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Hmmm, instantly I would shout out “incest”. It’s a hard limit I can’t push past. However, cheating is really really hard for me as well. But I would agree that stupidity is a trope of it’s very own…and not a favorite of mine either.
Ha! This is a difficult one. I don’t know if there’s anything as a deal breaker for me. I usually avoid infidelities in books, and the lack of communication between MCs annoys me a lot, but i will rarely DNF a book for it.
In the end it all depends on how the situation is worked out by the author, in my opinion.
I can’t do cheating. I know it sounds ridiculous to make this a hardline for me. But I get emotionally attached to characters and when I read cheating…well, I feel like I’ve been betrayed myself! I take it really personally! ha! I’m a dork.
I’d choose Life After Joe by Haper Fox. It’s a surprisingly beautiful and heartfelt story. It’s also intense and lyrical – all while being relatively short. Gimme. :)
I guess I’d have to say, if I really have to pick something, miscommunication. Or, no communication at all. I don’t know that it’s a really a deal breaker for me, but that always drops my respect for characters down a notch. So, I might not DNF a book, but I probably won’t enjoy it as much. Cheating is also difficult to read, but I won’t avoid a book because of it.
I agree with Kristie about miscommunication. I’ll frame it as “senseless actions”, so when characters do really dumb things in order for the story to go in a specific direction or to cause drama–be it not communicating, suddenly wanting to cheat on their devoted partner, going down into the dark basement when you know there’s a murderer about, going to meet the known villain in a secluded area by yourself, etc. When you start to lose respect for the character, while at the same time you see the cogs in the story cranking forward–that’s when it becomes really easy to move on to another book.
What they ^^^ said. It’s not the trope itself that is a deal breaker, but how it is developed.