I’m one of those people who absolutely generalizes when she complains about things. Everything is the worst or I love everything about something. It’s a bad habit, and one I want to try and overcome because stereotyping is horrible, whether it’s people or days of the week or books or whatever. Today’s book tag totally brings that vibe.
Thanks to the Orangutan Librarian for creating this #notall book tag! It’s a fun idea, and I absolutely stole this from Holly @ Nut Free Nerd a little over a year ago. Thanks, Holly for bringing this tag to my attention!
#NotAll Cover Changes || A cover change you liked
When buying books these days, I definitely pay attention to the UK vs. US covers. I find that as a general rule, I like the art on UK editions better. But there are so many different variables to cover changes these days – reprints, different language editions, and most of all special editions bring so many different covers that it’s really difficult to keep up.
I’m usually a fan of having a variety of covers – I’m not a collector like some are, so I feel no need to “catch ’em all”. One of my favorite cover changes was on the 25th anniversary special edition of The Name of the Wind. The original version didn’t do much for the art and this edition is gorgeous and encompasses so many elements within the story itself. I really like it and I would love to see a companion for The Wise Man’s Fear.
#NotAll Adaptations || An adaptation you love more than the book
Oooh, I did a Top Ten Tuesday on this earlier this year! As far as one I love more than the book, I’m going to go full out controversial here and choose the Lord of the Rings trilogy, in particular The Return of the King. While I firmly believe every fantasy fan should try this series, for my personal taste the story gets a bit laborious and I think the films did an amazing job of encompassing the spirit and story.
#NotAll Tropes || A trope you’ll never tire of seeing
I’m absolute trash for the whole “prince or princess in disguise” trope. I love the whole aspect of the classes mashing together, and a royal who is interested enough in the way the world is outside the palace walls that they will do anything to sneak out and get there. Often this turns into one of those poor boy/rich girl relationship tropes (such as in The Selection and what seems to be transpiring in The Exiled Queen but I STILL haven’t finished that series). One way or the other, I’m here for it… keep ’em coming.
#NotAll Insta-Love || You insta-loved this insta-couple
I’m actually having a hard time coming up with this one because I feel like I don’t read many of these anymore. I kind of remember liking the romance in Fallen, which pops up as an insta-love book, but I haven’t read it in years and I’m having a hard time remembering anything about it. I do have a copy on my shelf and after reading The Orphan’s Song earlier this year, I have every intention of reading it again. So I guess I will let you guys know when I pull it from my TBR Jar?
#NotAll Love Triangles || An example of a love triangle done well
I really like the love triangle in The Hunger Games. Especially after everything that happened in Mockingjay, just… !!! How can you not love how much Peeta and Katniss went through to end up together, and how they really could never share the level of trauma they experienced with anyone else. That whole Gale x Katniss x Peeta triangle is so messy and complicated and I love it.
#NotAll Parents || Bookish parents that actually parent
I watch out for this like crazy now because somehow, this completely eluded me until a couple of years ago! But yeah, in YA bookish particular? It’s like parenting is optional. Thank said, one of my favorite parents in YA are Simon’s in Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. They were definitely the “cool” parents, but they were present and they made me chuckle.
I’ve noticed that outside of absentee parenting in books, there are a lot of bad parents. Like the mother in Aquarium, for example. What’s up with that? Are happy families not interesting enough?
#NotAll Villains || A villain you love
A lot of people seem to prefer villains over heroes in books these days! Maybe it’s just the corner of the blogosphere that I’m in, but there seems to be a lot o love for shady characters with poor moral compasses. I guess I’ve just never really understood the “bad boy” vibe?
My favorite shades-of-grey character is probably Victor Vale from Vicious. While he’s the protagonist, I feel like everyone in that book is a villain, and the moral discussion in the novel is really interesting.
#NotAll Chosen Ones || A chosen one you can get behind
While I won’t vouch for all his books, or all his chosen ones, I really enjoyed Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, so I’ll give Percy my vote for Best Chosen One. That said, I think Percy works because there’s a strong story behind him and there are great side characters. Those elements are also what makes the Harry Potter series work (because I hated Harry, but love the series). Percy, I feel like, is a more likable character than most. Less angst.
#NotAll Hyped Books || A hyped book that lived up to the acclaim
They both really took me by surprise because I find more often than not, I find myself pushing away from the popular books and not enjoying them (usually because of the romance). But these two were great and I wholeheartedly recommend them!
#NotAll *Insert Favorite Genre* || A book you’re not keen on from your favorite genre
There are so. so. so many fantasy books I don’t enjoy. Most of them are adult fantasy. To keep this question fair, I’ll choose one out of YA fantasy… and I’m going to go with The Beautiful because it’s still pretty fresh in my mind.
I know this is likely a controversial opinion because people love Renée Ahdieh, but this particular one just didn’t suit me. The character development was meh, the love story unimpressive, and the fantasy not… fantastical enough, I guess. Which I was super bummed about because it was marketed as a vampire book, and YES I am here for vampires! … Whatchugonnado.
#NotAll *Insert Least Favorite Genre* || A book you liked from a genre you don’t often read
My loves, very much against my norm, I read a romance earlier this year. I typically hate romances, and I normally wouldn’t have picked this one up… like… ever. But I was at BookCon and it happened and I was determined not to let any of those books go to waste because I was very lucky to have gotten them.
So. The Orphan’s Song, by Lauren Kate. I mentioned it earlier actually and it just took me by complete surprise. The aesthetics were amazing and I loved it all. And for other unexpected books, this was also a Top Ten Tuesday earlier this year!
For today’s tag, I’m not going to be tagging anyone. In my efforts to do more tags (because they’re fun) I feel like I’ve been tagging a lot of people lately, and I want to take a step back and stop nudging y’all to take on more posts. If this is a tag you think is interesting and you want to jump in and steal it, go for it! I’d love to see your answers.
Which tropes do you like? I find there’s quite a few I’m on board with, but I want to hear about your favorites! Give me your top 3 in the comments!