The Nope Tag

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So earlier in the week I was all about the positivity, so it seems like a good time to be a grumpus… JK I just wanted to do this tag for ages. Thank you so much to the lovely Emily @Embuhleeliest for tagging me for this one! The creator of this tag can be found here!

  1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

captain corelli

Okay, so I don’t know many good books with a lousy ending- but I do know an awful book with a crappy ending and that’s Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Spoilers: why did Corelli have to come back 30 years later, why did Pelagia’s lover have to be an attempted rapist to justify her fickleness and why oh why did I even bother finishing this cos it was in no way satisfying.

  1. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.


Beatrice from Wideacre– just everything about her made me go ugh. Ugh cos she’s thick and thinks she’s smart, ugh cos she’s a gross incestuous weirdo, and ugh cos she makes everyone’s life miserable. Just ugh to her and the whole book.

  1. NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.


This is unfortunately easy to answer: the Poison Study series. I don’t know another series that started out with so much promise and awesomeness and sheer excitement… that ended up being so generic and pointless. And just when I think it can’t get any worse, it spends a whole book on a *very obvious* plot twist (oh I wonder why a character would be sick every morning after they’ve missed their period…)

  1. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.

I’m one of those people who’s pretty meh about Ron and Hermione (I actually laughed when Rowling said they’d need marriage counselling)

  1. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

da vinci code

Oh easily the “twist” at the end of the Da Vinci Code where the baddie says “but I was trying to help you all along”… And no that’s not a spoiler- you can’t spoil a shit book.

  1. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head no.


Most of Harry Potter’s decisions in Order of the Phoenix (and if you want to know why skip to question 15)

  1. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.

I don’t know that there’s a genre I wouldn’t try- especially since I’ve been trying to diversify my reading- still, I tend to avoid straight up horror.

  1. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

Umm wellll my answer was going to be audiobooks, but I’ve been listening to a couple lately… so I don’t have an answer to this.

  1. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

Love triangles- particularly the ones that are an excuse for cheating. I see that in a description and just go NOPE.

  1. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

Again, I don’t know if I would refuse to anything. I am saying “no thanks” to political fiction as much as possible right now (not including dystopias)

  1. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Right now it’s the “I took a magic potion and now I’m evil” trick. It just seems to be a really lazy way to give a baddie motivation. I JUST WANT COMPLEX, EVIL CHARACTERS- IS THAT SO MUCH TO ASK?!

  1. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

love lessons

Gonna go old school now, with Love Lessons– Prue and her teacher should *never* have happened.

  1. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

foxhole court

What even was this book?!

  1. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

“Take a tip from Bill Sikes

He can whip what he likes.”

He always gave me the heebie jeebies. And I also wanted to use an excuse to stick those lyrics in…

  1. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

Stealing Emily’s answer (spoilers for Harry Potter 5): Sirius Black

  1. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

our dark duetThis is a hard one to answer- I have a few authors that I was “one and done” for (like Dan Brown), but I would pick up their other works if I heard amazing things about them- so you never know. There is however, and this is going to be *so controversial*, an author who I’ve been seriously considering quitting lately. And that author is V E Schwab. I know, *deep breaths* everybody- I just couldn’t respect her ideological decisions, which effected the grammar and ergo the comprehensibility of her last book, Our Dark Duet (more on that here). That said I really like the look and sound of her new book and sequels I’ve heard she might write… so I can’t see myself keeping to this. I will pay attention to reviews and if she’s done the same thing again, I won’t buy it and that’ll be it for me. I’m genuinely quite conflicted about it cos I’ve never quit an author before.

Done! Phew that went in an unexpected direction- I tag:

Lucinda, Sophie, Stuck in Fiction, Samantha, Aislyn, Nel, AngelicaWinged CynicBeth, Camillea, Goreti and Andrea

Okay, *exhales*, lots of controversial opinions- dare I ask if you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!

