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The NOPE Tag

Posted January 31, 2018 by Amber in Tags / 15 Comments


Today’s book tag was lovingly stolen from Destiny @ Howling Libraries and was originally created by A Booktube Book.  Because sometimes you need to be a bit of a negative muffin about books that just didn’t work out.  Let’s get grumpy, shall we?

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NOPE. Ending

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

Immediately jumping to mind is The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.

Yes, yes, I know, I often recommend the Queen of the Tearling trilogy and have actually listed The Fate of the Tearling on endings I love.  I HAVE MIXED FEELINGS.  It was definitely not the ending I wanted.  I like my epic fantasies to have epic endings… and yet… it was the perfect ending.  It made sense.  It wasn’t what I wanted and it surprised me and I hate it but I also love it.  It’s horrible and unsatisfying.

Ughhh go read it.


NOPE. Protagonist

A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

AGAGHHHH Harry Potter.

I really love the Harry Potter series and Hogwarts and everything to do with that world pretty much, but not Harry.  Harry’s hero complex drives me crazy.  His selfishness.  The way he constantly ignores good advice.  His recklessness.  His ungrateful attitude.  His general…himness.  Most of all in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix with ALLCAPS!Harry.  No, no, no, no.

He’s also a terrible friend, a terrible student, and who in the bloody world decides to go on a rampage against one of his teachers?  I get that he hasn’t exactly grown up in a loving home, but respect your elders!  Sheesh.

There are so many things that bug me about Harry.  He’s not a badly written character by ANY means, I just don’t like him.

      Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

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.

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.

And, guys, this makes me so sad.  But I was young and innocent and should have seen it coming.  The Anita Blake series has this incredible badass heroine who is an animator (necromancer) and sort of supernatural liaison to vampires and lycans.  The first few books had great storylines and I really, really wanted to see more of her work as an animator… but then it just went down the rabbit hole to being fantasy smut and every book was about Anita having sex with various characters and that was not the main plot I wanted.

I kept reading in high hopes that it would shift (it doesn’t).  Finally, I reached a point where I said, “Okay, Nathaniel is my favorite lycan and Requiem is my favorite vampire.  When they both become her sex slaves, I’ll stop reading.”

I thought I was safe, because Requiem was such a minor character.  NOPE.  Bam, both in the very next book.  I haven’t continued on since.


NOPE. Popular Pairing

A ship you don’t support.

H/Hr?  Harry and Hermione.  Honestly?  Zero chemistry.  She clearly doesn’t see him that way, and he definitely sees her as a sister-figure.  Besides, the main character DOES NOT always need to get the girl.  This one always baffled me.

NOPE. Plot Twist

A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.


NOPE. Protagonist Action/Decision

A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.

Odessa makes some really unfortunate choices in Reign of the Fallen that made me want to rip into the pages and bind her so she couldn’t keep going down the path she had chosen.  I won’t say more since this book only just came out and loads of people haven’t read it… but leave it to say that there are other paths to healing than the one she choose.

Fortunately, Meredy had my back. +10 points, Meredy.

Odessa’s choices were definitely real and beneficial to the story, but I did not want her making them.  I think this choice actually was wondrous for the book, and gave a perspective we don’t see often… but again… I wanted her to stop. :'(


NOPE. Genre

A genre you will never read.

Various outlets of non-fiction are of absolute disinterest to me.  Sports.  Self-help.  Modern political and theological writings (although give me ALL the ancient stuff).  Dog books?  I’m not a dog person and I don’t think these stories would warm my heart like they do others.  Are there cat books?  I may like those….

NOPE. Book Format

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

I actually detest eBooks.  Which is pretty unfortunate, since all my ARCs (more or less) come in that format.  I have only ever bought seven eBooks of my own accord, and they are the Harry Potter series, because I will read those over and over again and I thought it would be good to have a handful digitally in case I get stuck somewhere like the DMV.

If I’m giving a en eBook 5 stars, the book must have been AMAZING because the format is no end of frustration to me.

NOPE. Trope

A trope that makes you go NOPE.


The Brooding YA Hero.

Like, okay, it was fun once.  In one book.  Maybe.


He’s a drag on the heroine, who inevitably falls in love with him.  He makes me roll my eyes CONSTANTLY.  Stick to Twitter, Brooding YA Hero.

NOPE. Recommendation

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



I resisted when I was in high school and it was The Biggest Thing Since Harry Potter.  The sparkling vampires turned me off at the time (as a high school senior, I was in love with Anne Rice).  As the years have gone by and I’ve learned more about the series, I can’t identify a single thing I would enjoy about it.  It’s a love story with poorly represented supernatural characters and a female lead who, evidently, needs to be smacked repeatedly.

