Happy Monday, everyone! We’ve all read those books that are basically one big nope, and thankfully we’ve found a tag to talk about them! We’re not sure who started or created this tag, but the credit goes out to them for making up the questions!
1. NOPE Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
Allegiant because that was a disaster. The dual perspectives were unnecessary and too similar, and the ending was just uncalled for.
2. NOPE Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
Andi from Zenith, the whole book drove me crazy, Andi was just a part of it. – Ashley
America from The Selection series because she was so oblivious and made some stupid choices. – Katie
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.
The Maze Runner because I ended up enjoying the movies way more. – Katie
The Knife of Never Letting Go was good, but it was a lot to take in for an introduction to a series. – Ashley
4. NOPE Popular pairing: A ship you don’t support.
Dorian and Celaena because no. I love my baby Chaol too much to support that. – Katie
I can’t come up with anything, I ship it all. – Ashley
5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
There are a couple moments in The Cruel Prince that we didn’t see coming, and we don’t want to spoil anything. Go read it!
6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.
Anytime Juliette denied herself of Warner in the Shatter Me series. Her willpower is stronger than ours ever would be.
7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.
Erotica/Romance, it’s not our thing.
8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
We don’t hate e-books, but we don’t prefer to read them. We love hardcovers, and that’s typically what we purchase.
9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
The “lost princess”, everyone seems to come from royalty and save the world without knowing until the end – Katie
I’m not sure if it’s a trope, but the “thing” where one character decides he/she is doing “what’s best” for another character is bullshit. You have no right to make decisions like that doe someone else. – Ashley
10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
Fifty Shades, just on principle.
11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
The breath holding bullshit, I can’t take it anymore. Just stop using it. – Katie
I hate when an author finds an uncommon synonym for a common word and then uses it over and over and over again. Like in To Kill A Kingdom, Christo uses “shingle” to describe the bottom of the sea floor on page one….and then almost every page after that. Get a thesaurus. – Ashley
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.
Adam from the Shatter Me series, he’s not a nice person to Juliette, and even his love for his brother can’t redeem him in my eyes. – Katie
Di from Heart of Iron because he’s literally not a human being. He’s a robot, and it’s weird. – Ashley
13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
Handbook for Mortals, you guys know the story here. – Katie
Midnight Sun because I’m confused how it isn’t a rip off of Everything, Everything. – Ashley
14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
Osaron from A Darker Shade of Magic series, that thing is a demon. – Ashley
I can’t come up with just one. To be completely honest, I doubt I’d hold up well against any villain. – Katie
15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.
Sirius Black, we’ll never get over it.
16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.
I have a couple authors that I’ve read and previously enjoyed their books, only to find out they or the author themselves were wildly problematic. I’d consider those bad experiences for sure. – Katie
Jenny Han for me, she was the author that made me realize I hate reading contemporaries. – Ashley
And that’s it! Feel free to tag yourselves and answer these questions. We’d love to see your “nope” responses!