100 thoughts on “The Nope Tag

  1. Ooh fun tag! I haven’t read most of these, but I agree with the HP answers. I feel like there were some questionable decisions, and that was def a sad death. I’m also not a fan of audiobooks, although I did just listen to one to give my eyes a break lol. I like love triangles though! But someone becoming evil cuz of a potion? I’ve never read that, but you’re right, that would be really cliche and unexciting to read about :-/

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  2. First off, thank you so much for the tag! This seems like a pretty fun one, haha, can’t wait to write mine!
    As far as opinions go, I have to say I disagree on certain books. First off, I found myself enjoying Dan Brown’s books, mostly because of the history and symbolism in them- but I have to agree his plot twists are pretty predictable (and might I add, they follow the same pattern in most of his books). Second off, while I wouldn’t say that I LOVED The Foxhole Court, it was an enjoyable read.
    Other than that I agree to much of the stuff you’ve said here! I hate love triangles with a passion and if I have to be honest, Harry was super angsty in OOTF. It had such a different vibe than the rest of the series- and HOLY SHIT, Sirius. I can’t.
    Thanks for tagging me again! Great post!!

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    1. You’re welcome! Awesome- looking forward to your answers! 😀
      Fair enough- they’re pretty popular, just not for me (I personally wasn’t into the symbolism cos I’d heard of the Fibonacci code and thought he took it in a weird, conspiracy direction) And I can understand that- tbh I didn’t get the weird hype that surrounds it, but I managed to whizz through it in a slump so I had to give it kudos for that.
      Ah yes I so agree with you there though!! And yes- I’m never gonna be over that!!
      You’re welcome!! Thank you!!

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  3. Poison Study ended at Fire Study for me so I agree with that one. Never read a Dan Brown. Thought about it but after what you just said, I think I know the answer. Can’t stand love triangles ever. I don’t care what the excuse is! As for Harry Potter death, mine was one of the Weasley twins and Hedwig. I hate when animals die! Hahahaha. Thank you for the tag! I’ll be sure to do this one next week for real!

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  4. Thanks so much for the tag, this looks like such a fun one to do!
    I definitely agree with Poison Study, I wish I had just stopped at the first book which I really enjoyed. The rest of the series was so bad in comparison so I probably won’t pick up any of the authors other books.

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    1. You’re welcome!! It was really fun- I look forward to your answers!! Ah I totally get that- I so agree with you (also I say this as someone who made the mistake of picking up the author’s other books- *don’t make my mistake*- so not worth it!)

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  5. Thank you so much for the tag! I really enjoyed your answers; I’m also meh on Ron and Hermione, Sirius’ death is the one that haunts me the most in the series, Da Vinci Code kind of sucks, and I totally get mad when the villains aren’t complex. This is a terrific tag, but I also love how the “NOPE”-ness is so cynically suited to me, so again, thanks! 😀

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      1. One of the problems with my dyslexia is with big long words I can’t connect the meaning to them. I know the meaning to the word but my brain can’t make that jump from meaning to word. If that makes any sense. So with a book that starts with long ass words then I am screwed

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  6. #15 IKR!! Ugh! I really wanted Sirius to stick around.
    #5 oh gosh is it really bad? I just read Angels & Demons and really liked it. Well, I enjoyed reading it and liked all the references to history and art and mythology and the story kept my interest, but I wasn’t crazy about the ending and I saw the plot twist coming, but it was all still very entertaining.

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    1. ME TOO!
      hehe well, I was just really not enamoured by the writing, and it’s based on the whole Fibonacci code, which I knew about already and didn’t buy his convoluted plot around it. Hopefully you’ll have more luck!


  7. Oooooh I am SO relieved now that I never continued the ‘Poison Study’ series! I read the first one ages ago and liked it. Never felt the need to read on though. GOOD to know I didn’t miss anything 😀 The book on that ‘plot twist’ would have only annoyed me!

