Thanks so much to The Sassy Book Geek for tagging me to do this even though it’s taken me so long to finally get to it!! I love seeing people’s opinions on tropes, especially since I think I’m the kind of person that actually doesn’t usually have a problem with them. This tag was originally created by Orangutan Librarian, so definitely check both those blogs out!!
1. #NOTALL Cover Changes – a cover change you liked
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: Do we even need to talk about how this was probably one of the best cover changes? Unfortunately I bought this book when it first came out so I own the first one and I hate it so so much just as a cover and I feel like it doesn’t do a very good job at getting the vibe of the book.
2. #NOTALL Adaptations – an adaptation you like more than the book
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini: It’s not that I particularly thought the movie was better but I did watch it first and I absolutely adored it. And so I had really high hopes for the book because you know, book is better than the movie, and it just wasn’t much better at all. In fact, I think because of that I like the movie more.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess: Kind of the same situation with me watching the movie before reading the book but I also felt that the movie was just a lot more accessible. Having seen that first it made it easier to understand the book but I feel like without that it would’ve made the book a lot harder to get through, especially all the violent scenes.
3. #NOTALL Tropes – a trope you’ll never get tired of seeing
I would say enemies to lovers because I live for that but sometimes I want something more wholesome so I’m actually going to go with the chosen one trope. I know it’s not very realistic considering there are regular people in those fantasy worlds that do important things too but I still love the idea of characters being born into their position and having to come into their powers.
4. #NOTALL Instalove – you instaloved this instacouple
Karou and Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
The thing is that I don’t absolutely hate it if a book has instalove, I just find myself not really invested in the couple so it was kind of hard for me to find an answer to this. I did really like this couple but also I read this book a long time ago and I have no idea how I would feel about their romance now.
5. #NOTALL Love Triangles – an example of a love triangle well done
Blue + Adam + Gansey from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I’m not gonna lie I actually thought that this love triangle was really well done and I think it fit the characters really well. I did initially really like Adam and Blue together but they never really clicked because Blue was supposed to be with Gansey (and they were so freaking adorable together) and Adam with Ronan. It was just so good and didn’t even feel like an overplayed romance trope but rather something that’s just completely realistic.
6. #NOTALL Parents – bookish parent that, you know, parents!
The dad from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I actually love the whole entire family dynamic in this series but the dad is just such a nice and caring father figure? I feel like most dads I read about are either completely absent or just are pretty aloof in general and here he actually bonded with his daughters and fully took care of them and I loved it so much.
7. #NOTALL Villains – a villain you love
Bellatrix Lestrange from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
She’s actually probably the only character that’s the standard definition of a villian (instead of just a more morally grey character) that I actually fully enjoyed reading about. I find that hardcore villains aren’t usually written to have much of a personality beyond just being “bad” but she had such interesting loyalties and character traits. I love morally grey characters so much though they’re my favourite.
8. #NOTALL Chosen Ones – a chosen one you can get behind
Y’all I’m not even kidding when I say I pretty much like every single chosen one. Throne of Glass, Harry Potter, Cinder, I’m just so ready for all of it.
9. #NOTALL Hyped Books – a book that lived up to the acclaim
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This book fully deserves all the hype that it gets. I actually found out about it from aesthetic posts on tumblr and not on goodreads/the general bookish community and only later found out that lots of people even know about it but it is honestly so amazing. All the characters are so fascinating and interesting to read about, and just the vibes of this book are so on point I love it.
10. #NOT ALL *Insert Favorite Genre* – a book that you’re not keen on from your favourite genre
My favourite genre ever has to be fantasy. Even though I read a lot of contemporary as well, I find that that’s usually me trying to fit as much reading as possibly into a rather hectic schedule.
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
There were so many things about this book that I was just so not a fan of and couldn’t get into for the life of me. I loved the x-men-esque concept but the characters and the plot just did not interest me at all.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I read this book recently and everything about it just felt so incredibly tropey? The premise itself I feel like would’ve been interesting enough at the time this book came out and would’ve seemed more “new” but oh man I hated the main character so much. It wasn’t just that she was incredibly annoying but for me it was because of her that I didn’t like the plot at all either.
11. #NOTALL *Insert Least Favourite Genre*- a book you liked from a genre you don’t often read
Okay it’s not that I don’t like science fiction, it’s just that I find it difficult to get into and it kind of scares me. But the sci fi books that I have read have all been at least 4 star ratings for me so I have no idea why I don’t pick them up more often
The Martian by Andy Weir
This was the first sci fi book I remember reading that very much focuses on the scientific aspects and I absolutely loved it. The main character was so funny and it was so interesting to read from his perspective as he tries to survive. I even enjoyed all the heavy science parts for some reason? So props to Andy Weir.