I shamelessly stole this post from Literary Weaponry because I was unlikely to ever get tagged and I wanted to play anyway. Word Nerd Scribbles tends to feature only books that I liked enough to review (unless it’s one that truly pissed me off), so I think it’ll be fun to, for once, look at some books that I really don’t recommend. The tag’s originator can be found here.
A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.
The Death Cure by James Dashner
SPOILERS. Three entire books building up to the worst cop out solution I’ve seen. The stakes are high: sacrifice the main character or the world burns. Wait, the main character doesn’t want to sacrifice himself? Okay, here’s a utopia where he and his friends can have sex and re-start the world (I guess), like Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, except Eve (Teresa), the only girl, dies first. They’re fine. Everyone else is screwed.
A main character you dislike and that drives you crazy.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
I first read this series in high school and it may have been my first true introduction to YA urban fantasy. I loved the world and the side characters, but I cannot stand the main character, Clary Fray. Compared to the rest of the cast, she’s boring and I was more inclined to skip to the chapters featuring Simon than read anything about her.
A series that turned out to be a huge pile of nope after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
I made an actual genuine attempt to read Twilight for the sake of my little sister, who loves the series. We made a deal that for however many of the books I read, she would read one of my suggestions. I only got through the first book through sheer stubborn spite, because I found the pacing slow, the characters flat, and the events uninteresting. I will never finish the series.
A “ship” you don’t support.
I don’t ship 99% of the pairings I read. Next!
NOPE. plot twist:
A twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo pulled a seemingly small but gut-wrenching plot twist in the final installment of her Grisha Trilogy. I wasn’t ready. I had to go back and reread that section to make sure I understood it right. Then I had to text my friend to tell her how mad I was about it.
A genre you will never read.
Romance. It’s fine, it’s fine that other people like it. No worries. But the romance is never, ever the reason why I come to a story.
NOPE. book format:
A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
I can read books in a digital format, but I don’t want to. Also, I’d rather not read/own the movie cover edition.
A trope that makes you go NOPE.
Coming back to romance again: I can’t stand the trope of characters–whether longtime friends, longtime enemies, or just met–falling in love over the course of a handful of days. No one does that. Such a thing is infatuation at absolute best, but probably amounts to much deeper psychological problems.
I also despise when female characters make little to no discernible contribution to the plot and/or when the narrative contains no female characters. Looking right at you, J.R.R. Tolkein. Along the same lines, narratives that contain little to no diversity get an eye roll and a negative review from me.
A book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.
I’m resistant to most recommendations at first because, naturally, no one really knows my taste in books.
A cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
When a character sighs. Really, narrator? You want to describe them sighing? You couldn’t come up with something more interesting? When characters are exasperated or disappointed, I will take literally any other possible description.
NOPE. love interest:
A love interest that’s not worthy of being one.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Romanticized manipulative, abusive, gaslighting, outright jerks. The classic Byronic hero Heathcliff of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights embodies my intense dislike of this love interest trope. NOPE.
A book that shouldn’t have existed.
Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
The only thing this book has going for it is a lovely descriptive and syntactic style. I read the entire thing thinking surely prose this wonderful will amount to something in the end. But no. Nothing happened in this book.
Nothing happened in this book.
A villain you would hate to cross.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
While Kaz Brekker functions as an anti-hero, not a villain, he’s certainly the stuff of nightmares for society in his world. Out of every true villain I’ve ever read, I’d much rather cross them than Dirtyhands.
A character death that still haunts you.
Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins
I love the Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins and Gregor and the Code of Claw, the final installment, has my heart forever. But there’s a character death in this particular book that kills me every time I read it. I haven’t reread it in a long time, because I just can’t face my favorite character dying all over again.
An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.
The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore
I used to be really into this series. The first book, I Am Number Four, was so good. But then the writers of the series–collectively under ‘Pittacus Lore’–started rolling out extras and short-stories and the series dragged out, so I dropped it because between releases, I was losing track of everything happening in that universe.
Well, that was cathartic. 10/10 I recommend you try this nope book tag yourself.