I know I did a book tag recently, but I just love them so much that I can’t resist doing another one, and since the Nope Book Tag has been floating around, I thought I’d borrow it for today’s post.
NOPE ENDING: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or because the ending was crappy
I was SO MAD at the ending to Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I loved the entire thing UNTIL WE GOT TO THE ENDING because it uses one of my least favorite tropes. I hate the past life trope so so so much because I feel like you get to know the character as who they are now, and then they become someone else and have entirely different thoughts and goals and the story totally changes. I tried to read the rest of the series, but was honestly too mad at the ending of DOS&B to continue because I loved the first part of it so much.
NOPE PROTAGONIST: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy
After rereading the Shatter Me trilogy recently, I have to go with Juliette. I just…don’t understand. The world is literally going to pieces around you and you’re only focused on your love life? And she was so weak and whiny for most of it. I get that she was traumatized in the institution/prison, but like…grow up, girl.
NOPE PAIRING: a “ship” you don’t support
Tris and Four. I do not understand why everyone ships them. They are so toxic for each other. They keep things from each other and flat out lie to one another and that’s just not healthy. They have too many personal problems that don’t blend well when thrown together to be a good couple.
NOPE PLOT TWIST: a twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like
Belzhar. I didn’t even finish this book because I could tell something horribly problematic and stupid was going to happen, but I did read the spoilers for it, and boy am I glad I didn’t finish it. She just completely trivialized mental illness and the protagonist turned out to be just as horrible as anticipated.
NOPE GENRE: a genre you will never read
Space books. I have tried and failed to get into space YA but every time I try I end up being disappointed. This is one of the two main reasons I haven’t finished Illuminae yet even though it uses unique formatting and I die over that, but I just don’t understand the space and sci-fi mumbo-jumbo.
NOPE BOOK FORMAT: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
I don’t really have one? I like hardcovers and that’s what comes out first so I don’t really mind?
NOPE TROPE: a trope that makes you go NOPE
I could go for the past-life trope that I talked about in question 1, but I will refrain from ranting further about it. I really hate thrillers or mysteries where the big reveal is that it was all in their head because they’re mentally ill. Books that use mental illness as a big reveal or simply as a plot point without going into the seriousness of the issue really irk me on a personal level because I feel like mental illness should not be trivialized or made into something just for the sake of entertainment.
NOPE RECOMMENDATION: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read
Cat Clarke. One of my best friends really wants me to read Undone, but I didn’t like the first two books I read by her so I wear my skeptical face whenever she makes that recommendation again.
NOPE CLICHE: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes
Metallic blood. Just…it’s so overdone. Can’t you find another way to describe blood?
NOPE LOVE INTEREST: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one
Either Edward or Jacob from Twilight. I’m sure most of us by now know that Edward’s behaviors are abusive and controlling, and the fact that he was so put on a pedestal is just a major issue. Their relationship is not healthy and his behaviors are abhorrent.
NOPE BOOK: a book that shouldn’t have existed
I hate to even bring up this book because it’s so problematic but…Inexcusable. It’s about a guy who rapes a girl and doesn’t think he did anything wrong for literally the entire book. Then there’s a sequel. In which he also doesn’t think he did anything wrong. The author just seems like a major rape apologist and this book doesn’t need to exist whatsoever.
NOPE VILLAIN: a villain you would hate to cross
Twice-Killed Katherine from The Hazel Wood. She’s not like a super villain/antagonist, but she is definitely a creepy character and a “bad guy.” I would not want to cross her and her bird cage.
NOPE DEATH: a character death that still haunts you
One word: Divergent. I have no words.
NOPE AUTHOR: an author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit
E. Lockhart. I HATED We Were Liars with a burning passion, yet somehow convinced myself that Genuine Fraud would be better, so I read it. It was not as bad…but not by that much. One of my close friends loves her chick lit books, but I will never read another book by her. Don’t let me do it!!