Today, I am going to be doing a tag that I saw on the lovely Farrah’s channel, which I will link here. The tag is called The Nope Book Tag. Basically, it’s a series of nope situations in relation to books.
1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Just pure shock. It’s a great book, but, like, no.
2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
Well, I don’t quite hate her, but America Singer makes me upset sometimes.
3. 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.
The Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch. It’s definitely not my thing.
4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.
Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley. Look, I am trying to be nicer to Ginny, but I just feel like her character development was rushed. It is upsetting to see characters shoe-horned into relationships that came out of nowhere.
Shut up, Harry, with the whole “beast” thing inside of you. That’s weird.
5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. The whole Mal sacrifice thing followed by the Just Kidding moment–it was frustrating. In case I have not informed you lately, I don’t like Mal.
6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.
Any time Adrian Ivashkov started drinking, I was shaking my head. As someone with an illness close to bipolar depression, I feel a close connection to his character.
7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.
Erotica. Anything with graphic sex scenes. Romance novels. Not my thing.
8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition
Um. None? If I can read it, it’s good. The only thing I never get is e-books, because: a) I get anxious about purchasing online copies of things, and b) I don’t like staring at a screen to read my novels. Also, like the temptation to buy things would be WAY too intense. I’m not the one who buys the books. My family does. So…yeah, it’s just not a good fit for me.
9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
The whole “innocent and perfect girl falls in love with bad boy” is upsetting. Stop reducing women to just stereotypes. Yes, even “innocent” girls have a dark side.
10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
Any Sarah J Maas books. Nope. Not for me. While I am definitely not judging people for reading her work, I did give it a try and it was not for me at all.
11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
I don’t normally roll my eyes at other people’s work, even if it is somewhat not fitting in with what I like. I do get annoyed when women are shown as mean people (hello, Greek myths).
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.
Micah from the Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. I do not like him. In addition, I have very mixed feelings about Ammon.
13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. I honestly don’t remember this book. Really don’t care about Sydney going off on her own adventure.
14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
The villain in A Conjuring of Light is scary. I can’t stop thinking about him.
15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.
Noah Czerny in The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater. He is my favorite ghost.
16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.