I was tagged by Jenna at Bookmark Your Thoughts for the NOPE Book Tag – sounds like fun, let’s do it!
NOPE. ENDING: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy
Marlena by Julie Buntin – I thought this entire book was a rather bland reading experience, but I was hoping for SOMETHING from its conclusion… instead I found the ending rather trite and uninspired. I really can’t figure out why this book exists.
NOPE. PROTAGONIST: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy
Mia in Little Fires Everywhere. Celeste Ng is a brilliant writer who usually has the gift of making me sympathize with even the most unlikable characters, so I don’t know what it is about Mia that puts me off so much. Although she has plenty of positive qualities, I guess I’m just sort of tired of narratives that romanticize the ‘bohemian parent’ type – I feel really strongly that moving your child from place to place and school to school just because your current town no longer gives you artistic inspiration is a horribly selfish way to raise a child. (Still loved the book – just not the protagonist!)
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’m not a big series reader, so I have to choose one where I only read the first book, but I’m going to go with The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley. This book was such a mess. Even after reading all 500+ pages I could not tell you what this book was actually about. Some of the most amateur writing I’ve ever encountered in traditionally published fiction, far too many characters, and extremely messy world building. Hard pass on the sequel(s).
NOPE. PAIRING: A “ship” you don’t support
Eliza/Wallace from Eliza and Her Monsters. SPOILERS for the second half of this book: telling Eliza that she had to finish the comic so he could get his book deal was such blatant emotional manipulation, I’m sorry. I know Wallace has been through some Stuff, but so has Eliza, and him taking all his personal shit out on her and refusing to look at it from her perspective really ruined this pairing for me (which I hadn’t really been feeling up until this point). His half-baked ‘sorry I was an asshole’ explanation didn’t really do it for me either.
NOPE. PLOT TWIST: A twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like
Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen. If I read a million more books before I die I will never come across a twist this stupid.
NOPE. GENRE: A genre you will never read
The only one I can think of that I don’t see myself ever reading is Middle Grade.
NOPE. BOOK FORMAT: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition
I mean… I don’t do audiobooks because they never hold my attention, but thankfully I don’t need to wait for a different format to come out where those are concerned.
NOPE. TROPE: A trope that makes you go NOPE
Miscommunication as a plot device. If a huge plot point hinges on something that could be resolved if your characters would only talk to each other, then write better, maybe? (IMO this trope should only be used for comedy.)
NOPE. RECOMMENDATION: A book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read
People who know I love Greek mythology tend to recommend Percy Jackson a lot, but I don’t see myself reading those at any point. I think I would have loved them when I was 11, but at this point in my life I just can’t read children’s books or middle grade fiction. I can’t get past the ‘I’m too old for this’ feeling which admittedly I also feel with a lot of YA.
NOPE. CLICHE: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes
Characters stopping to make out in the middle of a dire situation. There’ll be time for that later, kids.
NOPE. LOVE INTEREST: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one
Matthias Helvar from Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom. Sorry, major unpopular opinion… but I think Nina is amazing and I think Matthias has the personality of a boiled potato. He is just so deeply boring to me.
NOPE. VILLAIN: A villain you would hate to cross
Ramsay Snow is pretty terrifying.
NOPE. DEATH: A character death that still haunts you
(In an effort to go one tag without mentioning A Little Life.) I’ll say Agnes in Burial Rites. (I don’t think it’s a spoiler that she dies because the premise of the book is that she’s been sentenced to death.) The way this death scene is written shook me very deeply.
NOPE. AUTHOR: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit
I absolutely detested See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt, mostly because of the writing style, so I don’t see myself picking up anything else she writes in the future.
Tagging whoever wants to do this!