Friday, January 25, 2019

NOPE!: a book tag

Today, I felt like doing something a little different, and I stumbled across the "NOPE!" book tag on YouTube -- and, what do you know, people on book blogs do it, too!

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This is a tag for books that, for whatever reason, just got you to go "NOPE NOPE NOPE." (By the end of this post, I guarantee "nope" will no longer look like a word.) I can't find the original for this one -- if you know who created it, please tell me so I can credit them!

Also... here be spoilers! You have been warned.

Tagged by: Nobody. Myself. But this video by paperbackdreams is what made me decide to give it a go.

Tagging: Literally anyone who wants to do it. Go forth and vent.

1. NOPE ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

The ending of Warcross wrecked me. It was such a good book, but... holy shit. The TEARS.

2. NOPE protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

I was gonna say Bella from Twilight, but honestly, that seemed too obvious. So I think I'll go for Adrienne from Notes From My Captivity, which I reviewed here. I found Adrienne to be incredibly unlikable; she was judgmental, she was mean-spirited, and all her character growth came too little, too late.

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.

I actually can't think of one! There are plenty of series where I read one book and was like "nah" (see this list), but I can't think of one that I got into then gave up on. Unless you count Warrior Cats... that second series, man. What even was that?

4. NOPE popular pairing: a ship you don’t support.

Agnieszka and the Dragon from Uprooted. I wasn't terribly fond of Agnieszka as a protagonist -- I found her dull and one-dimensional -- but the Dragon was just an asshole. Their relationship lacked buildup, and just seemed to go from "You're a tool, I hate you!" to making out in 5 seconds flat. I stand by what I said in my review of this book: Agnieszka and Kasia would've made a better couple, and a more interesting story.

5. NOPE plot twist: a plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

I'll go for "NOPE in a good way" for this one... the way the mystery in One of Us is Lying is resolved fucked me up. It fucked me up REAL bad. I promise you won't see it coming.

6. NOPE protagonist action/decision: a character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.

Preeeeeeetty much everything the main character of Stalking Jack the Ripper did. (That's a book I gave up on, so I can't even remember her name, or much about her, just that she did not have the best decision-making skills.)

7. NOPE genre: a genre you will never read.

I'll try anything once, but I doubt I'm too likely to pick up any religious fiction.

8. NOPE book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

I don't like eBooks much. I can't really explain why, but I just cannot focus as well with them. I have a Kindle but I literally never use it. I'll accept ARCs in eBook form since that's easier (and cheaper) on the publishers, but if I have the option of getting a hard copy, I'll pick that, every time.

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9. NOPE trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.

Love triangles. Please God make it stop. Also, "bury your gays" and the "evil gay" stereotype. It's 2019, this is getting ridiculous.

10. NOPE recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

Anything by Cassandra Clare, and the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. (Especially the latter, since even people I know who really like the books agree the series kind of goes to crap after a few books.)

11. NOPE cliche/pet peeve: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

So many... off the top of my head, protagonists that complain about how unattractive they are constantly, instalove, "overprotective" or "oppressive" parents and/or teachers that don't actually do anything that's that bad, high school "alpha" girls with zero depth, chemistry, or motivation, love triangles, and "chosen one" narratives. (That last one CAN be done well, but rarely is.)

As for the more technical side of writing... overuse of dialogue tags, purple prose, and bad pacing. I've wanted to throw so many books for shitty pacing. Also, stream of consciousness narratives. Has never been my thing, never will be.

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.

I know this is an unpopular opinion, but fuck Cardan from The Cruel Prince. Seriously. That guy's a dick, and Jude can do so much better.

13. NOPE book: a book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

Gonna go full-predictable and say Fifty Shades. Just nope. On so many levels.

14. NOPE villain: a scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

This is a bit of a cheat, but IT from the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Particularly when IT's in the form of Pennywise the clown. I've never read the book, but I saw part of the miniseries with my father when I was nine. I am currently twenty-one years old, and I am petrified of clowns to this day, and if I'm walking alone at night, I will literally go out of my way to not go too close to a sewer.

(As you can imagine, the two months or so when ads for the 2017 movie were EVERYWHERE were not fun for me.)

(Thanks, Dad.)

15. NOPE death: a character death that still haunts you.

Fucking Remus Lupin. I'll never recover.

*Celine Dion playing in the distance*

16. NOPE author: an author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.

Maggie Stiefvater. I know a lot of people love her books, and I was a fan of Shiver in middle school, but when I tried to read The Raven Cycle years later, it just didn't do anything for me. If you like her, I'm glad, but her writing style just is not for me.


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