I've seen lots of threads where people ask about some controversial aspect of their WIP, asking others if the issue would cause them to put the book down were they reading it. I'm just curious in general - what kind of stuff actually does cause someone to put the book down? Not just get irritated at the author, but literally put the book down and never read it again (or even anything by that author again?) For me, there are only a few things that will make me put a book down, and they are as follows: 1. Extremely boring plot that takes forever to get to any type of conflict; also in this category, the type of book where the first three chapters just describe the setting and the MC's house or something of that nature. 2. Blatant sexism. Now I realize that lots of women (and men, too) in real life are passive, weak etc, so books will reflect this. I'm fine if it's just the way a character happens to be, although I'll surely get annoyed with the character often. But I've stopped reading books because they featured a strong and independent female MC, but as soon as she meets the man of her dreams, she loses all her spunk and becomes a hapless doormat. I'm okay with this if it's a flaw, but not if it's romanticized by the author. And no, I don't have anything against someone deciding to be a housewife or anything, but I am against women losing all their independent thought, assertiveness, decisiveness etc just because they're with someone when the author seems to think it's a good thing. 3. Horror novels that are never scary, romance books with no steamy scenes, etc...where the book is too flat or dull in general. That's about all I can think of....I mean, nothing will make me stop reading a book in terms of shock value...nothing I can think of, anyways....I was just curious to see what the case is for others. And no, I'm not creating this thread to collect validation for my own book's touchy subjects. I'm just interested in sparking discussion.