Books that make you go ‘Nope, not for me!”

Books that make you go ‘Nope, not for me!”


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What makes you decide that a book is not for you? Are there any books that you never intend to pick up because of something about them, or do you tend to give most books a chance?

Here are a few things that make me go ‘Nope, not me for!” when picking up a book:

I spotted this over on Steph’s blog and thought it looked like fun, particularly as I usually talk about what I love in books rather than what I dislike.


 

NOPE: ENDING. A BOOK ENDING THAT MADE YOU GO NOPE EITHER IN DENIAL, RAGE OR SIMPLY BECAUSE THE END WAS CRAPPY.

I have had a few books where I have turned the last page expecting more…and been horrified that the book is suddenly over without answering some of the questions I was hoping to have answered. One of the most annoying ones I remember as the novelization of the Little Red Riding Hood live-action movie, where they published the book without the last few chapters so as not to give away the ending of the movie…that was a frustrating reading experience!


NOPE: PROTAGONIST. A MAIN CHARACTER YOU DISLIKE/DRIVES YOU CRAZY.

Oh I know that there have been plenty of these but it’s always hard to pinpoint when you’re asked…got it! And both of these will probably be very unpopular opinions but I found Holden in The Catcher in the Rye and Charlie in The Perks of Being a Wallflower such frustrating protagonists to read. I know that their character development and coming-of-age is the whole point, but they really frustrated me to read!


NOPE: SERIES. A SERIOUS THAT TURNED OUT TO BE ONE HUGE PILE OF NOPE AFTER YOU’VE INVESTED ALL OF THAT TIME AND ENERGY ON IT, A SERIES YOU GAVE UP ON BECAUSE IT WASN’T WORTH IT ANYMORE.

This is also a hard one. I don’t tend to give up on series easily, especially if I have invested loads of time in it and come to love the characters. However, I read The Wheel of Time series, only for Robert Jordan to pass away before finishing it. Brandon Sanderson has since used his notes to finish the series, but I know that many people are worried about the same thing happening with the Game of Thrones series! Also, Patrick Rothfuss, are we ever going to get the end of Kvothe’s story?!


NOPE: POPULAR PAIRING. A “SHIP” YOU DON’T SUPPORT.

Hermione and Ron. I have never thought that they were a good match as a couple, although I could see them remaining friends. I know that this is unpopular with many people, but I really think that their differences would have divided them more and more as they grew older. In fact, most of the epilogue felt quite unrealistic to me, especially as most people do not end up with their first love.


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NOPE: PLOT TWIST. A PLOT TWIST YOU DIDN’T SEE COMING, OR DIDN’T LIKE.

Ooh, this is a hard one, particularly as you can’t really talk about it without giving away too much… I loved the way Hold Back the Stars ended as it was both perfect yet unexpected. I have a love for children’s picture books with unexpected endings such as the ending of Stuck which still makes me laugh aloud, or The Tadpole’s Promise or I have Lost my Hat. I tend to quite like unexpected endings…although there have definitely been a few that have left me unsatisfied (such as the aforementioned epilogue to the Harry Potter books!)


NOPE: PROTAGONIST ACTION/DECISION. A CHARACTER DECISION THAT MADE YOU SHAKE YOUR HEAD NOPE.

This happens a lot! Sometimes characters in books, just like people in real-life, make really poor decisions. I felt this was about a lot of the decisions that Scarlett made in Caraval and Tella in Legendary! Some of Jude’s actions in The Cruel Prince  and The Wicked King come across as her stubbornness winning over her logic, which can be frustrating to read but is entirely consistent with who she is!


NOPE: GENRE. A GENRE YOU WILL NEVER READ.

Never is a very strong word, but I do tend to read fewer books that are crime and horror (although some horror is great!) Erotica is another that I don’t have an interest in.


NOPE: BOOK FORMAT. BOOK FORMATTING YOU HATE AND AVOID BUYING UNTIL IT COMES OUT IN A DIFFERENT EDITION.

This is a tricky one, because I generally love books in all their forms. However, I will always choose a hard copy of a book over a digital copy because I struggle with reading on a screen (I have very specific lighting settings and coloured overlays)


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NOPE: TROPE. A TROPE THAT MAKES YOU GO NOPE.

Love triangles are a pet hate, especially if there is one character who keeps vacillating between two others. I don’t mind if it’s triangle where A likes B, B likes C and C likes A.

I also tend to dislike books where sexual violence is used as a plot device or where abusive, controlling relationships are presented as ideal.


