1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
Time’s Divide – book three of The Chronos Files – by Rysa Walker. The ending was such a copout. The main girl didn’t have to make any tough decisions, the villains quietly and nicely took each other out so she and her boyfriend could keep their hands clean. Same reason I was kind of ticked off at the ending to The Lunar Chronicles.
2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
Harry Potter. I don’t want to get into why, because I don’t want to get into an argument/discussion over why. But, Harry Potter.
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.
Oh, so very many. I could probably have an entire post of final books in a series that made me hate the series just a little. Or final books that were a HUGE letdown. The Galahad series by Dom Testa were the first ones to leap to mind. The series started a slow downward spiral after the first two books, but the series finale went out with a whimper. There was no closure and no payoff for surviving six books. I also wound up very disappointed with the finale to Feyland by Anthea Sharp. But, I think the cake may be taken by The Legend of Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore. I’ve read ten of the books out of (currently) a total of thirty that are published and … well, I don’t hate it, but I wish I could have about seven of those books back to read something else instead because they were annoying.
4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.
Aldrik and Vahalla from the Air Awakens series by Elise Kova. I will admit, in the first book I had a bit of a thing for Aldrik and liked Vahalla a lot. I thought they were both okay in the second – but by the third book, him calling her a ‘slut’ to her face in a very insulting – non-joking, non-sexy – kind of way ruined that and caused me to drop the series. This series focuses so much on the romance that if I can’t like the couple I can’t read the book and, honestly, the fact that Aldrik is still liked by anyone is painful.
5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
A certain dead/not dead situation in The Great Library series by Rachel Caine. I thought killing a specific character off was brilliant and gutsy and separated this series from the generic YA spec fiction wherein no one ever dies. However, they really weren’t dead. We mourned for them along with the characters, but then we find out that our emotions were manipulated and not played fair with and at least the characters have someone they can be angry at. Who do use readers have? (The second in the series was a DNF because of this.)
6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.
Every. Single. Decision. Avery West makes in The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall. I’ll just give you a brief glimpse of the choice she makes to start the story going. Avery meets Jack, a classmate of hers, and finds a photograph of her that she doesn’t know was taken in his bag. She follows him and hears him talking with an accent on his phone. He asks her to prom and she goes solely to meet him, without telling her single parent mother where she’s going or who she’s going with and after she promised her mother that she wouldn’t go and she definitely wouldn’t go with Jack. There, she meets Stellan, Jack’s ‘friend’. Stellan then pulls a knife on her and threatens her, trys to drag her away with him. She briefly struggles but stops when everyone turns to look at her because she ‘doesn’t want to make a scene’. She then willingly (no threats, manipulation or coercion) agrees to get on a plane with stalker a and serial killer b – I mean, Jack and Stellan without telling her mom that she’s even leaving, much less where she’s going or with whom. She has no passport – the guys don’t care and tell her it’s not a big deal – and she flies with them on their plane from the US to France. Where she will be effectively stuck if the guys abandon her because she has no passport. And that’s just the decision she makes to get the plot jumpstarted. She makes plenty of other TSTL choices.
7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.
I don’t really have a ‘nope’ genre. I have read things in every genre, I think, and can at least see things I’d like in each of them. If I were to pick one that I have to be very selective with, it’d be horror. And those strange horror/mystery crosses that I call thrillers (even if that’s not the right term). I’m also not a fan of contemporary f/m romances.
8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.
Don’t have one at all. I’m not even really sure I have a preference anymore. I just wish they were all the same size. Like all trade paperbacks were the same height, all YA paperback, all hardcovers, ect. (Which is one great thing about ebooks!) Because my shelves are starting to seriously look funny with all the staggering heights. If I’m pretty certain I’ll love the book, I would rather have a physical copy than a digital one, but that doesn’t always work out.
9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
Any abusive, unequal or manipulative romance trope. I like my romances to be nice and pleasant and, above all, healthy. I hate people that manipulate others through their emotions, ones that are possessive and domineering and basically any time one person thinks they are better than their love interest. I’m also not really a fan of the ‘I have loved you since we were young but you never noticed me but by the end of the story we are totally together’ because it feels like it was simply one character being ‘rewarded’ with their love interest and/or because no story is complete without romance by the author didn’t want to take the time to actually create a good romance. (Pretty much about half the romance tropes are a NOPE for me. Which is why I often say I’d rather read a book with no romance.)
10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
Ever single time I do a search for gay fantasy romance, Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat crops up. I won’t read it. There’s plenty of books that I vaguely consider (or can never quite remember why I passed on) that I would read long before this one. I’ve done my research on this book – plenty of it – and I will say as far as I’m concerned, this is romanticized rape and abuse.
11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
Referring to a character as ‘the younger’ when you have two of the same gender in a scene – when there is a negligible age difference. As I type this, I’m reading a book that constantly does this between the two main guys and the age difference is a year. It’s not bad if the age difference is physically noticeable. A character referred to by their profession. (Gets even better if we’re in a kiss or sex scene.) Referring to a character by their hair color when we know their name. Referring to POC by their skin tone or nationality. Pretty much anything that makes it sound like the author doesn’t want to use the character’s name. They were given a name for a reason. Use it. Also, constantly referring to a character’s eye color. Yes, I get it, his eyes are the same blue as the binding of the book you’re holding. Now stop it! (*cough*The Clockwork Angel*cough*)
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.
Mal from The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. He is a total slug that hates the fact that his best friend, Alina is stronger than him, shames her for it and isn’t interested in her romantically until it seems like she won’t always be there waiting on his beck-and-call. And this pains me because I liked Alina a lot, the story was fun and I couldn’t read past the first book because I purposely spoiled myself as to her relationship status at the end of the series.
13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book that I said shouldn’t have existed. I’m trying to think of one that I thought gave the wrong message to such a degree that the world would be a better place without it and…I’m seriously coming up with nothing. There are books I don’t understand why the author chose to write the way they did, books that I personally would have been happier not reading, but I can’t honestly say I’ve ever finished a book and thought ‘it shouldn’t have existed’. Now, I’m sure there are some out there that I’d say that about but, luckily, I’ve managed to avoid them.
14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
The absolute only one I can think of is Levana from the Lunar Chronicles because that woman was batshit insane. And it was all because she wasn’t loved enough. Oh, you poor dear. [/sarcasm] If the villain is complicated, I have a pretty decent chance of liking them at least as much as the hero/protagonist.
15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.
Is it bad that I can’t even remember the guy’s name? Anyway, there was this one character in The Moonshae trilogy by Douglas Niles that I adored. He was the best character there. He also had romance-y feelings for the main guy’s love interest. So, they killed this character off in the most painful, humiliating way I’ve ever read, just so we all knew he wasn’t a hero truly worth the girl. Blech.
16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.
Sarah J. Maas was the first one to leap to my mind. I loved Throne of Glass, hated the sequel and from what I’ve heard about her writing, probably will never read her work again. There’s plenty of other authors whose book would have to be pretty nearly perfect for me before I’d say I’d read their work again, too.
Well, this was fun and I totally tag anyone that wants to do it. Seriously, do it: it’s always fun to talk about things you dislike.