I see no reason to subject myself to this series just because “it’s popular you should read it I loved it”.  Sorry! (not sorry)


NOPE. Cliche/Pet Peeve

A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

I would really like to talk about characters named Amber.

This may not be a relatable one to most, but I’m always looking for my namesake in books.  Lets talk about where she pops up:

  • Dead stripper.
  • Dead prostitute.
  • Live stripper.
  • Live prostitute.
  • That total bitch.

Could we maybe have a nice, wholesome girl named Amber?  I mean, I’m no prize, but it alarming how often writers (of film, TV, and novels) go, “I need a name for this prostitute… hmm… hmm… oh yeah, AMBER, that’s perfect!”  I personally have never met an Amber who is one of the above IRL; we just have the misfortune to be named for a gemstone.  That, honestly, isn’t even a proper gemstone….

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.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoOkay, so I’ve only read Shadow and Bone so far, and it was about a year ago so maybe I’m reading this incorrectly, but I feel like THE DARKING was a love interest for a while?  And I don’t understand it?  Given the ending, I really hope she’s over all that, but if you hear that someone is evil, then you witness them being evil, then they’re nice to you?  THAT DOESN’T OVERRIDE THE EVIL.  Graagh.

He’s also such a flat character.  Actually both boys were in that book?  I know I’m digging into the Grishaverse here, which is a favorite fandom of many, but I just can’t see what was so great about these guys.

Plus, you know, maniacally evil.

Not everyone can be saved, and if that becomes a thing as the series goes on, I’m going to be so disappointed.

NOPE. Book

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

I have so many ARCs I’ve read that I feel this way about.  Instead I’m going to try to go with something mainstream.

Dreamcatcher by Stephen King is one of the most genuinely messed up books I’ve ever read.  Not because it’s thriller-is and creepy, but because it’s ACTUALLY messed up.  I feel like this book must have slid by on King’s good “everything I write sells!” name.

What’s crazier is there’s a movie and it’s JUST as messed up as the book.  OMG, I don’t understand the appeal.

Through complete randomness, this was one of the first Stephen King books I ever read and it nearly turned me off him as a writer.  Thank goodness for the Dark Tower series, because most of his books are fascinating and interesting.

But not Dreamcatcher.  Never Dreamcatcher.

NOPE. Villain

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

Amy Elliot Dunne from Gone Girl.

That girl could ruin your life, let you watch while it falls to pieces, and then let you die slowly in oblivion.

Any real psychopath or sociopath would do, though.  There are definitely villains that can be easily avoided, but people like Amy slither into your life without your knowing and slowly dig their claws into you, and before you know it, you’re in too deep to get away now.  You become a pawn on her board of chess all the while she is ripping out your lungs and whispering sweet nothings to tear you apart.  Slow torture.  Inevitable oblivion.

And worse, she often lets people live with the results of her actions.  No hope of redemption.  Dead in your soul, but your body moves forward.

Yeah, thanks, I’m all set with that.

NOPE. Death

A character death that still haunts you.

There are a lot of character deaths I’ve been bummed out about over the years, but I think the one that pissed me off the most was Finnick in Mockingjay.  Rue was a hard cut, but she was essnetial because of the way she reminded Katniss of Prim and it was a motivator for both Katniss as an individual and Panem as a whole.

Finnick, though?  Finnick was finally free, he had Annie, and everything was going to be good for him now.  His death was particularly heroic, it didn’t serve any grander purpose… it just was.  And while that’s the way war works… I’m not pleased,  I really, really liked Finnick.  He had this great little redemption arc in Catching Fire and whyyyyyyyyy.

My favorite moment in that series is probably their wedding.  I am so glad it made the movie, because I didn’t think it would.

I wanted so bad for one of the characters in that series to have a proper happily ever after….

NOPE. Author

An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

I’m lucky enough that I haven’t had a specific experience where an author has pushed back on one of my reviews and been generally rude about it (and I give somefairly nasty reviews when I hate a book).  However, I came across an author last year that grated me so heavily the wrong way – Cory Doctorow.  His writing is so angry and completely lacks a baseline to suggest change so that his books read as belittling, bitter, and hateful in general to organized society.  I’m not big on our current government, but nor do I think that anarchy and chaos is a better answer.  I just… couldn’t read his books without getting really mad at him for the way he chose to put things across.

