The NOPE Book Tag!

A list of things I can’t stand in books.

Today I wanted to do something a little different (and maybe a little controversial! Gasp!). This book tag is the NOPE tag, where something in the book made you go “Nope!” and walk away (or try).

Let’s dive in and have a little fun!

  1. NOPE Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
    I have 2 winners for this one: My Sister’s Keeper and Clockwork Princess. I won’t tell you why, but I will say that it involved a “bait and switch” ending and a “you can have it all ways!” ending that I hated. But up until the ending I basically enjoyed them? Even though I’m never reading them again and actually gave them away.
  2. NOPE Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.I can’t really think of too many. If I don’t like the MC, I tend to quit the book. But protagonists who continue to do stupid things and don’t learn from them drive me crazy.
  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.Again, there are a few, but I don’t really want to call them out. But I already mentioned the Clockwork Princess books. I didn’t really enjoy that ending after all the energy I put into the series.
  4. NOPE Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.
    Honestly, I don’t follow too many ships, so I don’t really have any of these. But again, any “bad boy” paired with the MC. No thanks.
  5. NOPE Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
    I know there’s one there, I just can’t think of it right now…
  6. NOPE Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head.
    Usually decisions involving people who are kind of terrible people. This will come back in a later question, but basically that whole “bad boy” thing. Choosing a jerk over an actual genuinely nice person. Alternatively, any decision involving cheating. I hate affairs in books. They upset me.
  7. NOPE Genre: A genre you will never read.Erotic. No way, no sir. I don’t mind light romance or romance in the context of something else, but I’ve never been fond of the heavy scenes.
  8. NOPE Book format: Book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.Hardcover. I mean, I buy them if I absolutely, desperately need a book (or if I already have previous ones in the series in hardcover because come on, they have to match, am I right?), but my preference is paperback. And I actually love mass market paperbacks. They fit in my bag quite nicely.
  9. NOPE Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.I have a few, but the biggest are: manic pixie dream girl, love triangle, or nerd to beauty. I think the biggest, though, is the entitled misogynist. There are way too many of those out there. I don’t know if it’s technically a trope though…
  10. NOPE Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.I mean, I don’t think there are many that are constantly pushed at me. But I don’t have a ton of interest in vampire books, so Vampire Academy is out, and I don’t have a ton of interest in John Green. But I’m also not ruling them out in the future. So, eh?
  11. NOPE Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.”She let out the breath she didn’t know she was holding.” So many breaths she didn’t know about. Someone pointed it out once, and I can’t unsee it. Instant hatred for the paragraph.
  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.I don’t have a specific one because it pops up all over the place. Any love interest who is the “bad boy” or treats the MC like crap. Like, those kind of guys (or girls) really are crap. They don’t deserve the honor of love interest.
  13. NOPE Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.Certain ones make me angry for reasons, but I won’t deny them from people who like them. However, books that are plagiarized or have crappy authors (they are terrible people) I think shouldn’t exist.
  14. NOPE Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.I can’t think of a specific right now, other than Sylar from Heroes (not a book), but pretty much anyone who is just plain evil with no redeeming qualities. If you can’t at least understand the motivations, if they are evil for the sake of evil, then I think that’s pretty terrifying.
  15. NOPE Death: A character death that still haunts you.Harry Potter spoiler alert. But if you haven’t read them yet, you’re pretty late to the party. But Lupin. My poor Lupin.
  16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.I’m not going to call specific authors out. But this one was so poorly edited and proofread and so shallow and irritating… I wanted to like it. I really did. But I couldn’t do it, and the author is ruined for me. Actually, now that I think of it, this happened twice with two different authors. Tip for indie authors: hire editors. Please. For the love of all that is written.

And those are my answers! I came across this tag a while back and thought it would be a fun adventure. So talk to me in the comments: do you agree with any of my choices? Disagree? Do you have your own examples? Are you fiery with anger over one of these categories? Tell me!

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