This is an old one that I only recently heard about, but I decided to do it despite it being old news.
1. A NOPE Ending – A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
I love, love, love Tana French’s In the Woods, but I recall being disappointed that it left many questions unanswered. It’s been long enough since I read it that I can’t remember specifics, but I do have the lingering sense of having wanted more from the ending.
2. A NOPE Protagonist – A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
I know so many people adore Lila Bard in the Shades of Magic books, but ugh, I can’t like her. She feels like a cliché to me and something of a Mary Sue.
3. A NOPE Series – A series that turned out to be a huge pile of NOPE after you’ve invested all that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.
I read all of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles when I was in high school and college, and I was pretty excited when she went back to writing them a few years ago. But I just could. not. finish. Prince Lestat. So I don’t know if I’ve changed or the writing has become…something… I dunno, but just nope.
4. NOPE Popular Pairing – A ship you don’t support.
You know, I don’t read a lot of the books that prompt this kind of reaction. I guess I do feel like Peter Grant + Beverley Brook is a bit forced, though. That relationship just does not add anything to the stories for me.
And though I know this is a book tag, can I just say that I can’t understand the Sherlock/Molly thing. I just don’t feel that one at all. (Nothing against those who ship it.)
5. NOPE Plot Twist – A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.
I didn’t find the unearthing of Gwenllian to benefit the Raven Cycle very much. I don’t know if that counts as a plot twist, per se, but it was a moment that could be plucked out of those books—the character could be, really—and nothing lost.
6. A NOPE Protagonist Action/Decision – A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.
Bad decisions make great stories, right? But I think pretty much everything Bella Swan did (and I only read the first two books, couldn’t even go on) just felt like NOPE to me.
7. NOPE Genre – A genre you will never read.
While I hesitate to say “never,” I probably won’t ever pick up erotica. Not my thing at all.
8. NOPE Book Format – Book formatting you hate and refuse to buy until it comes out in a different edition.
I don’t *hate* ebooks, but I tend not to read them. I’ve got so many downloaded that I will probably never read because my first inclination is always to reach for a physical book.
Oh, but I DO hate movie/TV tie-in book covers. I won’t buy those.
9. NOPE Trope – A trope that makes you NOPE.
Alpha males. A gruff bad boy that just needs the right woman to soften him. The overprotective type that comes off as controlling. Nope to all that.
10. NOPE Recommendation – A book that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.
Well, to be fair, any time someone says I “have to” see or read something, I’m that much LESS likely to do so. I’m contrary like that. But I don’t care how many people recommend Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale to me, I’m probably never going to read it. It just doesn’t sound interesting to me. My loss, I guess.
11. NOPE Cliché/Pet Peeve – A cliché or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.
Scenes in which two characters are arguing and then suddenly they start kissing. Arguments are not foreplay (at least not for me).
12. NOPE Love Interest – The love interest that isn’t worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.
Pretty much any Sherlock Holmes story that puts Holmes in a relationship (but especially if the relationship is with Irene Adler). I nope right on out of books that do that.
13. NOPE Book – A book that shouldn’t have existed.
Did I mention those new Lestat books? Also, with many apologies to Uncle Stevie, but Dreamcatcher was awful.
14. NOPE Villain – A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.
I know they’re dead, but the Dane twins in A Darker Shade of Magic were pretty damn creepy. I’d definitely avoid them.
15. NOPE Death – A character death that still haunts you.
One Day by David Nicholls. Movie was terrible, but the book made me ugly cry, and that’s very difficult to do if there aren’t animals involved.
16. NOPE Author – An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.
This is probably going to be somewhat… I don’t want to say “controversial,” because that’s not it, but it’s something I’ll probably get a lot of backlash for. But I don’t read Neil Gaiman anymore. I think he’s a lovely man, and I’ve enjoyed much of his work, but I never could get into American Gods, and I picked up one or two other books now and then, but they just didn’t work for me. And I don’t know if I outgrew him, or if the tone of his work changed, or what. I can’t even say I’ll never read him again. I just haven’t in a long, long time. But I do still admire him as an author.