I’ve spotted this tag at several blogs over the last few weeks and, though I wasn’t tagged, couldn’t help but to hop onto that train. It is a fun idea and some of the answers I’ve found floating around on this tag have made me laugh. The tag’s originator can be found here and I snagged the questions from Perfectly Tolerable.
A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.
I won’t mince words, I hated most of this book but the ending just made me NOPE out on this book as a whole. A happily ever after where everything is wonderful and everyone loves each other? NOPE. Not my cup of tea.
A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
I hate Celaena/Aelin. I can’t deal with her and her self righteous, I know best so I’m not going to talk to anyone about what is going on attitude. The only thing she loves is herself. I keep reading these books because Dorian and Manon are the best. If Aelin and her fae prince would just go away that would be great.
A series that turned out to be a huge pile of nope after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it.
For this nope, I don’t have an answer. If I start reading a series and feel like it is going to be trash, I stop reading it. No big deal to me. I’m not going to invest my time and energy in something I don’t think that I will enjoy.
A “ship” you don’t support.
Enne and Levi. Most of the reviews I have read for this book are over the moon for Levi and Enne but I can’t hop on board that boat. Up until the very end of the story Enne was a blindly following like an air head and Levi was a weak willed pushover. I didn’t like either character. Can’t ship characters you don’t like.
NOPE. plot twist:
A twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.
~*~This is going to be a big spoiler so hold onto your butts. ~*~
In case you missed it, SPOILER: I’m sorry, you killed him. YOU DID WHAT?! I didn’t see that coming whatsoever. Not for a second. The whole time I was sure he would find a way out, when he didn’t, I cried. Literally cried. I don’t do that at books. Ever. That twist was more than I could handle.
A genre you will never read.
I can’t hop onto contemporary. I understand that a lot of people like it but it just isn’t my thing. And that’s alright. We don’t all have to all like the same things. We can respect each others opinions and tastes without being jerks about it. Now, if only the rest of the world would do that. (Can you tell that I am bitter over politics at the moment?)
NOPE. book format:
A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
I think for this I am going to have to take Brittany’s answer from Perfectly Tolerable. I do not enjoy when a collection of books are all jammed in under the same cover. For instance, lets take Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles for example. I stumbled across a volume in Barnes and Noble that had each of the books featuring Lestat all rammed together. It was large, unwieldy, and would just end up collecting dust on a shelf for years.
A trope that makes you go NOPE.
I’m not even sure it is a trope but I hate the holier-than-thou characters. You know the type. Those characters that can do nothing wrong and even if they screw up they have a convenient excuse for it. It makes me infuriated. GIVE ME MY FLAWED CHARACTERS!
A book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.
This feels like it is turning into an “unpopular opinions” post. You know what book/series is always pushed at me? The Grisha Verse. I have absolutely nothing against Leigh Bardugo, she seems like a lovely person, but when I read Six of Crows I realized that I simply do not enjoy her writing. It is that simple. I didn’t enjoy the flow, character development, or plot lines. Some writers just don’t speak to some readers and that is fine.
A cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
“Then she let out the breath she didn’t realize she was holding.” – What the heck even is that? Is it supposed to be dramatic, show suspense, what? All I see in my head is a five year old shouting, “I’m going to hold my breath until you give me what I want!” Stop it. Just stop it.
NOPE. love interest:
A love interest that’s not worthy of being one.
Oh, hi there! You know where I am going? Back to Maas! Yes, yes, I know. Why do I keep reading those books if I continue to complain about them? I don’t know either. Anyway…
ROWAN! That piece of horse crap doesn’t deserve to be anyone’s amore. He manipulated, mentally, physically, and emotionally abused Aelin and then all of the sudden he tells her he loves her and we are supposed to forgive him? No. No thank you. Go jump off a cliff. No one needs that.
A book that shouldn’t have existed.
This series needs to burn. It is like a walking advertisement that if you are a weak willed, mindless sack of bones you too can be loved. That stupid girl’s entire existence revolved around wanting another creature to love her. Piss off.
A villain you would hate to cross.
You know who I don’t want to tick off? Keris Veturia from Sabaa Tahir’s Ember Quartet. That woman terrifies me. She could probably kill me with a thought it the mood struck her. Would not want to even cross her path no less tick her off.
A character death that still haunts you.
Character deaths really don’t stick with me. As long as the character’s death serves a purpose in the grand scheme of things I’m good with it. Some have made me gasp, some have made me even shut the book for a few minutes to process it, but I can’t say that any stick with me or haunt me.
An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.
This is an odd question. I’m not sure what constitutes a “bad experience” when it comes to reading. There have been books I haven’t enjoyed and decided not to read any more by the author but I can’t think of a bad reading experience. If I had to choose one I think I would pick Cassandra Clare simply because I had such high expectations when I first read her and was let down like a boulder on Jupiter.
I thought this tag was a lot of fun and I hope anyone who wants to do it feels free to tag themselves. Not to mention I got to use the cute frog meme and it made me lol.