WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN SOME RESPONSES
I've been tagged by Karo over at WyrdGurls to complete this tag. Although she has absolutely horrid opinions about Christopher Paolini, I still love my best blogosphere friend, and you should go shower her blog with some love!
With no other preamble, away we go!
A book ending that made you go NOPE in denial or rage, or simply because the ending was crappy. [SPOILERS]
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella is about a teenage girl who is learning to cope with severe social anxiety induced by trauma. Though this is such a difficult experience for Audrey, Kinsella still manages to keep the atmosphere light and full of fun banter. Regardless, what Audrey is trying to go through is very serious, and for the most of the beginning, Kinsella takes it seriously. Audrey attends therapy sessions, discusses her coping methods with the reader, and gleans support from her family. I won't get into my opinions on how her family is written her... because we will be here for quite awhile.
Anyway, Audrey is dealing with mental illness, and doing what she can to heal from the trauma she had endured. That is, until her brother invites over a friend, Linus. Then, suddenly Audrey has no problem doing all of the things she struggles with throughout the beginning of the book. She takes off her dark sunglasses, makes eye contact easily, spends time alone with Linus, leaves her house to go on dates with him, and even comes to face the people who perpetuated her traumatic experience.
I hated how this book ended. Not only did Kinsella use a boy to just magically erase Audrey's mental illness, he did it in a ridiculously short amount of time by doing... NOTHING?! I can't stand when real mental illness is used as some cheap plot device to kick start a romance. A person with social anxiety can't just shed that skin within seconds because a cute boy walked into the room. If you are an author writing about mental illness, have some respect to the people for whom this thing is a reality for. Do some research. Handle it correctly. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.
A main character you dislike, who drives you crazy.
Ooh... this opinion may sting some of you. I love The Diviners (or the two books I've read so far), but don't think for a moment that I like Evie O'Neill. This series has such an otherwise vibrant and well-developed cast of characters, all of which I love deeply. However, we spend most of our time with the most shallow human I've ever read and her entourage that doubles as her love triangle. Ugh. Evie has no common sense. No sense of empathy towards her "loved" ones. No foresight for the consequences of her actions. Worst of all... she never learns after she experiences these consequences. She just continues to flip her hair and flounce around in her flapper dress. Give me a break.
A “ship” you don’t support. [SPOILERS]
I told myself I wouldn't touch the obvious "noped" books for this tag... but we really need to talk about Twilight here. Yes, yes, Bella and Edward have an extremely unhealthy and unrealistic relationship. That's all fine and dandy, I suppose. They are both consenting to be in the toxic mess they call love.
Do you know who isn't consenting to being stuck with a controlling ass from the moment she was born? Renesme. Everyone talks about how unhealthy Bella and Edward's relationship is, but NO ONE cares that Jacob has fallen in love with a BABY?! I don't care how you word it or try to explain away Jacob imprinting with Renesme. Yes, it's more like fatherly love as she is a child. However, even Bella admits that the relationship will eventually lead to intercourse as Renesme gets older. DISGUSTING! How are we supposed to be comfortable with a grown man AND her mother looking at an infant and thinking about that child's sex life in the making. I can't with this one. I really can't. Stephanie Meyer bred a child to be stuck with one person for the rest of her life-mind, body, and soul. I hate it.
NOPE! Plot Twist:
A twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.
I could probably put every mystery/thriller YA novel here because yikes. However, I'll just focus on one of the worst books I've read in this genre: Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten. This plot twist was so poorly developed and executed, that I almost thought I was reading a different book in a different genre halfway through. An extremely mediocre mystery turned into a really, really badly developed cult novel. Everything about this book was nope.
A genre you will never read.
I'm not sure there's a specific genre I won't read, but there are some books I just don't reach for often. For instance, it's not a genre, but I've disliked every mermaid/siren book I've ever picked up, so I pretty much nope all of them now.
As to an actual genre... I suppose my answer would be romance. I'm not against romances in the books I read. In fact, I do enjoy them when done well. The romances just can't be the main plot. It can't be all that fuels the story. Romance as a genre, I tend to just nope. However, I have been experimenting with the genre lately because I hate to say blanket statements like "I hate romances" before I really explore the concept. There may be a certain breed of romance novels out there for me.
