It’s Book Tag Time again! I’m working on another review for next week, but there’s not much time right now for that between my university classes and actual reading going on. So things are slow going, but the important thing is that they *are* still going.
Feel free to tag yourselves, of course!
(Note: Original Tag Video can be found here by emmmabooks on Youtube)
1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel
Nimona – Noelle Stevenson: Yes. This is a graphic novel made up of a collection of comic strips, AND YET I NEED A SEQUEL. I’ve leant this book out a couple times now and my friends have responded pretty much the same. (Even as I write this I had to go back to Goodreads and check that there indeed was no sequel upcoming). Given that some big discoveries happen toward the end, I felt as though a new world was opening up, and I wanted to know more!
2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series
Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy without a doubt, a highly underrated series in some of the more prominent book circles. I don’t hear enough people talking about Skulduggery! In my mind these books far exceed a lot of the more popular mainstream series out there today. Similar to Harry Potter, the novels initially start out a bit middle grade/early YA, but grow and develop with the reader. Derek Landy has a brilliant sense of humor and he channels it through his characters so well. I’d read anything set in this universe.
3. An author who totally should write more books
Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, as in Welcome to Nightvale. I see news of a sequel, which is so fantastic, because Nightvale works just as well as a book as it does in podcast form (with minor adjustments of course)…But these writers are fantastic, and I feel that they have a lot of potential to create a really diverse range of characters and worlds.
4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else:
Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare. It’s hard to explain this answer for the people who haven’t read the series, but basically (if you exclude the epilogue), Tessa didn’t end up with who I wanted her to. I felt that personally, she defaulted to one choice in particular because *reasons* and then later comes back to my choice. But we’re just talking shipping preferences here :P Great series nevertheless. So many feels were felt.
5. Totally should’ve ended differently:
The Princess Bride – William Goldman: I didn’t hate the ending by any means; in fact it really suited the style of the novel and the author’s writing. However, the open-endedness did leave me a little dissatisfied, considering there was no follow-up.
6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise:
I’m quite scared to nominate books for movie franchises, as so often they are taken out of the author’s hands, and then I go and watch the movie and it just hurts to see what has happened to a story I loved–I just can’t separate the book from the film, guys D:. I think I’d nominate Vicious – V.E. Schwab as a stand-alone film (even though the novel *is* now getting a sequel). Because I do think it would lend well to some well choreographed action sequences, and it’s very action movie/sci-fi/urban fantasy all rolled into one. On top of this, it’s quite dark at times and would work with an older audience.
7. Totally should’ve had a TV show:
The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken: Given the success of The 100 and other shows based around dystopia/fantasy, I feel that The Darkest Minds would actually do far better as a tv series than say, a movie. It’d allow a lot more time for all the great imagery and symbols to come into effect, and more time could be dedicated to the different powers at work.
8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view:
Oh man, I feel this about a lot of books that I read, actually. (The hard part is to actually remember which ones….) One that’s been brought up a lot for me is actually Allegiant – Veronica Roth and I do sort of agree. I understand *why* it was done, and how the story couldn’t function without it, but it was still an odd shift over from the single POV in both Divergent and Insurgent. The main issue for people (myself included) is actually that the main characters sound very similar in their narration style and thought processes, and it’s debatable whether or not this is intentional–as they did both grow up in the same community. Whatever the case, the similarity of the dual point of view can cause confusion for readers trying to separate the characters as two *unique* human beings, but is still inherently necessary.
9. Totally should have a cover change:
Iron Druid Chronicles – Kevin Hearne: I don’t completely hate the current covers or anything, but given that there is so much folklore and supernatural stuff happening in these books, I don’t feel like they’re reaching their full potential with the very similar covers they’re all currently sporting.
10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers:
The Maze Runner Series – James Dashner: The new covers are super simplified, and I really liked the scenic covers we had beforehand. I liked that they were more colourful too, as books (especially fantasy/sci-fi?) tend to end up with a black/sleek colour scheme which looks a little boring on a shelf.
11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one:
Graceling Realm Series – Kristin Cashore: Such a great premise, so much potential for world-building and characters and it just really fell flat for me in book two; Fire. I know you either love this series or you hate it, and I tried really, really hard to be the former. The great messages of empowerment of women and so forth were inspiring and interesting in Graceling, but I felt that as I kept reading these themes were being shoved in my face far too frequently to hold their poignancy and just sort of felt overused and in the way of plot, which was sad. At least, that was the personal effect that the writing style had on me. One day I might give it a re-read and see how I go, but for now, DNF big time.