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I’m going to tag a handful of lovelies today who I would love to see their salty answers to these questions. 🙂

May @ Forever & Everly

Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink

Chloe @ Blushing Bibliophile

Iris @ Hoard of Books

Even if I haven’t tagged you… please feel free to steal this tag!  I’d love to see your answers!


Are there any books that made you say “nope”?

Do you disagree with any of my choices?

Will you be stealing this tag?

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15 responses to “The NOPE Tag

    • Amber

      I actually have a love/hate relationship with The Fate of the Tearling. I like that the ending made me mad, but it was also the perfect ending. I still recommend the trilogy to everyone – hopefully you really enjoy it!

    • Amber

      I stole this one mooooooonths ago, so I’m sure it did it’s rounds. I’ve got quite a few *very* backlogged tags. 🙂

      I’ve been on a rampage about Finnick lately. I just featured him in one of my upcoming Top Ten Tuesdays, too. Such a sad and tragic waste. I suppose war isn’t about happily ever afters, but… 🙁 🙁 🙁

  1. UGH. Twilight. Don’t get me started, I’ll never shut up. Weirdest books ever. Good for you for not torturing yourself with them. Lol. And OMG FINNICK AHHHHHHHH!!! I’m still not okay. I was so freaking upset when he died. Actually, I was just super upset with Mockingjay in general because Suzanne Collins ripped out my heart and stomped on it.

    But your little blurb about Dreamcatcher made me laugh! I’ve never read the book or seen the movie, but I was listening to the Podcast “How Did This Get Made” on Spotify not too long ago where they rant about movies and they talked about this. It was so funny! It really does sound completely messed up, I can’t imagine reading it. Apparently when King was struck by a car and almost died, he ended up writing this when he was doped up on Oxycontin??? At least that’s what they said, and it really explains a lot… Lol.

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    • Amber

      King’s accident influence so many of his books. (Small) Spoiler alert, a good portion of Song of Susannah (Book 6 in his Dark Tower series) is about saving him from the van. *eye roll* If you read that one you’ll know why it annoys me. 😛

      Dreamcatcher is seriously the WEIRDEST though.

  2. Hahah this is an awesome tag, glad you *stole* it. Anyways, I COMPLETELY agree with you about the Brooding YA Hero trope. Luckily I haven’t encountered any recently, probably because people got the hint that it was more annoying than good haha.

    I’ve never been a huge fan of Harry Potter the character! And I feel like we are not alone in this matter. Lots of people prefer Hermione or Luna I bet 😀

    • Amber

      I completely agree with you… I feel like we’re moving away from the Brooding YA Hero as a trope, which is AWESOME. I do read a lot of not-new books (early 2000s seems to be my dominant category so far this year), so I am still stumbling across them… but they’re fading out in newer novels! So excited!

  3. Thanks for tagging me! I’ll try to get to it as soon as possible ?
    Personally, I’m sort of fond of Harry… Like yes, he’s an idiot, and I really can’t stand him in book five, but in the other books I mostly like him. He drives me crazy at times, but I like him.

    • Amber

      Take your time! People rarely do tags when I tag them lol.

      A lot of people do like Harry, so I know you are not alone. I went through a long period when I didn’t like ANY protagonists, and Harry sort of fell in that. 😛

  4. I know exactly what you mean about the end of the Fate of the Tearling! It was so… anticlimatic. I really don’t like the “oh look we went back in time and now everything that happened previously no longer exists” things. It did fit the story but yeah, I’m not a fan, it feels so cheap.

    And yeah the love interests in the Grisha trilogy were pretty mediocre. I didn’t like either of them. I’m so glad Bardugo’s writing is so much better in The Dregs.

    • Amber

      I just had to go Google “The Dregs” because I thought it was a completely new book series of hers. Haha, nope, Six of Crows. I haven’t read those yet, but I hear over and over again that it’s the best of her books. :). Looking forward to reading it in the future!

  5. Lovely answers for this tag! 🙂
    I’m with you about Hermione and Harry, that is not a ship and should never, ever be, they’re just NOT a great fit and I, for once, am thrilled that the hero does NOT belong with her at all.
    And Finnick, oh yes, that just broke my heart and why did that have to happen??? I loved him so much 🙁

    • Amber

      Thank you! See, I have had almost everyone I know tell me that Harry and Hermione were MEANT TO BE. I believe Rowling said something a few years ago about how she wished she had written that ship instead? When that happened, I feel like everyone came out of the woodwork saying IT’S HARRY AND HERMIONE IT’S REAL CANON THE BOOKS ARE WRONG and I was 100% ??? no you can’t just randomly decide to rewrite the books because the author thought about it and changed her mind. Pfft. Whatever.

      I have strong feelings about this, lol.