    Agree with Harry Potter in book 5.. and even book 6. But 5 was the worst, it definitely didn’t make me like Harry more. I honestly could have done without the whole relationship drama in the Potter universe. It should have stayed in the background. The 6th book is full of it and that’s a big reason why I didn’t love it anymore.
    The trio should have just stayed friends.

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    1. hehee I think you made a good call 😉 hahaha yes, it was so dumb, I spent the whole time yelling at the book “IT’S SO OBVIOUS!!” lol!

      And yeah, honestly I agree with you- I thought 6 was an improvement on 5, but Harry in 5… just grr- listen to someone who’s older and wiser than you!! And yeah I *one hundred* percent agree! I can totally relate- I really didn’t get into the romance. I mean, for me personally the Harry/Ginny one was the best and it was basically just alright for me (could’ve waited for it to develop) And yeah- I don’t know why they had to get married straight out of highschool or why the trio couldn’t have just been friends too!

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  8. Lovely answers! I’m with you on the love triangles, especially when they’re just a stupid excuse for cheating ugh that’s the worst and just makes me want to throw the book away haha.

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  9. Totally agree with you on the HP thing. Ugh Hermione and Harry would’ve been so much better even though I do like the Ginny pairing (book not movie). This is such a fun tag and I enjoyed reading your answers.

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  10. This was so much fun to read! Sometimes a good ‘nope’ session is needed! I’m a big V.E. Schwab fan so definitely found your last answer to be a surprise but we are all individuals after all! 🙂 I may do this myself on my blog but I’ll link back to you!


  11. Haha, from your first answer I was like “good God yes”. Captain Corelli’s Mandarin (I can’t call it anything else) is one of the very few books that me and my nonhubs have both read; I just turned to him and said “what’s your least favourite ending” and he immediately said “Captain f@#king Corelli” then started making moaning noises like he was in pain. So we all agree there.

    I know you hate it, but I just downloaded the Foxhole Court. I couldn’t help myself. Sorry!

    I still favour a Harry/Malfoy pairing. Hermione should be with LITERALLY ANYONE ELSE. Ron is such a loser, he should be perennially single, drinking his life away in the Three Broomsticks complaining about how Lavender won’t let him see the kids.

    Thank you for tagging me, I loved your answers and I’m excited about doing it myself! 💜

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    1. Ah I’m really glad!! hehehehe I *totally* get that- oh man that ending!!! So bad!!

      teeheehee I literally cannot wait for your thoughts on that!!

      And oh gosh- YES! (have you read Carry On by the way- it’s a parody of HP and if you like that pairing… let’s just say you’ll at least like it 😉 I don’t want to say too much but *squeals forever*- it’s good 😉 ) hahhahahaa oh my goodness that description of Ron is so. on. point!!!

      You’re welcome!! I really look forward to seeing your answers!! ❤

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        1. Oh gosh- I’m really excited to share it then!! It’s by Rainbow Rowell (and I just saw on your blog that you weren’t necessarily a fan of Eleanor and Park, but nor was I, so don’t worry about that). She basically wrote Fangirl- which is basically about someone writing Simon Snow (aka HP) fanfic. This is supposed to be the fanfic- but it ended up being one of the best parodies I’ve ever read. So so fun- and really worth checking out!! I really hope you like it! ❤

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  12. Thanks so much for the tag, I’ve already thought of plenty of books I can pick for each question just reading through them! 😀 Also I loved reading your answers.
    I definitely agree with you on the Poison Study series, it used to be a favourite of mine but I haven’t read the very last book (Dawn Study I think) and I have no desire to read it. The series has just lost some of its magic for me which is a shame but I guess reading tastes change. And oh it’s a shame V.E. Schwab is your NOPE author but hopefully if some of her new books and sequels are catching your eye you may enjoy them more.
    Again thanks for the tag, and great post as well. 🙂 ❤

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    1. You’re welcome! yay I’m really glad!! 😀
      Oh gosh I totally get what you mean- I gave up somewhere round there too (honestly I’ve lost track of the names 😉 Yeah it really is- but I can already see myself caving, because her new book looks so good- hopefully I won’t have the same issue again 😉
      You’re welcome!! And thank you!! 🙂 ❤

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  13. It’s so sad about the Poison Study, I haven’t read it but I’ve heard so much about it on booktube haha.
    And for real, I can never get into audiobooks. It always seems like an interesting concept, you know multi tasking like oh I can listen while cleaning or walking but yeah, never ends up getting my attention.

