I saw this tag while looking through my WordPress Reader and thought it would be fun to vent about some of the books and tropes that bother me. Let’s do this!
I found this tag on Upside-Down Books. I highly recommend visiting her wonderful blog and showing it some love.
NOPE! Ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy
I’m still confused by the ending of this book! Argh…just thinking about it makes me angry. Such a waste of time!
NOPE! Protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy
I like the idea of the series but not the characters. They are all so horrible, manipulative and whiny. I couldn’t get behind any of them and stopped reading after the first book.
NOPE! Pairing: a “ship” you don’t support
I can understand the friendship between Alina and Mal, but a romantic relationship? THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO CHEMISTRY!!! Alina deserved so much more than what he could give her. And no, I don’t think Alina and the Darling should be a thing either. As much as I love the Darkling as a villain, that relationship would be nothing but toxic.
NOPE! Genre: a genre you will never read
Erotica is the only genre that I don’t have an interest in reading. I’ll pick up and enjoy adult romance novels, but books like Fifty Shades of Grey, etc. just aren’t my cup of tea.
NOPE! Book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition
A book is a book. I’m not picky. For the longest time, I avoided audiobooks because I didn’t see it as “real” reading. Well, now that I’ve tried a few, my thoughts have changed. I love them! If I really want to read a book the format of it won’t stop me from enjoying it.
NOPE! Trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE
Oh boy! I HATE instalove and love triangles. Why do so many YA books feature these tropes? They are usually unbelievable, muddle the plot and character development and don’t encourage the reader to become invested in the relationship between the characters. Slow burn romances are where it’s at people!!!
NOPE! Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read
After everything that was discussed about this book, why do I still see it on recommendation lists and posts? I won’t get into it here but do some research about how harmful this book is. Pick up a diverse read instead. You can find some great lists here and here.
NOPE! Cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes
Please refer above to my hatred of instalove and love triangles. I beg of authors….please stop using them!
NOPE! Love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one
I still don’t get the appeal of Aaron Warner. As time goes on, I’m beginning to look back at how horrible many YA love interests were. The relationships are very toxic! I just…is this what we think is romantic?
NOPE! Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed
It has a beautiful cover and that’s it. Soundless was boring and a terrible attempt by a white author to write a fantasy novel based on Chinese folklore. Plus, to make it even worse, the book is extremely ableist. I don’t recommend it!
NOPE! Villain: a villain you would hate to cross
The Commandant is one of the most cold-hearted characters I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t want to mess with her!
NOPE! Death: a character death that still haunts you
This broke me. If you’ve read The Deathly Hallows then you know what I’m talking about.
NOPE! Author: an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit
I really liked the first two books in the Throne of Glass series. However, Queen of Shadows was the beginning of the end for me. Sarah J. Mass just rubs me the wrong way now. What was with the ridiculous romantic subplots and the pointless killing off of the only diverse character?! Plus, by book 4, Celaena Sardothien, didn’t remotely resemble the character I grew to love. Also, don’t get me going on her glorification of abusive relationships. Argh!