I grabbed these bookish questions from Kristian ~ anyone can play!
1. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.
Gone Girl comes to mind, but I still respect the writing. Not crappy! Just argh!
2. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
Dunno. Compellingly terrible protags are a good thing. Like in GG. The Sopranos. Game of Thrones. Etc. When they’re boring or too “Mary Sue,” then, Houston, we have a problem.
3. 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 four Game of Throne novels and the fourth was a hugely tedious slog. I’ve given up now and will just finish watching the wonderful show on HBO. Update: like everyone else, I was disappointed in the finale.
4. Popular pairing: A Ship you don’t support.
I love naughty Archy McNally in the Lawrence Sanders mysteries but I don’t support Connie’s forgiveness of him every time he cheats on her (pretty much every book). I get that he’s irresistible, but I want her to grow a spine!
5. Plot Twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
Can’t think of any except GG. If I didn’t see it coming, then that’s a good thing. Mostly in romance I see them, but that’s okay. They are popular because of the predictably happy endings, not in spite of them.
6. Protagonist action/decision that made you shake your head nope.
In The Dogs of Babel ~ why didn’t she just get an abortion? Loved the book, but I didn’t understand why she didn’t even consider a termination vs suicide. She wasn’t religious or anything.
7. Genre: A genre you will never read.
Never say never. Generally horror with the King exception. Religious stuff in general, unless it seems really interesting. I didn’t used to like science fiction or fantasy, but then dragons came along…
8. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
I’m not a huge fan of the wholly epistolary style. Unless it’s written by an expert, it can get pretty tedious.
9. A trope that makes you go nope.
Twins mix-up. Getting back with an ex (even though I’ve written this myself). Shape shifters of any kind (also have written some). Motorcycle club love. Military love. Love in the winery. Pirate love. The sexy blonde and the Native American guy. A woman returning to a small town for whatever reason and falls for the guy from high school who’s now the sheriff or whatever. Nazis.
10. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you refuse to read.
Books by politicians and other celebs. These people don’t have enough money? Plus, they probably didn’t even write the books themselves.
11. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
Excessive commas. Excessive exclamation points. The “as you know, Bob” info dump. Info dumps right at the beginning when you haven’t begun to care about the protagonist yet.
12. 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.
Can’t think of any. Doesn’t everyone deserve love? Well, except Nazis.
13. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say nope.
14. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
The Night King! (GOT)
15. Death: A character death that still haunts you.
Robb’s pregnant wife getting stabbed to death at the Red Wedding (GOT).
16. NOPE! Author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.
I can’t stand Nicholas Sparks. I don’t know why anyone reads him when there are plenty of good romance writers. He’s absolutely awful.
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