I am an author.
I can appreciate how much hard work goes into making a novel but I must say I'm pretty sick of the cliches.
Let's start shall we?
-girl and boy get together. Boy's brother comes along and girl falls in love with second brother (oh and while we're at it, let's make girl pregnant with first brother's baby so the baby can grow up with Uncle-Daddy and Daddy-Uncle.) I'm sorry but really? I for starters would never hook up with someone who had been with my sister and most definitely not if he had got her pregnant!
-love triangles of any sort are just an excuse for more angst in a novel. Does it improve the novel in any way? Let me think. Um, no. (Oh poor me I can't choose which one I want more and it's so exciting that they both want me!) Which brings me back to point one. I really loathe sibling love triangles
-romance with other characters other than the main ones. I get it, no romance is a fairy tale but let's be honest we're not talking about real life here. It's fiction!! And I want the two main characters to be together and that's it. I don't mind there being other obstacles otherwise it would be a pretty boring story, but I really don't care about Bob from the coffee shop or Bob the co-worker. Or the I need to make him/her jealous, let's sleep with the neighbour so he/she realises on what she's/he's missing out on. Okay whatever.
-rape as a plot device. This is one thing I hate the most. Rape is one of the most horrific hate crimes there is and the use of it in books just for shock value seems to me like it's being made to sound insignificant and irrelevant. Someone that has never experienced rape really has no idea of the consequences or what the victim has to live with. And when the ending is wrapped up and tied up with a pretty red bow and the character lives happily ever after, conveniently forgetting the rape actually occurred really grinds my gears. It doesn't take twenty seconds to get over something as horrific as this. So unless you actually know what you're talking about and you can deal with it appropriately, then stay away from this as a plot device!!
-heroes or heroines that knock up or get knocked up two seconds before meeting the main character and then of course they're lucky enough to get their happy ending with the main character and not the father/mother of the child who is ALWAYS a loser (insert rolling eyes here). So original!
-characters who are too stupid to live. Like seriously, why do all the characters have no idea about the world? Why are they so naive, or so gullible. Or why are they a doormat? Someone write a character with an actual backbone that doesn't make stupid decisions that wind up getting other people killed.
So if there is anyone that can recommend me a book without the above cliches let me know!!