NOPE: RECOMMENDATION. A BOOK RECOMMENDATION THAT IS CONSTANTLY HYPED AND PUSHED AT YOU THAT YOU SIMPLY REFUSE TO READ.

I have so many books recommended to me that it often takes me a while to get around to actually reading the recommended book, but I usually do eventually read all those that I can! I tend to be more cautious with recommendations of contemporary fiction books because they are very hit-or-miss for me.


NOPE: CLICHE/PET PEEVE. A CLICHE OR A WRITING PET PEEVE THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU ROLL YOUR EYES.

Insta-love, especially when a character forgets all logical though processes or loses their motivation/character and becomes obsessed with the other person. I get especially frustrated when they consistently refer to a specific physical characteristic e.g. their beautiful eyes or toned muscles…ugh, get on with the story!


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.

This will probably be another unpopular opinion, but I remember reading and rereading The Song of the Lioness quartet as a teenager and being slightly weirded out when George became the main character’s love interest because he was so much older than her. Even though the age gap matters less as people get older, the fact that she was a preteen when they first met made it feel a little strange to me…


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NOPE: BOOK. A BOOK THAT SHOULDN’T HAVE EXISTED THAT MADE YOU SAY NOPE.

Um, that is a hard one. I generally think that the more books the merrier! Despite how much I love them, some older fantasy books have not aged well with misogynistic messages and sexist stereotyping…but that doesn’t mean that they should never have existed!


NOPE: VILLAIN. A SCARY VILLAIN/ANTAGONIST YOU WOULD HATE TO CROSS AND WOULD MAKE YOU RUN IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

Again, probably an unpopular opinion, but I found The Darkling really creepy. I know that lots of people ship him and Alina in the Grisha Trilogy, but I thought that he was genuinely creepy! Powerful, yes, magnetic, maybe…but scary!

Danny in The Exact Opposite of Okay is scary in a much more realistic and pervasive way. I also find Jude in the Noughts and Crosses series very creepy and unpredictable.

See other book characters I would NOT want to be friends with.


NOPE: DEATH. A CHARACTER DEATH THAT STILL HAUNTS YOU.

Sirius Black was upsetting and shocking…it probably traumatized a generation! There are a few that have really stuck in my mind (but I don’t want to spoil anyone!).

There was one in The Dollmaker of Krakow that had me in a mess for days. So much so that I recommend that book but warn people that it will break them!

I am very much a character reader so become very attached to characters, meaning that character deaths leave me shell-shocked. I have had a few occasions where I have had to stop reading the book to calm down because I can’t see the book for tears…


NOPE: AUTHOR. AN AUTHOR YOU HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE READING FOR AND HAVE DECIDED TO QUIT.

This is another tricky question! I certainly have authors whose writing style I love and others whose writing style I find a bit more difficult to get along with, but I can usually appreciate the merits of a book even if it’s not personally my favourite style of writing. Need to think some more about this one…

 


So there, you go! I feel a little bit like I have talked more about books I have enjoyed than those that make me go ‘Nope!’…whoops!

What did you think of my answers?

Do you agree or disagree with any of my opinions?

Any other things that make you say ‘nope’ when reading or choosing a book to read?

Let me know in the comments!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lilyfae says:

    Aaah this is so good!!!
    I’m still torn on the Ron/Hermione thing, I think that Film Ron didn’t deserve Hermione but Book Ron did even if he doesn’t look the best match on paper for her- he had massive inferiority complex, a wall up about it & didn’t always know how to process his emotions ( as many kids packed off to boarding school do) but Hermione saw the kind, incredibly loyal and brave in the face of inferiority (well maybe not some of book 7) heart behind the oafish behaviour.
    I think once he realised that Hermione really does like him it’s not a joke or dumb luck he probably settled down and is the most amazing champion for her, and sometimes amazing people need the constancy of a dependable person in their corner so they can spread their wings
    I also think that his family poverty has a role in it- Ron was talented at divination and he had second hand & broken wands, the shame is part of his character and when he can escape that I think he would be a great guy.
    That’s me anyway!! 🙈

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  2. Out of interest and please don’t take this as me being argumentative cause I’m not- what would have happened in the HP epilogue in your dream world? I’d have changed Albus’s name to Sirius Remus for a start, and I wouldn’t have killed Sirius…
    I found Jude and Danny very scary as well in different ways! And I know instalove may seem unrealistic but I don’t mind it too much because without saying too much I can be very guilty of the thing that especially annoys you 🙈😂
    Amy x

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