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!
- NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
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.
- 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.
- 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…)
- 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)
- NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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?!
- 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.
Gonna go old school now, with Love Lessons– Prue and her teacher should *never* have happened.
- NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
What even was this book?!
- 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…
- NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.
Stealing Emily’s answer (spoilers for Harry Potter 5): Sirius Black
- NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.
This 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:
Okay, *exhales*, lots of controversial opinions- dare I ask if you agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!