Happy Thanksgiving, American friends! Happy Thursday, global friends! Today, I saw a sad Tweet a British man shared about his son, who got up at 6:00AM every day, walked 45 minutes to work, and was often sent home because there were already too many people there. He was pointing out an injustice, but everyone told him be glad his son had a nice dad, that his son wasn’t homeless, etc. I think we’re allowed to honor our feelings, even if others have a worse situation that we do. Their sorrows do not mean we cannot have our own. There are times I’m not thankful, so today, I’m doing “The Nope Book Tag,” which I discovered at The Writer Side of Life, owned by Kim. I’m sticking to my 2018 books, blog hopping, and recommendations.
#1: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy. I choose Excellent Women by Barbara Pym. Did she somehow transition to volunteer secretary?
#2: A main character you nope and who drives you crazy. Amy Haimerl in her own memoir. She’s not a character, but she’s definitely burying her head in the sand about her culpability in gentrification of Detroit.
#3: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE after you invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore. I haven’t 100% given up on it, but I sure don’t rush back to the Dark Ones series by Katie MacAlister. I’ve read several of them. I’m just worn out on female narrators who probably refer to their vaginas as no-no places.
#4: Nope! A relationship you don’t support. Anyone Joan Fontaine wants to marry. She got married repeatedly and then wrote a lousy memoir. I’m trying so hard to forget it and keep her in my head as Mrs. de Winter instead.
#5: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or noped. Plot twist! The only reason Summer is fat in Pigs Don’t Fly is because her mother stuffed her full of fattening treats so “only a pervert would love her.” The twist is supposed to be that her mother never loved her.
#6: Protagonist action/decision that made you shake your head nope. When Shasta and Ulyssa decide to take another job from a mob boss and head to Mexico on a cruise in Fat Bodyguards. Stay in Virginia, ladies!
#7: A nope genre you will never read. I’m just not into middle grade books. I barely make it through young adult lit, but have been reading it lately because the genre is create new fat protagonists, which helps me on my reading quest.
#8: Book formatting you hate and nope until it comes out in a different edition. Basically, when authors try to send me one e-format that they’ve put through a website to make it another format, and it’s all just janky. If you want a review, you need to have the file formats I work with.
#9: A trope that makes you go nope. I’m reading like my life depends on it to find fat women who do NOT become happy through dating or dieting.
#10: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you nope. Sorry folks, I’m still not reading Harry Potter. Don’t at me.
#11: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you nope your eyes. Since I’m reading more young adult lit this year, I find myself rolling my eyes that the whole point of a story is to get that first kiss. There are many people who yearn for non-relationship events in high school.
#12: The nope-ty love interest that’s not worthy of being one. The summer boyfriend in Jaimy Gordon’s She Drove Without Stopping. He had money but played the starving artist, was a cheat, barely attentive. Why is the narrator like a light switch with this guy?
#13: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you nope in the opposite direction. The mean ol’ mother in Like Water for Chocolate should just be sucked up with a vacuum cleaner and left in there with the dust and toe nail clippings.
#14: A character death to which you still say nope. Lincoln in Topdog/Underdog. And because I was the stage manager of the play, I had to watch him get shot over and over and over again.
#15: NOPE! An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit. Lindsay Faith Rech. I wish I could say, “Not even once.” But I read Losing It and noped so hard I’m still mad.