed up that I want to put my book in time out… (that’s normal, right?)
In the bookosphere I’ve sometimes heard people talk about ‘throwing their books across a room’ (now listen – I’m not saying you deserve a book reading ban if you’ve done this but…HOW COULD YOU? BOOKS ARE LIKE LITTLE BABIES. THEY’RE MEANT TO BE TREASURED, LOOKED AFTER, KEPT OUT OF HARMS WAY AND ENJOYED not INJURED RUTHLESSLY! If you had a child you wouldn’t toss it across the room because it did something bad, would you? (I hope your answer is no – by the way.)
So, instead of being cruel and heartless by throwing books around I prefer to put books in time out. BUT WHY DO THEY DESERVE SUCH TREATEMENT?
*clears throat* Where do I begin?
(I know books aren’t going to apologise to me for what they’ve done wrong but that doesn’t mean I can’t put them there and expect an apology anyway, does it?) Below I have listed (because you know how much I adore lists) some reasons as to why books deserve to be placed in time out (I know that the reasons these things occur is the authors fault but we can’t put authors in time out, can we? No we can’t so, we make their books sit in time out instead).
WHEN MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER DIES
I know that sometimes characters need to face defeat, disappointment or, injuries, to lead them down the right path or make them realise they aren’t all that tough BUT KILLING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE (I know sometimes death is needed and blah, blah, blah, but I’m on a roll here and am not going to stop and acknowledge that right now.)
When we read books we fall through their pages and into that world; we fall in love with characters and begin seeing them as friends (family or even sometimes book boyfriends/girlfriends) SO WHEN THEY DIE IT HURTS and I want nothing more than to (a) recommend the book to someone to crush their heart as well and (b) put the book in time out and tell it to think about what it’s done.
WHEN MY OTP IS HACKED TO DEATH
(OTP: One True Pairing – a term used when people picture or imagine two people/objects together romantically.)
When an author decides to end my OTP/not bring it to life it’s always sad but when they go at it with an axe and hack the poor thing to death I FEEL LIKE CRYING A THOUSAND TEARS.
WHEN CHARACTERS ANNOY ME
Yes, I get annoyed easily, but not with fictional characters (only with pesky things like loud chewing or people talking with their mouth full, you know?).
I love them and more often than not I respect the choices and decisions they make but sometimes characters do things and I’m like WHY. WHY DID YOU DO THAT AND DESTROY EVERYTHING?
WHEN MINOR CHARACTERS ARE UNDER APPRECIATED
I can barley handle
speaking typing about this one.
I’m a firm believer that all humans (socks and unicorns) are important – fictional characters too. I believe they all have their own stories/lives and I hate the fact that some minor characters are
used only around when protagonists needs them.
I know that some characters are needed in certain scenes for certain reasons but I hate it when minor characters are only around when they’re necessary to the story (am I making sense? Do you understand this?) I don’t like it when minor characters are only there to assist the protagonist.
WHEN THERE ARE NO CATS
Okay, you got me.
I won’t put a book in time out just because it doesn’t contain a cat but I felt like I had to mention cats somewhere…
EPIC-NESS TURNED SOPPY-NESS
(don’t question the words – they’re totally real.)
I despise it when I start reading an AMAZING book and then, the protagonist meets a love interest and suddenly EVEYTHING IS ABOUT THIER RELATIONHSIP. Just: no.
I love contemporary romances but even those can’t just be about relationships in my opinion. I WANT A STORY TOO. (Is that too much to ask for?)
(Yes, I love cliff-hangers but I also hate them. We have a weird relationship, okay?) I don’t like having cliff-hangers at the end of books – I mean, I LOVE it but I also don’t because I WANT THE NEXT BOOK THE VERY SECOND I FINISHED THE LAST ONE.
(I’m aware this point is contradictory but…cliff-hangers make me want to put books in time out, therefore I think it’s important to mention.)
NO CHARACTER GROWTH
This bugs me because EVRYBODY GROWS so why is it that some characters don’t??? I’m not saying that they need to change, dye their hair bright purple or become a different type of character entirely I just want to see them changing views/learning/trying new things/taking risks if they didn’t before, you know?
DO YOU PUT BOOKS IN TIME OUT FOR ANY REASON?
(Is it wrong for me to feel this way? Am I alone with this opinion? Please say I’m not!)
Until we speak again have a cupcake, because you’re beautiful and deserve one…or five.
Yours within the Bookworm Revolution,