We’re back at it again with a tag! Not that I was tagged by anyone (big sob moment), but rather because I’ve been moving around a lot and I’ll be starting a new job soon, so I’ve barely had any time to think of any new post.
(Except the next Art Sunday, I’m set on keeping a streak with that for the time being)
I’ve been seeing this tag around for some time now, so I have no idea who came up with it. Comment below if you know.
I saw it on The Bibliophagist a few days ago and (since nothing gives me that rush of self-importance more than answering questions about myself no one asked in the first place) I thought I’d give it a try.
Other notable mentions are Wordy and Whimsical, for some killer taste in books and amazing aesthetic, and Books for Thoughts, because I just discovered her blog while looking into this tag and I agree with everything she said in the post.
Now it’s time for the fun bit!
Which trope (or tropes) in books annoy you the most?
I answered this question here. I still stand by what I said, but I’ll expand on it because why not.
I guess all the tropes that annoy me are also a guilty pleasure. I’m the type of knob who consumes a lot of cringey content just because cringing is the only sensation that makes me feel something at this point (now you get why I just called myself a knob). So this kinda extends into my reading habits.
Overly cheesy, taking-over-the-actual-plot, always-cockblocked-by-some-external-factor kind of romance? Hate it, but bring it on! (Looking at you, typical 2013 YA urban fantasy). Manic pixie dream girls? Love to hate them. Love triangles? Oh boy, got myself a feast!
But if anything actually annoys me beyond just banter, it has to be the pretentiously intellectual, misunderstood, overly-analytical and border-line obsessive male protagonist. He’s a heartthrob with slight sexist tendencies, and he’s ready to rock your world with his niche taste in music and his first semester philosophy reader!
The best example I can think of right now is literally every male character from The Secret History by Donna Tartt, but especially Henry and Richard, the narrator.
I’ll have a rant review coming up soon, if I ever finish it.
Which writer or writers do you feel are overrated/overhyped?
Please, don’t kill me! But Brandon Sanderson never really impressed me. I’m talking about his writing style. As a writer per se, he’s one of the most productive authors I’ve ever come across, with a new book published every year and a very intricate world building that ties together all of his series. And to be fair, I only read two out of three Mistborn books. But according to popular opinion, they were supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread. And they just weren’t. They weren’t bad books. I’d even go as far as to call them good, but they just happened not to be my type of fantasy, which is totally fine.
What are your least favorite books you’ve read, since joining BookTube?
I’m only a puny blogger and I started reviewing books on here just recently, but I guess since joining the community back in January, two books stood out as most disappointing. I’m talking about A Column of Fire by Ken Follet, which I ranted about here, if you care about the tea, and The History of Bees by Maja Lunde, that I briefly mentioned in last month’s wrap-up.
A terrible ending, that ruined an otherwise quality book?
I don’t know if this counts, but the second half of The Secret History by Donna Tartt really drags on and is significantly worse than the first, which had great potential. But still have a few hours left of the audiobook, so I’m hoping it’ll pick up soon.
Also, The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett has a really whack ending. It would’ve just been an averagely written, mildly problematic fantasy up until some things unfold, but after a certain scene that I’ve discussed in my review, everything just went downhill.
Which fictional character(s) do you wish were not killed off?
I don’t know if this is a spoiler, considering that everyone seems to have watched Game of Thrones at this point. Continue reading at your own risk.
I’ll always sob after Robb Stark. I remember being 13 and reading the death scene and just gasping for air in my mum’s office at work, because the Red Wedding gave me a straight panic attack. And after that I kept having nightmares about trying to save him, but never getting there on time.
I was quite young. I haven’t felt that hard for a character since then probably.
What are some of your bookish pet peeves?
I hate when people only read one genre/ type of books and are afraid to venture out. And I especially hate it when they get stubborn about it, saying what they like is superior to everything else out there, when they haven’t even tried it. Yikes.
And I also hated it when literature teachers in high school gave me the look when they saw me reading fantasy/sci-fi. If you know, you know.
In general, I can’t stand people who brag about not reading. You sincerely have all my condolences.
What are some books you feel should have more recognition?
I think more people should read The Vivisector by Patrick White. If you enjoyed The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, you have to give it a try. It’s the life story of a fictional artist, Hurtle Duffield, who grew up in scarce conditions, but was adopted by a wealthy family. It explores a lot of themes relevant to the plot, such as the suffering of the artist, religion and the meaning of life. It’s dark. It’s smart. And it’s definitely harder to digest, but worth every head scratch.