No Disclaimers Book Tag
Updated: Nov 4, 2021
It is time again for another Tag Time, which I am grateful for because it makes up for the lack of reviews I have been putting out...sorry about that... This time around I am going to be cover the 'no disclaimers' book tag. I feel like this tag is the opportunity to rant a bit, which is something I think all readers tend and need to do.
Here we go!
WHICH TROPE IN BOOKS ANNOYS YOU THE MOST?
There are a lot of tropes that I don't like in books, so much so that I have an entirely separate post for them (which you can find here). But for this question, I am going to go with something that can ruin the entire book for me even if I was enjoying it beforehand, which would be what I liked to call the Scooby-Doo ending.
Many books are guilty of this when a book is marketed as a supernatural/paranormal horror, only for the final twist to reveal that it was a human being all along (hence the name Scooby-Doo). I hate this trope. I feel misled or cheated when this happens to me, and want to throw my laptop out the window.
WHICH WRITER(S) DO YOU FEEL ARE OVERRATED/OVERHYPED?
I wouldn't necessarily say that any author I read or have interest in are overrated or overhyped per se. It always comes down to reader preference, but if I would have to choose one that is overrated for me, I would say Stephen King. My first read from him was less than stellar, and I decided to give him a second shot for a post I did, which went better than the first time, but I was still disappointed in the end.
WHAT ARE YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE BOOKS YOU'VE READ SINCE STARTING?
While I have read a decent amount of books that fall into the two star category, luckily I have had few that were one stars, but I still have some nonetheless. Two of the very first books I read when I started my reading journey were one stars in fact - All the Light We Cannot See and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The former was purely because I just don't tend to mesh with World War books, and the latter because absolutely nothing about it appealed to me in any way.
The only other book, aside from some graphic novels, that I gave a one star rating would be First Grave on the Right. Now, I have talked about why I have disliked this book so much in quite a few posts already, but if you aren't already aware, it is because it did an absolute no-no for me by romanticizing sexual assault (among other issues).
WHAT IS A TERRIBLE ENDING THAT RUINED AN OTHERWISE QUALITY BOOK?
As I said previously in the first question, any book that pulls a Scooby-Doo on me kind of ruins the experience for me, no matter how much I enjoyed it overall. I of course can't list any of those books because of spoilers though... but they are usually mystery thrillers or supernatural horrors.
WHICH FICTIONAL CHARACTER(S) DO YOU WISH WAS NOT KILLED OFF?
I honestly don't know how to answer this question as any answer I give will contain major spoilers. I am going to keep it vague and say that a manga I recently finished, and one I am currently reading and loving, devastated me because of the amount characters that were killed off that I loved. I knew I was in for some pain, but I was still not ready for it (and am still upset about it).
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR BOOKISH PET PEEVES?
In order to not sound like a broken record at this point, I am going to shift gears and go with a pet peeve when it comes to audiobooks.
This example comes specifically from the audiobook for The Blade Itself. The narrator, who otherwise did a fantastic job, kept pronouncing albino as al-bean-oh. It took me right out of the story every time, and that word is used a lot in the book.
WHAT ARE SOME BOOKS YOU FEEL SHOULD HAVE MORE RECOGNITION?
I thought I made a post all about some underrated gems that I read, but can't seem to find it... so I will re-iterate it here. It goes without saying that I think that webcomics in general are entirely underrated. It is rare to see people who do not focus exclusively on graphic novels or manga talk about them, which is a shame because they are fantastic.
As for books, I always say that The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones is underrated, along with The Devouring Gray duology by Christine Lynn Herman which I don't hear many people talking about. I would also recommend Crown of Bones by A.K. Wilder which came out this year and deserves more recognition.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CENCORSHIP AND BANNING BOOKS?
Hmm, this one is a bit of a tricky one. On the one hand, I feel like it is unnecessary to ban any book as people can write and read whatever they want. Censoring, on the other hand, makes more sense depending on the audience. It may be necessary, like movies, to censor books with mature content for younger readers, for example.