WARNING: This post contains major spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
I’ve seen the nope book tag flying around a bit on WordPress and I thought I’d give it a try myself! Honestly though, I think this tag might be kind of challenging for me as I tend to be pretty easily pleased with what I read. However, the tag looks like so much fun that I couldn’t resist attempting it.
- NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
This prompt instantly reminded me of a conversation I was having with the lovely Brooklyn yesterday about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Like a lot of fans, my hopes were CRAZY high for Cursed Child, and I found a lot of the wackier plot points to be quite silly (the Trolley Witch is some kind of immortal monster?? Harry and Ginny are on a sugar free diet?? WTF??). But the biggest disappointment for me was that Albus and Draco did not end up together. They were clearly perfect for one another, and I don’t think fans were imagining the romantic tension between them. Also, one of my few complaints about the main Harry Potter series is the lack of diversity, and I feel like this is something JKR could have taken steps toward addressing in Cursed Child.
2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
I’ve recently become a massive Cassandra Clare fan, but she has one character who absolutely drives me nuts: Jace Herondale. Though I’ve started to warm up to him more recently, I still find his arrogance and sarcasm extremely irritating. Personally, I prefer a more humble character.
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.
Let me begin by saying that I absolutely love Tahereh Mafi’s writing style, and I really enjoyed the first book in the Shatter Me series. However, I really didn’t like where the series went. It made sense for protagonist Juliette to not know anything about the outside world while she was locked away in an asylum, but once she was free I feel like the world building really should have started. Instead, both the reader and Juliette continue to know basically nothing about The Reestablishment, except that it’s evil and needs to be destroyed. It was really hard to empathise with Juliette’s plan to topple The Reestablishment when I felt I didn’t know enough about them to hate them.
4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.
Aelin and Rowan from the Throne of Glass series. Rowan is absolute trash, I prefer Aelin with Sam, or Chaol. Even Dorian, who I see as much more a friend to Aelin than a love interest, would be a better choice than Rowan. Simply put, Aelin is such an amazing and strong character, and I feel she deserves SO MUCH better than a guy who punches her in the face for insulting his queen.
5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
This is another prompt that instantly brought Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to mind for me. In particular, the twist in which Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange had a child together. I just don’t think it’s plausible. I can accept that Bellatrix had romantic feelings for Voldemort, but Voldemort was a loner who had no interest in human relationships. It doesn’t even make sense that Voldemort wanted a child to continue his legacy – he thought he’d live forever because of his Horcruxes. Also Bellatrix showed no signs of being pregnant during the scene at Malfoy Manor in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Ultimately though, this tweet summarises my feelings on the big plot twist:
6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.
By the end of The Mortal Instruments series, I loved Clary Fray. But she made a whole lot of bad decisions in the first few books. Also, what did she see in Jace?! (Sorry, I know that one’s an unpopular opinion!)
7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.
I wouldn’t say never, but sci fi is a genre that doesn’t appeal to me at all. Dystopian also feels quite played out at the moment. I tend to love books are somewhat nature themed, like The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, or The Raven Cycle – whereas sci fi and dystopian books tend to be set in ruined, or futuristic environments, which I find dull.
8. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
I know this is a lazy answer, but I really don’t care about formatting, I’ll read anything.
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9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
Love triangles. With the only exception being The Infernal Devices.
10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
I’ve seen so much hype for Flame in the Mist, but I just couldn’t get into it. I read the first few chapters and they were just so dull. I wanted to love it, I really did, but the writing style just felt so flat for me.
11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
The manic pixie dream girl aiding the male protagonist on his journey to self-realisation. Women are people, not plot devices.
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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.
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow is quite easily one of the most intense books I’ve ever read. It’s dark, gritty, and painfully real. Protagonist Charlie has an insanely hard life, which is only made worse when she meets love interest Riley. Charlie has a penchant for self destruction, so it makes perfect sense for her to be attracted to him, as Riley is absolute TRASH. He’s the worst love interest since Rowan Whitethorn. First of all, he’s a total creeper who needs to find a girl his own age to date (Charlie is 17, he’s 28). And secondly he just makes Charlie’s life so much harder. Girl in Pieces is largely about Charlie trying to get her life in order, she doesn’t need some loser asking her to buy him drugs.
13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
Caraval. I know it’s got a lot of fans, but I was bored from the very first page. The writing style just didn’t click with me – I couldn’t relate to any of the characters and the story was predictable.
14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
Bellatrix Lestrange and Sebastian Morgenstern were the first two that came to mind. They’re both so unpredictable and sadistic.
15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.
Sirius Black and Fred Weasley.
16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.
I know it’s a boring answer, but I really can’t think of one! Like I said at the beginning of this post, I tend to like a lot more books than I dislike, so I’d have to be personally offended by something an author wrote to turn away from them completely.
Thanks for reading, everyone! Let me know if you agree / disagree / have any further thoughts or comments xx