The NOPE! Book Tag

Three weeks, we’re on fire now.

I found this on Rattle the Stars, and after going back through several previous links it appears it came from some place on YouTube, but the person who stated that did not provide the original link. If you know it, please let me know!

This tag’s super long, so buckle up and let’s go.

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 could not STAND the main female character, and as you can see I hated her so much that I can’t remember her name. I got to the end of the book and literally threw the book across the room in a rage. I have never, ever thrown a book before, and hopefully this is the first and only time it will ever happen but holy cow, this book was abysmal. It was so bad that I refuse to read any of the other books in the series (which I’ve been told don’t deal with the same characters but I don’t want to take that chance), and I’m probably never going to read anything by either of these authors, either.

NOPE! Protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy

I almost put the main character from Illuminae here, but Jazz from Artemis by Andy Weir gets this spot. I despise her so much, and it really sucked because I was so looking forward to Artemis because The Martian is one of my favorite books, and Weir just had to go and make such an awful, clichéd character that is one of the worst people I think I have ever had the misfortune to read about. If you want to read my rant on Jazz, you can check out my review.

NOPE! Pairing: a “ship” you don’t support

Any of those “But I can change them/improve them/help them overcome ____” tropes. Doesn’t matter who they are or where they’re from, if their relationship is built on the whole “I can change them!” ideology, I’m hoping something bad happens to them.

NOPE! Genre: a genre you will never read

Romance books or erotica. I have no interest in either, and I even hate reading about romantic subplots in regular novels. Don’t know how I got to dislike romance so much, but I just can’t stand it.

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

I mean, I don’t like it when publishers decide to put the movie poster on the book cover, but at that point I’ve probably already bought the book in the original cover and there’s no “waiting for a different edition,” since book covers usually come out way after the book has already been published and has already been out in both hardback and paperback.

On a related tangent, I hate when you’re trying to collect all the books in a series and then halfway through the publication they redesign all the covers so your only choice is to rebuy the first few books in the series so they match the last books, or have a shabby-looking mismatched set sitting on your shelf.

NOPE! Trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE

This mostly has to do with YA books, but the whole “I’m not like other girls” and “But I can CHANGE HIM!” trope just makes me want to yeet a book out the window. I read Children of Blood and Bone and when the main character says “But I can change him!” I knew, in that moment, that there was no saving the book.

The “not like other girls” reared its ugly head in one of the Kindle First books I got about a year ago called The Frame-Up, which sounded super cool before I started actually reading it and it turned into a book that I honestly felt slimy reading. The author tries SO HARD to establish the “I’m not like other girls” trope that she actively puts down all other women who are the “other girls,” and it’s just disgusting.

NOPE! Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read

My fiancé keeps trying to get me to read the Mistborn series by Sanderson, but he’s only got it in weird PDF form that he can email to me and I don’t want to sit in front of my computer to read it, or squint at my phone screen for long periods of time. I may eventually crack and pick it up in physical form, but for now it’s on the “Please stop trying to get me to read this” list.

NOPE! Cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes

The “This is the next _____” tagline on books. “This is the next Harry Potter!” or “This is the next Twilight!” or anything along those lines. Let books stand on their own. Don’t compare them to other books – let readers decide what they’re like. If I pick up something under the impression that it’s like Harry Potter and then it’s something completely different, I’m going to feel like I got shorted on something. I wanted a Harry Potter-esque experience and yet I got something else in return.

NOPE! Love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one

As mentioned before, any of those “love interests” that have the main character saying “Oh, but I can change them!” because in their current state they’re either (a) an idiot, (b) a villain, or (c) not worthy of the beautiful cinnamon roll that’s fallen in love with them.

Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic comes to mind. I hate the fact that she’s put in as the love interest in the book when she’s one of those irritating children that needs to grow up before she can hold her own.

NOPE! Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed

It’s very tempting to put Twilight here, but I don’t know if that’s truly fair. Even as bad as the book is, it introduced a lot of people to reading, and they moved on from Twilight pretty quickly once they found other books in the same vein but much better written.

Can I just go with Artemis by Andy Weir again?

NOPE! Villain: a villain you would hate to cross

This is another one of those where I’m staring at my bookshelves and wondering What book could I possibly slot into this question, because I don’t know. Maybe I’ll go with the Invisible Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home from the Welcome to Night Vale novels. While she’s not necessarily a villain in the beginning, she definitely gets there and it’s definitely terrifying when she does. (She’s also voiced by Mara Wilson, of Matilda fame.)

NOPE! Death: a character death that still haunts you

The first time I remember crying while reading a book is when Jack the dog died in the Little House books. I can’t remember which one (By the Shores of Silver Lake?) but when Jack died, I was devastated. I cried for half a day. I’d never experienced an animal death before, and as an eight-year-old, that one wrecked me. (I later found out that Jack was traded before they ever left Kansas and everything else Laura wrote about him was fictional. That sucked.)

I’m trying to think about what current book (well, current as in one I’ve read the past few years) that has hit me as hard as Jack’s death did when I was little, but I can’t think of one. I read all the Game of Thrones books a few years ago, and none of those deaths shocked me after Ned Stark died because I knew Martin had a thing for killing off anyone and everyone. Maybe one of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows deaths.

NOPE! Author: an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit

I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to read anything by Andy Weir again after the immense disappointment of Artemis. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to read anything by the authors of Illuminae (who I refuse to even look up so I can name them here). There are so many books out there and I don’t have time to waste on bad ones.

Whew! That got long! And rant-y.

What about you? Do you hold strong NOPE opinions on books/characters/plots/authors? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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