The Nope Tag!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Let’s have a nice alternative to all that mushy hearts and romance crap with…the Nope Tag! Thank you so much to the lovely Orangutan Librarian for tagging me!

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1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

There’s tons of terrible endings to books but I really disliked the way that the Life of Pi finished. I THOUGHT I WAS READING AN INTERESTING BOOK NOT WATCHING DALLAS!

2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Pretty much everyone in the Casual Vacancy was a horrible person. I’ve also just read The Confession by Jo Spain and the main character Julie was totally stupid and wet.

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 Paper Magician series. First book was really interesting and novel, second book started to loose its way, third book was just convoluted nonsense.

4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.

What is a ship I am not a teenager!!! From the previous answer and after a very enlightening Google search I’d say Steerpike and Lady Fuchsia Groan from Gormenghast. As far as I’m concerned the whole book is nonsense but trying to pair the two of them together was just all kind of wrong weirdness.

5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

The whole “you’re actually a magical mystical person reborn” in Everless, and in the words of the Orangutan Librarian “that’s not a spoiler- you can’t spoil a shit book”.

6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head no.

“Yes I will go on a date with you Christian Grey, you sexy control freak abuser you”.

7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.

There’s quite a lot – cozy mysteries, “sexy” fantasy (i.e. fantasy with a sexy element called something like “Lord of Fire Spirits Mortal Lover” or some such nonsense) gossipy celeb memoirs…

8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

I don’t like large print, especially in hardback. My arms ache! Also not a fan of audio books, they take too long.

9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

The we hate each other so much that it somehow turns into passion trope. Just shut up.

10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

I’m just not a fan of classics or Shakespeare. I wish I was but I’m just not. I’m reading Les Miserables at the moment by only doing one chapter a day and that seems to be working well though.

11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Characters that could be replaced with a sexy lamp and it wouldn’t affect the storyline. I like all my characters to say and do stuff (I feel like this is a pretty low bar to set, but you’d be amazed at how many authors fail to do this).

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’ve pretty much stolen this from the orangutan librarian but Ron Weasley. There’s nothing attractive about him. And to put him with lovely clever ambitious Hermione was ridiculous.

13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

John Dies @ The End. I should have known from that title. I think you have to be on drugs to enjoy it.

14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

Pennywise the Clown. I’m so haunted by him. Terrifying.

15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

Oh Severus, surely you could have taken some snake anti venom or something…

16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

Some of the super popular YA stuff like John Green or Rachel Cohn and David Levithan – I’m a bit too old and I like a bit more darkness in my stories. I’m still angry that they misprinted the Smiths lyrics in Eleanor and Park.


I tag: HollyVeronicaKayLiz…and Stephanie!

8 thoughts on “The Nope Tag!

  1. Thank you for the shoutout!! hahaha the ending to Life of Pi is pretty hit or miss- your reaction is so funny though! I saw the TV version of Casual Vacancy (I know, *shock horror* but I couldn’t be bothered for the book) and I agree with you. I honestly couldn’t get into the first Paper Magician- just couldn’t connect with the characters- so I’m glad I gave up on the series while I was ahead. hahaha “what is a ship I am not a teenager”- LOL! And so agree about Steerpike and Lady Fuschia! Oh gosh I am so glad I didn’t read Everless now- that would have annoyed the bejesus out of me!! hahahahah oh gosh yes a million times yes over to the Christian Gray comment- HE’S NOT SEXY HE’S A STALKER! Yeah those aren’t genres I go for either- especially not celeb memoirs (unless they are Alan Partridge ones 😉 ) Glad you’re getting through Les Mis! Yeah sexy lamp characters (again, I love that term) are irritating. And yeah I really agree about Ron- he’s such a meh character (a friend of mine did finally convince me of why he’s a good character though- she basically pointed out that in life there are actually average people- so it makes sense that he’s like that- but why would Hermione go for that?!) hahaha yes I think the title to John Dies @ the End is pretty bad. So sad about Snape too!! And I’m done with John Green too- not for me- and I’ve not checked out the others and probably won’t. hehe I was just so meh about Eleanor and Park in general 😉 I’d like to say it’s cos I’m out the age group, but I clearly still read the genre 😉 Awesome answers!

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    1. I saw the Casual Vacancy on tv and my abiding memory is “oh God Dumbledore put it away!”

      I mostly engaged with the paper dog in the Paper Magician but the series seriously went downhill so you missed nothing.

      I couldn’t write about the big reveal/plot twist in my Everless review because spoilers but seriously, it is so shit it is laughable.

      Alan Partridge memoirs are fine – have you heard there might be a new series where he presents something like The One Show?😂 (please tell me you know what The One Show is).

      And in terms of Ron – why would I want to read about a boring average person who could be flying about making potions and using incredible magic inventions but instead he’s just wandering around looking lost because he’s too thick to engage with any of it?

      I think you’re the only person I know who is over John Green – I call them candy floss books – look good from the outside but then you realise they’re just sugar and hot air.

      I still love the “that’s not a spoiler, you can’t spoil a shit book” quote – I suspect I’ll be using that in the future!

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      1. hahaha 😂😂

        hehe well that actually makes sense- the dog was the most engaging character 😉

        haha that is definitely a shit twist lol!

        Oh my goodness!! I didn’t know that- but that’s exciting (hehehe yes, I do know what the one show is- to be honest that’s mostly cos of that time the presenter asked Cameron “how do you sleep at night?” 😂😂 😉 )

        hahahaha 😂😂😂 omg I laughed so hard at your Ron description- that’s so true!!

        hehehe I think that’s a pretty apt description lol!

        hehehehe thanks!

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  2. “Characters that could be replaced with a sexy lamp” – this made me laugh so much, I nearly choked on my tea haha. But I 100% agree, it’s amazing how many characters are just there to fill the scenery sometimes!

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