Bookish this or that…

Which one would you choose? This or that?

I have seen this around on a few blogs and may even have been tagged at some point (sorry, I am rubbish at keeping track!). It looks quite hard so here goes!


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1. SERIES OR STANDALONE

I loves series because you can really get to know the characters and the world…but the wait between books is torturous. Recently, I have really found myself craving good stand-alones so I can enjoy the entire story in one sitting. As I am a complete mood reader, my answer at the moment is standalone!

2. MAGIC EARNED OR MAGIC BORN

Ooh, both of these are interesting in different ways. I love the idea of magic earned as we would all be at Hogwarts given have a chance, wouldn’t we? However, what would the price be? Would it still be the case, like in real-life, that those with more money and privilege would have access to tutors, etc, and therefore improve faster? So, just because magic is earned is no guarantee that access to it will be equal. Magic born seems to make more sense if magic can be inherited like other genetic traits.

3. ENEMIES-TO-LOVERS OR FRIENDS-TO-LOVERS

Friends-to-lovers makes more sense and is how it works for me in the real world – if you’re not my friend, don’t even think about being anything more! (Hate the term ‘friend-zone’ – you have to be in my ‘friend-zone’ before I ever consider you anything more). In fiction though, I love the enemies-to-lovers trope, especially when accompanied by some high-level snark

4. HILARIOUS BANTER OR EMOTIONAL RUIN

Hilarious banter all the way! Although I do cry much more easily than laugh when reading!

5. LOVE TRIANGLE OR INSTA LOVE

Urgh, they’re both awful. I don’t mind a love triangle where A likes B, B likes C and C likes A, but I hate the love triangles where a girl is conflicted between two guys and keeps flip-flopping. Insta-love is not a favourite, although insta-lust can be interesting somtimes, especially when paired with the enemies-to-lovers trope.

6. KEYBOARD-SMASH FANTASY NAMES OR ALL NAMES START WITH SAME LETTER

Keyboard smash! I love the weird names in fantasy! I also love coming across new names in real-life; there are so many beautiful names out there. I do appreciate it when authors include a pronunciation guide though, because I already mispronounce tonnes of ‘real’ words that I have never heard but have read so would prefer not to make the list any longer.

7. MEAN PARENTS OR DEAD PARENTS

Why can’t we have present, realistic characters? As in, REAL characters who are sometimes careless, sometimes protective, sometimes anything except a two-dimensional obstacle or facilitator. In many stories, absent parents mean that the main character can go adventuring so I guess dead parents to allow for epic quests.

8. SUPERMODEL LOOKS OR CONSTANTLY SAYS HOW “PLAIN” THEY ARE

Once again, I would much rather see a variety and diversity in books, particularly as standards of beauty are so different. I would much rather a character looks distinctive than hot, but would also prefer it if the character has a few qualms about his/her/xer looks but, overall, is too busy getting on with stuff to spend too much time in fornt of a mirror wondering.

9. FACE ON COVER VS TYPOGRAPHY ON COVER

Typography or silhouettes are great – I’m not really a fan of books with people on the covers, especially photographs.

10. VILLAIN TURNING A LITTLE GOOD OR HERO TURNING A LITTLE BAD

I love both of these, but I have a real weakness for the villain with a heart of gold…


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What did you think?

Were my answers similar to yours or very different?

I would love to see your post if you’ve done this, or answer in the comments!


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Thanks for reading!

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. AJ says:

    I agree with you about the diversity and realism:)

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