Today I’m doing the NOPE. Book Tag. I’ve seen it around but I’m not sure who the original creator is.
NOPE. ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
When I think of a really horrible ending, my mind immediately goes to the Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver. I don’t remember much about the series besides the terrible ending, but it was incredibly unsatisfying and left everything unanswered. She left it by saying something like “You must always keep fighting/climbing” which is just infuriating because its supposed to be inspiring but is just vague and annoying. Finish telling the story!
NOPE. protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
I really needed to think about this because I usually like main characters but one that did irritate me was Kip from The Black Prism. I didn’t hate him but he was whiny and wouldn’t stop thinking fat jokes about himself.
NOPE. pairing: a “ship” you don’t support.
I mean, I feel like I’m cheating a bit because this doesn’t last long but I’m going to say Dorian and Celaena from Throne of Glass. I like them as friends—that’s it.
NOPE. plot twist: a twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.
All of Cursed Child. I hate the whole thing but the Bellatrix/Voldemort child thing was shocking and angers me to no end. I could rant about how it makes no sense and is dumb but I’ll control myself.
NOPE. genre: a genre you will never read.
NOPE. book format: a book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
I don’t have to wait for another edition to come out but mass market paperbacks are horrible. They’re so small and thick and the spine cracks so quickly. A true nightmare.
NOPE. trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE.
Insta-love, love triangles, the beaten down peasant that’s not supposed to have powers but SURPRISE they do and they’re the most powerful person you’ve ever seen even though they never showed any hints of magic before, and any sort of “who could the lost princess be” when it’s clearly the main character of the book type thing.
NOPE. recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
I’ll try basically any fantasy and YA fantasy books just because I love the genre so much but I’m not a fan of YA contemporary books, so recommendations for those get ignored by me. Especially John Green.
NOPE. cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
“She let out a breath she hadn’t realized she’d been holding.” You know how much I hate this. Also, writing that uses a lot of “with interest” and “thought with a surge of hope.” Anything like that kills me.
NOPE. love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one.
Both of the men from the book I reviewed last week, A Bargain in Silver, come to mind. I didn’t like them—they were possessive, controlling and just repulsive. I want to think of someone else from a more popular book, though. Maybe the Darkling from the Grisha Trilogy, just because he was the villain and it never would’ve worked.
NOPE. book: a book that shouldn’t exist.
This might be controversial because so many people love this book, but Catcher in the Rye. It’s one of the worst books I’ve ever read and was just a horrible reading experience.
NOPE. villain: a villain you would hate to cross.
Voldemort and Queen Maeve.
NOPE. death: a character death that still haunts you.
Every death in Harry Potter. (The good guys only, obviously.)
NOPE. author: an author or a series you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.
I’ve read two John Green books and I’ll never read another. I wouldn’t have read two of his (Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns) if I hadn’t bought both at the same time.
I tag anyone who wants to do it!
Thanks for reading