Blogmas 2020 Tags

The Nope Book Tag

Welcome to day 8! I’m still here, still working through it. As always if you search Blogmas 2020 on my blog all the posts will come up or at the bottom of this post I’ve linked to yesterdays. So today I’m doing another tag, The Nope Book tag. I found this tag on dreamland book blog and it was created by the farah project on YouTube. I think this’ll be a lot of fun to do and It’ll probably be very controversial but 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 Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. The beginning of this book was so good but it seemed to go downhill so quickly, the whole second half was just so bad. Especially the ending, it made me hate an otherwise ok book. What makes this worse is it was Collins’ chance to prove that a book about the villain could be good, I was so optimistic! 

NOPE. Protagonist.

A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.  

Winston Smith from 1984 by George Orwell. I think this is a pretty obvious one, Smith is so easy to hate. I’m pretty sure he’s written to be hated. He’s annoying and rude and his whole character is trustrating. 

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. 

All the Wrong Questions Series by Lemony Snicket. So if you’ve been here for 5 seconds you’ll know I love Series of Unfortunate Events, I love it so much in fact I let someone stick a needle into me millions of times just above my ankle to prove it, so when I saw that Snicket had a prequel series I was so excited but so disappointed. The series was so disappointing, I only got to book 2 and then gave up. I do want to try it again, I think if I gave it another go I would enjoy it but then maybe I’m just forcing myself?

NOPE. Popular pairing. 

A “ship” you don’t support.

Katniss and Peeta. Oh my god I hate them so much, she was portrayed as such a strong woman and Peeta just drags her down! She should have been left alone, given her own space to grow rather then be struck in some pointless love triangle 

NOPE. Plot twist.

A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like. 

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks had the biggest plot twist ever though I’m still not 100% sure it was a good or a bad one. But I can definitely say i had no idea it was coming. If you’ve read it you’ll know.

NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: 

A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE. 

Everything single decision made in the Paranormalcy Series by Evie. She really was the worse ever. 

NOPE. Genre.

A genre you will never read.

So this is an interesting one. I’ve been trying to get into adult contemporary romance and it just really isn’t my thing, I can’t seem to find any job in it! 

NOPE. Book format. 

Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

There really isn’t a format I won’t buy but I really dislike tall hardbacks. They’re just so annoying and cumbersome. 

NOPE. Trope. 

A trope that makes you go NOPE. 

Hmm. I really can’t think of one that I just hate.

NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve. 

A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Probably Deus ex Machina. I hate this so much and I think it shows a lazy writer, to write a character into a brick wall is like putting yourself into checkmate. I could go on for hours and hours about this honestly… maybe another time. 

NOPE. Recommendation.

A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read. 

Definitely The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. I have nothing at all about this book but it’s a no brainer that I just won’t enjoy it so it’s not really worth trying. Though it’s been recommended so many times, I’ve even recommended it at work because I know people like it. 

NOPE. Love interest.

The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

See NOPE. Ships for the answer. Peeter 100%.

NOPE. Book. 

A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE. 

The Beach by Alex Garland. I don’t think it shouldn’t exist but it’s definitely one of the worse books I’ve ever read.

NOPE. Villain. 

A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Not so much scary but I definitely hate him. Honestly, I’ve never wanted to slap anyone so much in all my life. 

NOPE. Death.

A character death that still haunts you.

The End by Lemony Snicket. Oh my god ever part of that book haunts me, especially the deaths in it, every single one. If you know you know. 

NOPE. Author.

An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

There aren’t any authors actually, the way I see it is an author can have a bad turn but then crank out 10 amazing books. So my advice is even if you’ve had a bad experience, give them one more chance, they deserve that from you. 


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