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Distracting Content in YA Books

Hi everyone! So I will have my review of A Court of Mist and Fury up on Friday (hopefully). For now though I want to talk about something that I feel very strongly about. A Court of Mist and Fury reminded me of why I am so careful about the books I read. Prepare for an incoherent rant about my biggest bookish pet peeves.
A Court of Mist and Fury was a really good book but I found a few scenes and words distracting and pulled me away from the plot and from the characters. Honestly I enjoy good innocent romance where the two characters are more focused on who they are as people instead of on each other's bodies. I'd rather have my two romantic interests talking and arguing and getting into crazy situations that show their vulnerabilities than just having them sleep around every time have a moment to themselves.

I find explicit, detailed scenes of passion very distracting and unimportant to the plot. If you really want two characters to get together physically just maybe describe their kiss and say they did what you wanted them to do and then cut the scene off. TV shows do that all the time and that is good enough for me. But when you have to go page after page of the physical passionate scenes that has little dialogue and little meaning to the story at all? That I find ridiculous and turns the relationship from sweet and meaningful to surface level. Especially when the characters still barely know anything about each other.

One of my other pet peeves that will make me shut a book and not ever read that certain author again is swearing. I can handle a few words here and there. You know, not a lot but if the author has maybe like three in the entire book I'm okay with that. But when they repeat it over and over again, especially the F-bomb I find that extremely distracting from the story, from the book and just plain stupid.

All the authors that I look up to like C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Jane Austen, Shakespeare and Marissa Meyer and many more don't need explicit sleeping around scenes or swearing to make their books good. Their books became iconic and popular because of their plot and story and characters. Not because of explicitly descriptive scenes or because of how many swear words they could fit onto their pages.

I find it sad that a lot of books being published these days either do have explicit scenes or swearing or their just horribly written overall. They weren't crafted with the true love and respect for the art of literature. Some of them - a lot of them - are either vulgar, not well done or has certain scenes or words that distract from the plot or even have nothing to do with the plot at all.

A Court of Mist and Fury and many other books that I've read could have been amazing instead of just good if they had kept from using detailed love scenes and using particularly vulgar words when there are other more simple words to describe actions or people. 

Those are my two biggest pet peeves in books. What are yours? :) 


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