Sup homies. I’ve seen this tag around the bookiverse and thought I’d do it. No, I wasn’t tagged by anyone. I’m sorry, did you think I was popular? You are mistaken. #StabCaesar
1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought Allegiant by Veronica Roth was absolute garbage. If you haven’t read this series and don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read the rest of my answer.
When an author kills off the main character, there is usually a reason for it. It usually makes sense. The plot cannot move along or be resolved until it happens. Harry Potter had to die in order to kill Lord Voldemort. Ned Stark had to die in order to set Westeros on a one way path to destruction. Jon Snow had to die in order to be freed of his Night’s Watch vows, among other reasons. Tris Pryor had to die because…. wait. I can’t think of a reason. BYE.
2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
Juliette from the Shatter Me series. What a helpless, insecure, annoying, cliché-ridden, Mary Sue. I would have tolerated it had she grown into her character and become more sure of herself as the book went on, but that didn’t happen. Also, 20 points from Hufflepuff for oogling the enemy.
3. 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.
I read the first 20 pages or so of Fifty Shades of Grey, and gave up. And by gave up, I clearly mean: threw my book out the window into a lake.
4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.
Tessa and Jem from the Infernal Devices. “Ermagerd, Tessa has two true loves and can be with both of them.” Shhhhhh, quiet time. Nothing against Jem, I just shoved his drug addicted butt into the friendzone the first chance I got. After they got together I was like
5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
I am a very perceptive person, so I tend to see plot twists coming from a mile away. I don’t want to give anything away, but Everything You Want Me to Be COMPLETELY threw me. I spent half the book thinking the murderer was someone else, and it ended up being someone I wrote off right away. This is not a nope, but a WHAAAAAT. I didn’t see that coming.
6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.
Sixteen year-old VIRGIN Jennifer Cloud, in the novel The Shoes Come First, sleeps with a man she has known for a total of 5 minutes because “he was hot.” #BYEFELICIA
7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.
Erotica. Sex is fine if it’s part of a relationship, but if that is all the book is about… I’ll pass.
8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition
None. Why would I pass up a book in any form?????
9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
Love triangles, insta-love, bad boy goes good, the Mary Sue, miscommunication, romanticizing abuse… I could go on for days. Good thing I already made a brief post about this.
10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
I will never read Twilight. Period. Over my dead, or undead, body.
11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
Information dumping. Please do not tell me everything there is to know about your dystopian society in the first 20 pages. 1) I will not retain any of this information. 2) I will spend the rest of the book confused about who, what, where, when, and most importantly, WHY.
12. 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.
Christian Grey, for obvious reasons.
13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
Fifty Shades of Grey.
14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
Bellatrix LeStrange. I think she’s the scariest Potter villain, hands down. She’s also one of my favorite villains of all time.
15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.
Fred Weasley deserved better.
16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.
Nicholas Sparks. I’ve read one book of his and even that was too much.