SO… bit of a problem. I began writing this post a very long time ago, even months before I left on what turned out to be a 9 month long hiatus. Nowhere did I write down who, if anyone, tagged me in this. Now I have no idea! I’ve tried finding it back but I’ve had no luck. So I’m sorry to the maybe person who tagged me, feel free to reach out to me if you’re out there reading this!
This tag was originally created by Farah @The Farah Project on Youtube and its aim is to vent about all things that make you want to say NOPE. Who doesn’t enjoy just ranting about stuff every once in a while. Let’s go!
A book ending that made you go nope either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.
When the entire book builds up to a grand finale but the ending is rushed.
Things are going wrong, people are in danger. How will it end?! I need to know! You keep flipping the pages until there is almost nothing left. But where is the ending? BAM. There it is. Everything wrapped up in a few pages. Are you telling me I read this ginormous book and that’s all I’m getting for closure? Was there a deadline? Did you run out of pages? Did you get bored? UGH. NOPE.
A main character you dislike and drives you insane.
Any character that is naïve to unbearable extents.
There is nothing wrong with being naïve or confused. I can be naïve sometimes and am definitely confused most times. It’s fine. However, with some characters, it seems like it never ends. In every conversation, at every plot point, we are reminded of their cluelessness. It gets particularly annoying when the situation is not that complicated or difficult to understand. Are you really surprised that the thief stole your purse when you weren’t looking? Oh, you didn’t expect him to do that because you thought he changed? You thought he changed his ways because he smiled at you 5 minutes ago and a thief wouldn’t do that? Well. Great.
A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. A series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.
Honestly. I give up on most series. Rather, I try to start as little series as possible. Series are my one true enemy because I can NEVER seem to finish them. The only series I’ve ever finished are Harry Potter and the Miss Peregrine’s series (which they have recently added new books to so technically there is more to read and I haven’t even finished… but I’m just doing to pretend there are only 3 books). I didn’t even finish the last book of the Hunger Games series! I always forget what happens and I never like the second book. Harry Potter is basically my only exception. YOU. ARE. THE ONLY EXCEPTION!
A ‘ship’ you don’t support.
Why do people always have to get involved in other people’s ships? Stay on your own ship, matey. Make sure it doesn’t sink! You like that one? Yeah, me neither…
A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
What is nope about not seeing a plot twist coming? That’s actually the point of plot twists right? I think this question is a bit weird. Maybe it’s just me. I hate plot twists that I DO see coming. Especially when you predict it early on because the ‘clues’ are not really that subtle. And then they keep hinting at the thing that you already know but act like its still a mystery. *giant eyeroll*
A Protagonist decision that made you shake your head nope.
Any parent in books that decides to do something incredibly dumb and irresponsible, that could totally have been avoided, when their child is near or could be affected by it. Just be smarter please. Thank you.
A genre you will never read.
Like I’ve said in other tags, there isn’t really a genre I would not be willing to try. Maybe just romance books about dating dads or dad’s friend or dad’s co-worker or dad’s whatever. Why would I come up with something so specific? Because on fathers day I searched “dad” on Goodreads to look for funny titles with dad in it and half of the results were trashy romance books with titles like “my dad best friend” and even “my new step-dad”. NOOOOOOOOPE! I’m out. See ya.
A book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
Those ridiculously large paperbacks. Seriously. Why do they need to be that large? It’s not like the font gets any bigger, so it doesn’t help with that. Do they think that making their book huge will make it stand out from other books in the store or something? There are other ways my friend.
A trope that makes you go nope.
People wondering what other people are thinking but not asking them… so they don’t understand each other.
Why do these characters not just speak their mind? Why don’t they just ask? No, it will be so much fun if they don’t say anything because then the reader will get frustrated with the characters not knowing stuff. So we just get pages upon pages of characters wondering and speculating how someone feels or what someone is thinking. Damn it! Stop wondering and JUST ASK.
A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
Nobody pushes me to read anything. It’s sad actually.
A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
Descriptions of people or things that do not make sense. I’m fine with using a flowery, detailed description of something. But the words have to mean something. I have to actually be able to imagine what it would be like to experience what you are describing. He smells like a foggy winter night sprinkled with sparkles? WHAT. DOES. THAT. MEAN?!?!? What the hell does fog smell like???
The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.
Now that is just mean. Not worthy of being a love interest? Everyone deserves to be someone’s love interest. Even shitty people ❤
A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
Again. That just sounds mean. But I’m going with any book that represents or portrays something that is hard to understand if you are not in specific that situation yourself, that is written by someone that is not in that situation and also didn’t take the time to do extensive research/take notes from people who ARE in that situation.
A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
I’d probably be very intimidated by Kaz from the Six of Crows series. If I saw him and his crew walking the streets I would probably run and hide somewhere. Then again I would also love to sit down with Kaz and try to talk to him about his feelings and motives. Tricky situation.
A character death that still haunts you.
Why would anyone read my answer to this question if I actually mentioned a character death? Spoilers aren’t cool. But generally speaking, deaths that always affect me most are those involving children. They had their whole life ahead of them. They did nothing wrong. SO. SAD.
An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.
Though I really loved Jennifer Niven’s writing style, I don’t think I would pick up any of her books after being so so so disappointed by All the Bright Places. It felt like she used depression as something to build a romance upon rather than exploring the topic with care. It just did not sit well with me. You can read my review for it if you want to know more.
And anyone else who might be reading this and wants to do the tag.
Consider yourself tagged by me!
Let’s continue to talk nope’s in the comments.
What are your biggest nope moments? Something that made you want to fling your book at a wall?
I want to know all your biggest nope’s. Give me all the nope’s!