Good morning my sweet centaurs!
I bounced back and forth about whether or not I was going to participate in this week’s top five, as buzzwords aren’t really my thing. When I think buzzwords, I think phrases like “wildly popular” and “long-anticipated” etc. etc. Then I decided, ANY word can be a buzz word if it gives me that warm, bumblebee feeling in my bones.
As always, Top 5 Tuesdays are hosted by Shanah @ The Bionic Bookworm, and her prompt is:
Top 5 buzzwords that make me want to read a book.
I am a sucker for pirate books, and there aren’t enough of them. I don’t get it. WHAT IS NOT EPICLY ADVENTUROUS ABOUT THE HIGH SEAS AND SWASHBUCKLING! I’m actually starting to see a wee trickling of pirate books and I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. GIVE ME ALL OF THEM. ALL. OF. THEM.
Arthurian times, knights and princess and mages and highwaymen, scalawags and scoundrels, the plague… Anything claiming to be set in old Europe despite serious historical inaccuracies is an easy sell for me, even if sometimes I immediately regret it. A similar setting in a fantasy world is also acceptable.
This one is almost unfair because these days, there’s a lot of magic going around. I’ve had to stop picking up every book that proclaimed to have witches, mages, magicians, jinx-workers, sorcerers, wizards, etc., but I still do consider them. Every time. WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT IF MAGIC WAS REAL GUYS.
A general term here – quest, journey, adventure… anything that implies they are starting at an easy beginning, must complete a difficult task, and will probably make to a big grand finale. GIANT BURNING EYE OPTIONAL. These can be pure quests, revenge quests… as long as there are monsters and traveling and a little bit of treasure and a whole lot of almost dying but not, I’M DOWN.
I know some people complain that it’s unoriginal, but I love it when books incorporate mythology into their stories. Even more, I love it when they build their own entire mythological system. These origins stories are such fun for me to read and I really like it when they blend into our world. EXCEPT (and I have learned this the hard way) I DON’T WANT TO READ ABOUT JANE DOE GETTING IT ON WITH ZEUS OKAY. ALL THE GODS WOULD NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH HER AND START A WAR OVER HER NO. Not even Helen of Troy quite managed that.