I'm sure there are lots of these knocking around but I spotted this list over on Nicole's blog and discovered that this list originated on Cait's blog and I wanted to play so... Here we go!
The way the characters and relationships are developed slowly over time is the best thing ever.
That doesn't mean a standalone doesn't have its place but even with standalones, I like series of interconnected standalones so we get a glimpse of how previous characters are doing on occasion.
Meh, it doesn't matter as long as there is a good story or character development arc.
I guess that enemies to lovers are harder to get right so can be more hit or miss as to whether I like it so I'm going to go with friends to lovers.
Seriously, the number of Colleen Hoover books I own but am not brave enough to read is ridiculous and that's just one example.
Really?! I have to choose one of these?!
Instalove is ridiculous but a love triangle is believable.
Oh okay... Dead parents, so they're not present and annoying me.
Oooh! Tricky tricky... I'm going typography.
Faces will annoy me if they don't fit the character description.
Typography tends to come with beautiful artwork and that's never (yet) been annoying.
Or hero turning a little bad.
Honestly, I'm not fussy on this. I like it when it's shown that no one is 100% one thing and everyone has nuances to their personalities.
I'm sorry but if you're building up a romance for me and you kill one of them preventing them ever getting a happy ending then you can go do one!
And I'll probably avoid any and all subsequent books by the author. I don't read romance for realism or for tragedy. I read it for a happy ending!
And, it doesn't matter how awesome your writing is if the story is dull as charcoal.
So... Amazing plot with murderously bad writing!
Ooohhh, do you think we can team up those authors? The excellent writers with poor imaginations with those excellent imaginations but piss poor writing skills and make a super author?
I don't like heartbreak and I don't like cliffhangers.
However, if we're talking a cliffhanger at some point in a series, I'll deal. If it's the end of the series, I'll rage.
If it's heartbreak at a mid-point in a series, I'll deal and hope it resolves in later books. If a series ends on heartbreak? The author is dead to me.
If I had to choose? I'd go cliffhanger ending and hope for more books to end it nicely.
Heartbreak will never be acceptable.
I'm a book savage and I'm not particular about either!