Lots of people love Valentines Day. They love the chocolate candies and fluttering candles and dew drop roses. They love the batting eyelashes and sultry hushed voices over red wine. I am so, so happy for those people… but I’ve never really been a Valentines Day person.
Don’t get me wrong. I will always accept chocolate. But there’s a lot of pressure on this holiday on romantic gestures, and I just don’t want my relationship with my husband to hinge on that sort of pressure. Neither of us are romantics, so both Valentines and our anniversary pass with a shrug and a smile and maybe we’ll go out to eat sometime… but otherwise, we don’t pay them much attention.
In honor of our intentions to, once again, not celebrate Valentines Day, I present your with this lovely Anti-Valentines Day Book Tag.
Thank you to Bubbly Books for tagging me in this… haha… last year! 😀 I kept it for this year! 🙂
Also, heads up, question three is about characters who died, so if you haven’t read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on, maybe skip that one. THANKS.
Name a character that annoys you for no apparent reason.
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND ALL THE LOVE FOR ADAM PARRISH.
I’m only halfway through the series, but as far as The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves goes… I DON’T GET all the love for Adam. And by all, I mean any. Adam is just… I dunno. Every time we’re in his POV, I’m like OKAY BUT ARE WE DONE NOW GANSEY PLS.
It’s completely illogical. He hasn’t done anything that I personally think is end-of-the-world terrible? It’s just every time he’s there I’m very #NO. I just don’t care for him. He annoys me.
What’s a book you read that ended in total heartbreak?
I just read Strange the Dreamer and I AM STILL NOT OKAY WITH THE ENDING.
Like, okay, at least in the beautiful romance at the end of The Night Circus everything was pretty and resolved, even if it was a smidge sad? BUT. Strange the Dreamer was like “You have a heart? That’s adorable. Let me smush it into a tiny pile of uselessness.”
I haven’t read Muse of Nightmares yet, so this better get resolved because I am BROKEN.
What’s a book where one of your favorite characters doesn’t make it?
Okay so lets talk Harry Potter.
If you haven’t read this series yet, seen the movies, and have somehow managed to avoid all spoilers thus far, skip this question. It’s about to get real.
I’m just gonna make a list of a few deaths that broke me.
- Sirius Black
- Albus Dumbledore
- Nymphadora Tonks
- Fred Weasley
- Remus Lupin
- Severus Snape
- Fred Weasley
- Mad-Eye Moody
- Cedric Diggory
- Colin Creevy
- Fred Weasley
- Fred Weasely
- Fred Weasley
I AM NOT OKAY.
A character that’s a total buzz kill?
We have all experienced that downer character that sometimes you wish would just go away!
Okay, so, have you ever run into one of those characters who are SO distracting to the story and keep stalling out the plot just by being themselves?
Orion is Artemis Fowl’s alter-ego, brought froth by his bout of Atlantis Complex. Orion is a chivalrous knight in shining armor. He enjoys poetry and professing his love to Holly Short, who is generally a bit busy saving them by herself because Orion have overtaken Artemis just when she really needs his help.
+10pts. Holly for shocking him because HAH.
A book in which the dreaded love triangle makes an appearance?
Thanks to Twilight, there are SO SO MANY of these, but when you say “love triangle” the first book I always think of is The Hunger Games.
I actually don’t have a problem with the love triangle in The Hunger Games? To me, it was always pretty clear that Katniss had no time for that shit, and besides, Peeta was a clear winner for me. From a writing perspective, I thought it was handled well. It’s the horrible sappiness and the way it sends to override plots (Twilightttttttt) that really bugs me.
Name a book filled with action-packed fighting scenes.
The Dark Tower is, by necessity, an action book. When you’re writing a post-apocalyptic western, that makes sense. Lots of shooting is involved.
Also Eddie + Roland just make such a great pair of fighters when you put them side by side against the world. There’s this scene in an earlier book, The Drawing of the Three, where Eddie busts into a drug dealer’s den butt naked and kills a bunch of people who killed his brother and it’s a really intense scene. Roland makes this comment that it’s one thing to be outnumbered in a gunfight, but another thing to go in so completely vulnerable and come out victorious.
I think that fast-paced action scenes really need to be tempered with slower scenes, otherwise you lose the plot and character development and it becomes violence porn, essentially. The Dark Tower series balances everything really well.
A book in which the older brother causes issues for the main couple?
I had this post scheduled, and I was wracking my mind trying to figure out how in the world I was going to answer this question, then I read Flame in the Mist.
Yeah, I’d say leading a small army of samurai to the secret forest camp and trying to kill everyone counts as a major interference. Bad brother.
A really sad book that makes you cry your eyes out while simultaneously breaking your heart?
I think I cried my way through about 50% of Tess of the Road. This was largely because I really related to the book, though. I felt for Tess and everything she had been through and the way that everyone was shrugging her off like useless. It was SO CLOSE to stuff I was going through at the time I read it.
This is such a good book thoughhhhhhhh.
A book filled with blood and gruesome scenes you can’t get out of your head?
I can get them out of my head, but Misery really made me CRINGE. I’m not a big gory person, so I don’t really dig into a lot of horror. But yeah. Misery. I may have yelled at the audiobook to demand if it was being serious right now because WHAT SORT OF TWISTED PERSON WOULD DO THAT OMG NO.
Ugh yuck yuck yuck.
I haven’t read a whole lot of Stephen King’s horror, but somehow I feel like there’s a lot of gore involved. I mean… even just that one scene in Carrie….
Whats your favorite anti-valentines day movie?
Hahaha. Okay. So there’s this chick flick from forever ago called Down With Love with Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellwiger and I really can’t defend it in any way, but at the same time, I completely love it. It’s about this small town writer who pens this novel about how she doesn’t need a man and neither do you! Ewan McGregor’s character is a journalist assigned to take her down because DARN IT we can’t have WOMEN not needing MEN. It totally mocks the whole culture of the 1960s and the women-should-stay-in-the-kitchen ridiculousness. So McGregor’s expose actually end up being a whole twist and SHE wrote the book to get HIM because she used to know him and at the end they work together to empower women (well he works for her) and they’re in love.
It’s funny but just SO. RIDICULOUS.
Actually I can defend it a little. Ewan McGregor is in it, and he’s charming as always. That smile.
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