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      1. Oh man that’s the worst, when the series doesn’t live up to the expectations of the first book.
        The only time where I’ve felt even some immersed in the story is listening to it while walking but I don’t think that’s the safest thing to do haha.

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  14. I remember reading Love Lessons when I was fourteen and I thought it was strange then. Now as an adult I’m definitely all nope. Regarding Harry Potter though time has changed my mind & I like the Ron and Hermione pairing. Fun tag!

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  15. The Captain Corelli’s Mandolin cover is pretty though. I hated Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale when I read it in college years ago. the patriarchy thing in the West is so played out to me. Our concerns compared to the concerns of women in truly fundamentalist parts of the world seem kind of lame. Also hated her self-righteous writing style and annoying characters. Guess I’m in the minority on this one. I’ll never read her work again.

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    1. hehe it is… still a lousy book (imo)- it took me weeks to get through and it’s not long! Oh gosh that’s one of those books which I initially disliked instinctively but have come to loathe more and more over time. I hate the writing style and I personally view it as rather propagandistic. I have considered reading her other work, cos I usually like to give authors two shots… but it’s super unlikely.

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  16. Ha, this looks like a cool tag to get those unpopular opinions out there XD A whole lot of nope! 🙂 I think I remember you mentioning Widecare before- oh man, that book is one to really stay away from, eh!?

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  17. Hahahaha “you can’t spoil a shit book”. Dan Brown’s series is one of those series that I collected very early in my blogging debut thinking that it was one those classic series that every mystery reader had to go through until I slowly found out through the community how much it ain’t even praised and is actually looked at as… crap.

    A bit saddening to see Schwab there. Totally understand your reason though. I haven’t still read the sequel but it’ll probably end up bothering me too since I had run into a similar grammatical decision by the author before. But with the 2 books I did read by her (ADSOM and This Savage Song), I felt like her writing was awesome and her books couldn’t disappoint me hahah Hopefully you’ll give her another chance when your curiosity is piqued and your doubts are erased regarding that particular issue you had with Our Dark Duet! 😛

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    1. hehehe well it was actually the first (non-classic) adult book I ever remember reading- so many adults told me it was amazing- that was when I learnt hype can be misleading 😉 I didn’t like it, at all 😉 I hope if you read it, you get more out of it!

      Thank you- I’m glad you understand. It was really tough- I’ve decided to give her one more shot (partly cos I have so many fond memories of her books and partly cos her upcoming book looks so great) but I just didn’t agree with her decision- it was very confusing to read. She does have an excellent writing style in general and a lot of skill. But I will look out for reviews before diving into any more books by her.

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  18. Thank you so much for tagging me in this, I can’t wait to get to it! I so agree with your answer about love triangles, at this point they are so overused and are all completely pointless! Also, number 13. I think that might probably be my answer to that same question. ASAs for Poison Study, I remember really liking the first one. I also read the sequel, but if I’m honest, I don’t remember anything that happened there at all. I know there was a brother and some magic and something happened in some trees, that’s about it. I think. But, I guess now I shouldn’t feel bad for not reading the rest of it!

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    1. You’re welcome! I really look forward to your answers! Yes!! absolutely agree!! hehehe that makes sense 😉 hahahah you just summed up the entire plot for the second one tbh! It wasn’t very good… and it got worse (unfortunately :/ )


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