This has take me a while to get around to, but here we are!! I was tagged by Emma from Emma’s chapter and her post is here.
This is a really interesting tag because a lot of focus is always put on everyone’s favourite books etc. so this should unearth a bit of critique. I did find it very hard to write because the books that I’ve spoken about I mostly love, and would recommend.
A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crap.
My Sister’s Keeper. Which is an odd one because I absolutely loved it. Without trying to spoil the ending, I wasn’t too pleased with how this ended. Plus, the film version has a completely different ending but lets not get into that one. For the whole book, we follow the struggle of Anna trying to win a lawsuit against her parents as her sister Kate wants to give up her fight with Cancer, and yet the book doesn’t seem to do her this justice. On the one hand, it is a nice, refreshing and uplifting positive spin on a cancer survival story, but also fairly brutal as the protagonist loses everything.
A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
Amy from Gone Girl. Now this is nothing against the book or the plot because her character has to be how she is in order for the plot to work properly, and in order to have the level of suspense and mystery that there was. But she is so extreme and a complete psychopath. From the same book I also dislike Nick for cheating on Amy, but together their traits created such an amazing read.
A series that turned out to be a huge pile of NOPE after you invested all that time and energy on it or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.
I didn’t give up on it, and I know this is a controversial one, but the Maze Runner series. They were recommended to me because I love the Hunger Games and Divergent, but Maze Runner didn’t need to be a four book series. I found it very repetitive, and definitely couldn’t read them again. I couldn’t even sit through the films. I feel that if I had read them when I was a little younger I may have enjoyed them, because they are aimed at early teens, but personally I will stick to Hunger Games and Divergent. My brother thoroughly enjoyed them, so I guess this is a matter of opinion.
A ‘ship’ you don’t support.
Goshhhh that’s a hard question. There are so many couplings that I support!! If I had to name one, probably Gale and Katniss from Hunger Games. The whole love triangle makes things very complicated and there is a lot of jealousy on Gale’s part. I think the love that Peeta has for Katniss for years is so cute, and the fact they get put together and form a team is a far greater love story than Gale an Katniss. It would have been nice for him to be the best friend that he was to her, and support her and Peeta rather than compete for a place in her heart. Showing friendships in books is just as important as showing relationships.
Nope: Plot Twist
A plot twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.
Again, a hard question because I love when a book takes me by surprise and something happens that I wouldn’t have predicted. I suppose, in the Mortal Instruments I didn’t see it coming that Clary and Jace were brother and sister because I shipped them so much, but I was so much happier when it was all revealed that they weren’t. Again though, I can’t criticise this happening because it was such a fundamental part of the plot. Also love these books so much I’ll be reviewing them soon.
A genre you will never read.
Urmm hard question because I like to think never say never. And I’ve tried out pretty much every book genre. One that I can never seem to get into is comedy: I’m very specific with what I find funny.
Nope: Book Format
A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
Probably E-books or audio-books. I use Ebooks on my Kindle only if I’m on the train/plane because it’s more convenient, but I prefer to have a physical book.
A trope that makes you go NOPE.
It has to be predictability. I dislike reading a book where I can more than likely predict what happens at the end of the story, especially before getting into the crux of the plot. I suppose this is most applicable to the mystery genre.
A book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.
This doesn’t really apply to me at the moment: I’m pretty much open to reading anything. When twilight came out years ago, I refused to read/watch it simply because of how hyped up it was, but after it all died down I did and loved it!
A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
For me it’s ‘popular’ guys getting with ‘unpopular girls’ or vice-versa. Like the negative ways in which their acquaintance starts out and then suddenly they’re together and their social differences shock everyone. It’s a cute idea but I don’t think it should be portrayed as such a shock: it kind of reinforces the idea of distinct social groups within schools and a lot of the time this isn’t the case.
Nope: Love Interest
A love interest that isn’t worthy of being one.
Urmmm, probably Devil Wears Prada. The interest between Emily and Christian. I can see how it fitted into the plot, but Christian clearly had no respect for the fact she was currently in a relationship so that should have told her something to begin with.
A book that shouldn’t have existed.
I can’t answer this question because I can’t think of one.
A villain you would hate to cross.
Voldemort. I don’t think I’d be as brave or as quick thinking as the characters are and would most probably end up being killed. He
always freaked me out too: the descriptions of him were quite haunting and very effective.
A character death that still haunts you.
Finnick. Rue. Prim. Boggs. The list goes on. I think my Hunger Games books were soaked by the time I’d finished them. Tragic losses that I had grown so attached to. The trilogy was so powerful that I became immersed with the lives of the characters and what they still had to live for in the future. The deaths were so sad, yet integral to the plot, I guess to exacerbate the dedication of each character to their cause.
An author you had a bad experience reading for and decided to quit.
Urmmmm again I can’t really say.I don’t tend to quit authors completely. I steer away for certain genres I won’t like (comedy) but so far, no bad experiences.