I came across this tag by way of Paper Royalty, so definitely go check out their post! and I was such a fan I decided to do one myself. If you like it, please feel free to participate!
A book that made you go nope either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was terrible.
Crooked Kingdom. I just can’t with this book. It ruined me, it ruined this author for me, it ruined the series. If I even think about it for one second, my blood starts boiling.
A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
Alina Starkov. Alina is just so, so annoying. I really can’t stand her and I can’t believe I managed to put up with her through the entire series, especially since she only got worse with each successive book.
Nope Popular Pairing:
A “ship” you don’t support.
Ron and Hermione. I might get a lot of hate for this – but let’s be real, there’s a definite divide in the fandom over this couple. I’m not the only one who thinks they are mismatched to the nth degree. I honestly can’t understand how they didn’t outgrow each other after school. I mean, they were kids. And I can’t understand how it even happened in the first place. I don’t support them, I never supported them, and no one can convince me otherwise.
Nope Protagonist Action/Decision:
A character decision that made you shake your head.
Any and all decisions made by the characters in this book. I gave this book 1 star after I read it and even though details are faint for me, I stand by my review. I remember just being greatly disturbed by everything.
A genre you will never read.
Well…not never. I’ve read a couple business books. It’s just not my thing and I don’t go seeking it out.
Nope Book Format:
A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
E-format. I mean, I read books on ebooks. I do. But it’s definitely my last resort and I certainly don’t buy ebooks. My eyes and brain prefer the printed word. Call me a snob or old-fashioned, but I know what I like. Plus, I can’t line up all my ebooks on a shelf and look at them and their pretty spines, now, can I?
A trope that makes you go nope.
Miscommunication!!! It just kills me. Either characters don’t communicate properly and something gets blown out of proportion and there’s a falling out, or someone sees something and they misconstrue it to be something else and there’s a falling out, or…you get the idea. Just. Talk. To. Each. Other. People!~~~~
A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
Throne of Glass. Look – I’ve read A Court of Thorns and Roses. It was fine. But I didn’t feel any desire to read the rest of the series. I know many friends who love that series and love this one. But I wasn’t blown away by Maas’ writing in ACoTaR and so I don’t have high hopes for this, despite all the hype and love I see for it everywhere and the recommendations I get. And it’s soooo loooong! I mean, who has the time to commit to that long of a series when you’re barely a fan of the author?
Nope Cliche/Pet Peeve:
A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
The 2D heroine. I know there’s a big craze to bring out “empowering, strong, fierce” heroines, but sometimes that comes at a price. Not every “strong female main character” has to be physically powerful or “just one of the guys” or tough or a man-eater. In fact, I’ve seen many heroines made to be more like men in order to be considered strong. They don’t have to be!
You know who’s a 3-Dimensional, strong female? Hermione. Ella from Ella Enchanted. Primrose from The Hunger Games. Do they have physical prowess? Do they strut around and continually show off how independent and cool they are? No. They’re badass because they are. I like my main characters well-rounded, please.
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.
Veda and Dorian. Oh man, I rolled my eyes when I saw this happening. I definitely noped the heck out of it and this book. It’s like whiplash how quickly Veda’s heart is turned by this guy who she barely knows. And on the back end of a relationship that had been brewing for her for most of her childhood/early adulthood. It was just too unbelievable and Dorian should never have been a love interest. There was really no need for a love angle in this book at all.
A book that shouldn’t have existed.
Fifty Shades of Grey. Do I really have to elaborate? If you need convincing, check out the Dom’s video here, for a more in-depth reason. He says it all. Plus, he’s a good reviewer and you should check out his book-to-movie adaptation videos. They’re great.
A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
Count Olaf. I debated on putting Voldemort here or Bellatrix, but when I think back to my childhood, and even adulthood (re)reading these books, I think I’d be more scared of Count Olaf. The movie/Netflix adaptations don’t do him justice. He comes off as creepy, maybe, but mostly goofy. And book Olaf is anything but goofy.
The thing that scares me the most about him is that so few recognize how villainous he is. The Baudelaires spend most of their time trying to convince the people around them that they are in danger because of him and no one believes them. He’s a murderer, he’s obsessed with getting money. And he’s abusive and he’s without morals.
A character death that still haunts you.
Sirius Black. I honestly spent much of the rest of the series believing he was going to be brought back, I was that convinced he wasn’t dead. I’m still not over it.
An author you have had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.
Leigh Bardugo. See the first entry in this tag for more details.
So there you have it. This was a fun tag, and please, feel free to participate and link back to me so I can see your answers! I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!