Is it time for another book tag already? I don’t know why I love these so much – maybe because they force my brain to think in other ways and I usually get a ton of writing done on these, like several thousand words. I found this one on Between the Pages.
It goes without saying that there might be some spoilers in the answers below, so watch out! There will probably also be a lot of unbridled rage. I hope you can keep up.
NOPE. Ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy
The ending of Illuminae. I actually screamed and threw the book across the room. And it was a library book. I have never, ever physically reacted to a book like I have with this one. Not only did I have to put up with the awful female protagonist the entire novel, but the ending — the ENDING made me so unhealthily furious that I have sworn off the entire series. I will never, EVER open another book by this author duo again because they wrote this first one so awful.
NOPE. Protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy
Jazz from Artemis. I can’t even begin to go into detail about all the things I dislike about her. What really irks me is that people have told me, “Well, if she was a guy, you would’ve liked her!” NO! NO I WOULD NOT HAVE! Her personality would have been just as abrasive and awful no matter her gender! I don’t care if she’s male/female/android/a dog, she is a shitty person who strings people along and is ABUSIVE! She has the worst plans, she has the worst personality, and she is just all-around a horrible terrible person! I can’t see how anybody likes a character that made me want to put the book down and never pick it up back up. I forced myself to finish it because I liked The Martian and wanted to see if Weir could redeem his character, but nobody and nothing can redeem the garbage fire that is Jazz.
If you’ve been keeping up with the Artemis reviews, it’s pretty obvious that there is a very large divide over whether or not Jazz is awful. I still can’t see how people can even begin to like such an abusive terror.
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 Mortal Instruments. I enjoyed the first book, liked the second, and as time went on, although I’ve bought the first four (maybe five?), I’ve only managed to read the first three. I can’t get myself even remotely motivated to read the rest of them. And her other series? I’m bailing out before I even begin. It’s just too much. The first one was good, but the quality has drastically declined as more has been written about the Shadowhunter world. I understand not wanting to let something go, but at some point you have to and move on to other things.
NOPE. Pairing: a “ship” you don’t support
Everybody who’s never read Romeo & Juliet say that it’s a tale of star-crossed lovers and that Shakespeare’s story is a romance. IT MOST CERTAINLY IS NOT. It’s billed as a freaking tragedy, and nobody was supposed to make it out of there alive. Romeo is manipulative and conniving, and he’s so freaking wishy-washy that Juliet would’ve been better off just becoming a nun.
But if we’re not going to harp on long-ago Shakespeare dramas… How about Austenian drama? Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are not meant for each other and should not have ended up together. Darcy is an ass, and Elizabeth is too much of a free spirit to be forced to settle down to become his little wife. However, because Austen’s novels always make sure the girl gets the guy, they end up together. I can see some very volatile arguments coming from their sitting rooms in the future, and you will never be able to convince me otherwise.
NOPE. Plot twist: a twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.
Ugh. Honestly, I can’t think of something from this category. I think I’ve always appreciated the plot twists, and I’ve already written about the ending that I hated up above, so I don’t actually think I’ve got a rant for this one! Sorry to disappoint.
NOPE. Genre: a genre you will never read
There are two parts to this one:
Romance: I’m a very vocal anti-romance-novel person. I can’t stand how it’s always the same story again and again, just switch around a few parts. Although I can see the money in churning out books like this month after month, at some point readers are going to get tired of it – and then what?
Horror: I’m a baby. I can’t watch anything horror-related without having someone there with me (but thankfully Steven isn’t a huge horror fan, either), and I can’t read anything horror-related because it’s so much worse! I had to read The Shining for one of my undergraduate classes and I hated every second because I was terrified to go to sleep!
NOPE. Book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition
I detest movie tie-in covers. I do have a few on my shelf because I literally couldn’t get the book any other way, but I hate them. There was nothing wrong with the original book, and there’s certainly no need for you to only print movie covers from this point on!
I also hate it when people switch the style of the covers halfway through a series. Like, freaking at least finish the series out in the original cover style before switching! I’ve literally dropped series because of this. Libba Bray’s The Diviners is one of them. They switched the style for the second book and it’s freaking RUINED. The Kiki Strike series by Kristin Miller is another. The third book FINALLY came out, and they made the new covers super ugly and now my series won’t match, so I’m never finishing it.