NOPE! Book Format:
Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
Deckled. Edges. Screw them and everything they stand for.
I can't stand deckled edges and their failure to be neat. I'm especially upset when I find stunning covers for my favorite classic, just to find out the edges are deckled. I settle for slightly less pretty covers to avoid them.
A trope that makes you go NOPE.
As an avid fantasy reader, I can't say this makes me definitively go "nope," but euro-centric medieval settings in high fantasy are getting exhausted. JRR Tolkein fathered this kind of high fantasy, and now every writer thinks that their high fantasy must revolve around chainmail, horseback riding, women in dresses whilst being oppressed, and European styled villages and castles. I don't hate these books, especially when an author manages to put a fresh twist on things. But really, it's time we start acknowledging the inspiration just waiting to be tapped in all of the amazingly rich cultures throughout time and regions. Stop beating the dead horse, and step away from euro-centric worlds. High fantasy authors, I'm begging you!
A book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.
Easy, Red, White and Royal Blue. The reasoning is quite simple, I barely read romances as is. If I'm going to read a queer romance, I'm going to make it an own voices. I'm rather disappointed that this is the one that got the hype out of all of the own voices m/m romances in the world.
A cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
I know this one has been mentioned time and time again by many people, but if I read another variation of "I released a breath I didn't realize I was holding" I might scream! I actually have a running word doc naming every book I read with the line, the project is fueled by unnecessary spite. It's like all of the air is let out of a balloon when I read it, and I actually roll my eyes every time I come across it. It's not that clever of a line. You can be a real author without putting it in your book, just saying...
NOPE! Love Interest:
The love interest who’s not worthy of being one. [SPOILERS]
There was no room in The Hunger Games trilogy for ANY romance. No team Peeta. No team Gale. None. Zip. Nada.
I will always maintain that Katniss is aroace. No one can tell me otherwise. She is a strong woman who has come to love being independent. I'm fairly certain she wasn't aware of a competition for her hand between Gale and Peeta until the night she overheard them arguing over her (behind her back, because she apparently doesn't get a choice in the matter!) She was far more concerned with LITERALLY EVERYTHING ELSE GOING ON! I think she only "chose" one of the boys (again, they pretty much decided for her!) out of necessity. She was too tired to keep fighting the norms of her society, and I think being the independent woman she wanted to be was one fight too many. It breaks my heart.
While we are at it, screw Gale. He and Katniss have been friends almost their whole lives. They have struggled through some of the most difficult times of their lives together. They depended on each other to stay alive, literally. You can't go through so much together, and be able to step out of Katniss's life so seamlessly because you didn't "win" her. NOPE!
A book that shouldn’t have existed.
I suppose everyone should have the right to put whatever they want into the world, because producing art is sacred to human autonomy. However, if I could unread one book and pretend it never existed in my life? Easy. Snuffed by Chuck Palahniuk. I opened this bad boy hoping for the quality twists and turns I got from Fight Club. What I got instead was 208 pages of men coating themselves in bronzer, watching porn, eating chips, and jerking off all in one big sweaty humid room. Yum...
A villain you would hate to cross. [Spoilers]
The scariest and most powerful villain is one that can use your own fears against you before you even know them. Pennywise from It happens to be a master at this. It was one of few horror novels to actually make me squirm in discomfort in my seat. Pennywise can shape-shift and manifest into the most gruesome and twisted forms. The psychological games he plays are unmatched. If I came across him, I'd nope right out of there as fast as I can. I'd do it ESPECIALLY before the underage orgy, which is even more disturbing than anything Pennywise did throughout the book.
A character death that still haunts you. [SPOILERS]
Brom's death in Eragon by Christopher Paolini hurt me more than any death I've ever read. However, reading his death wasn't even the most painful part of it all. It was when Eragon learned he had buried his own father THREE BOOKS LATER!!! Many a tear has been shed over Brom. Many more tears were shed over young Eragon, who longed to know his father while he was actually riding alongside him the entirety of book one. A whole lot of ouch there...
An author you had a bad experience with and have decided to quit.
I've two answers here: Nicolas Sparks and John Green. I haven't properly enjoyed a book by either author after many tries. I know people love them, but I will not try them again in the foreseeable future.