I have to say, I always have a special place in my heart for book tags. I don’t know what it is about them that I love so much but I always think they are so much fun to do and read.
When I was having a read of the blog posts I have missed recently, I came across the ‘Nope’ book tag on The Chronicles of Danielle’s blog and I absolutely loved it. I think the questions are really fresh and I haven’t really seen anything quite like this before so I figured why not give it a go, hey?
1.NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.
For this, I am going to have to pick the ending of The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johanson. Without giving too much away, I just felt like this ending was such a disappointment. I absolutely loved the first two books and enjoyed the majority of the third and final book, however the ending ruined it for me. The issue was, because of how the plot of the final book progressed, she actually couldn’t escape the ending she had picked, however that didn’t make it any less frustrating.
2.NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
To be honest – and I know this may might quite a few people unhappy – a main character I simply.can’t.stand is Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments. There’s something about her but she really puts my teeth on edge. I just … can’t. But then I did basically only read The Mortal Instruments for Izzy and Sebastian.
3.NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested al of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.
Does anyone remember The House of Night series by P.C. and Kristen Cast? I absolutely loved the first four or five of these books back in about 2009 but, honestly, I tired of it so quickly. I remember I was reading one of the next books and it just became so unbelievable and so ridiculous that … I… just … had … to … stop.
4.NOPE. Popular pairing: A ‘ship’ you don’t support.
Is this controversial but I can’t stand Ginny Weasley and Harry Potter? When it happened I was just like – where did this come from?!?! It just seemed to come out of absolute no where and I just couldn’t relate to it and … ergh.
5.NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Need I say more? The heart-break, the paiiin ….
6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.
I really struggled with this one so I think I’m just going to pick the whole love story route in Anna dressed in blood by Kendare Blake. Don’t get me wrong, I really loved this book, but the love story seemed so unnecessary and forced to me.
7.NOPE. Genre: a genre you will never read.
I have to say, I’m not really a huge Sci-Fi reader. I don’t mind watching it, and there are a few books that I really enjoyed that belong the genre, but on the whole it’s not one I regularly go for.
8.NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
Hardbacks, to be honest. I know some people love them but I just find them bulky and unnecessary. Plus, paperbacks are cheaper. Why bother?
(Also, I know this doesn’t directly answer the question but to be honest I’m never that bothered with editions.)
9.NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
Probably the best friend who has been in love with the main character all a long but the main character has never noticed until, one day, after a novel of pain and heartbreak, the main character sees the best friend for what is like the first time, and they are like a new person, but really they’ve been there all along, and they are suddenly overwhelmed by all these feelings they never knew existed …..
Gross, no. Get a new plot line…
10.NOPE. Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
For me it would have to be The Hunger Games. My sister is obsessed with the series and I have been forced to watch every movie, but honestly I couldn’t care less. I just really didn’t get on with the story in the first book (although I’ve never read the books – only watched the film) and the whole ‘children-killing-children’ thing freaked me out – and I know it’s supposed to but, to be honest, it freaked me out so much that picking up the book was just a no go.
11.NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
Text speak in books. No, most teenagers don’t talk in text speech and, if they do, they definitely don’t do it how you think they are doing it. Stop, you’re embarrassing yourself.
12.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.
For this, I shall just redirect you to question 4 rather than boring you with the same explanation.
13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
I really disliked Looking for Alaska by John Green. It is just so pretentious and un-teenagery. I just honestly wish I hadn’t read it which is weird because I don’t usually mind John Green books. But that one …man.
14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
Probably Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments. He is, without a doubt my favourite villain ever. So, I’d like to think I would run away because if not he would definitely kill me.
15.NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.
Ok, so I’m going to try not to spoil it but there is one death at the end of Half Lost by Sally Green which just … huuurt. I think it’s because I loved the character so much and you don’t know if he is dead or not becuase Nathan talks about him as though he’s still alive but then other characters talk as though he is dead and that’s when you realise he is dead but Nathan thinks he can still see him becuase he can’t deal with his death and … just… owww.
16.NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.
So, this is a bit of a throwback but I could never stand Jacqueline Wilson. No. I know she was a cult classic for a lot of people but I just could never stand her.
So, there you have it! Those are the things that make me go NOPE! How about you? Do you disagree with anything I’ve picked?
Until next time,