NOPE. Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read
I don’t think I’ll ever read anything by Sarah J Maas, because I’m just tired of it. I’ve seen it everywhere and on everything, and yet… I can’t bring myself to even think about picking it up. There’s probably a listener version of burnout that I haven’t discovered yet, but that’s what I’ve got with this author and any of her series.
NOPE. Cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes
It’s probably been said a lot, but the fact that everybody has to end up with someone by the end of the novel/series, even if there clearly wasn’t enough time for either of them to grow as people and individuals before committing to each other. That’s not how healthy marriages/relationships/etc work! You have to put in the time and the effort, and if the “bad boy” becomes a good guy over the course of the novel… Do you really think they’ve changed for good?
NOPE. Love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one
I don’t have a particular character that I’d like to put in here, but I want to put any character that starts out being abusive and the main character swears up and down they can change them, and by the end of the novel they’ve “changed.” This is such bull! While abusers can change, it’s not at all the norm. If you’ve ever gone through the r/relationship subreddit, there are so many people in abusive relationships that have been taught “just hold on” and “it’s all on you to make them change” that it’s so saddening. Abusive relationships should never be normalized, and there are so many teen fiction and adult fiction books that normalize it.
NOPE. Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed
I feel like this is really harsh, to wish never existing upon a book, but there are so many. I want to put both Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey in this category, because there really is nothing that these two have contributed to society.
Twilight is a bunch of poorly-written drivel, and I know Stephanie Meyer has probably gotten a lot of hate mail over the years. The problem is, her writing appeals to a very small niche of people who are hurting and want to have their pain validated, and that’s exactly what she did, by writing an abusive male character who completely invalidates the main character and makes people think that these abusive relationships are okay and are normal. THEY ARE NOT. I will also never forgive what Meyer has done to vampires in the minds of the younger generations.
Fifty Shades of Grey has told people that BDSM is something it’s not, and I know many members of that community who are practically up in arms about it. Also, have you ever read any of it? I’ve previewed a few pages, but the writing is so stomach-churningly awful that I couldn’t even get through the non-sexual scenes. This was also written for a niche, the one that the girls who grew up reading Twilight filled: the bored housewives who are sick of their mundane lives and want something more exciting. If only EL James had actually done her research before writing a book.
NOPE. Death: a character death that still haunts you
Michael from The Golem and the Jinni. Everything was going so well, and things might have been looking up — despite the fact that the Golem’s secret had come out, it could possibly have been fixed. Michael didn’t have to die like that! Nobody deserved to die like that! I almost had to pull over and stop the car (I was listening to the audiobook).
Also, the protagonist’s father from Armada. I can’t remember any of their names, but holy cow. He also did not deserve to die like that! It made me so angry, and I almost raged when I listened to that part (again, audiobook, again, driving).
NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction
I think I’d put down Count Dracula. He’s not a wimpy vampire like the Twilight series has put into peoples’ heads, but he’s an honestly terrifying creature. He manipulates you, draws you in closer, forces you to pay attention to him, and once he’s gained your trust, despite other people telling you that he’s bad news, you still let him in. He’s the ultimate villain, someone that can’t be stopped. And even though it’s supposed that he is killed at the end of the novel (sorry for the 130 year old spoiler alert), there’s always the chance that someone truly that evil can survive.
Also, Mephistopholes, from Doctor Faustus. I know, technically it’s a play, but it’s still creepy. I read it for my Renaissance Drama class a few semesters ago, and let me tell you, Ol’ Mephy is certainly not a force to be messed with. He’s even worse than the Count, in that he is literally second hand to Lucifer and has the power to drag people down to hell. That final scene…!
NOPE. Author: an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit
I’m going to have to say Cassandra Clare, because the whole Shadowhunters thing is so played out at this point in time, I stopped being excited for them after the third book. I did read The Infernal Devices, but can’t muster up any reason to read anything else.
I’m also pretty much turned off by anything written by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, because my experience with Illuminae was so absolutely horrendous that I will never touch anything by either of these authors again. I know that seems extreme, but I honestly think Illuminae is one of the worst books that I voluntarily read through to the end. (I’ve read a lot of books involuntarily for class, but this one is by and far the worst one I’ve read on my own.)
I want to tell you that this is probably the most deeply thought out book tag I have ever done, so congratulations. You’re reading something that took about six hours to write. (However, those six hours were broken up, because I was working on it between tasks at work. It still took an abnormally long time to write, though.)
I’m betting I probably ruffled more than a few feathers here, so please, go ahead and debate me in the comments as to why I’m wrong 🙂
And as always, keep reading.