The lovely Clara tagged me in the tropes book tag created by JesReadsBooks, thank you so much Clara! ♥ She’s absolutely phenomenal and her blog is as well, please check it out! It was definitely challenging but fun to answer these questions, so let’s jump in!
name two character from separate series that you ship.
This is honestly the hardest question out of all of them because I have never even thought about it until today. It took me a long time to figure out, but I settled on Safi from Truthwitch and Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices. Why? Because of the way they love their friends so deeply, having an unbreakable bond with them, Safi with Iseult and Will with Jem. They’re pretty loud people, impulsive in their actions, having to improvise quite often. I think it’d be fun to see how they interact.
name a female MC who didn’t need a man to complete her.
I had two potential characters for this, but I chose Rin from The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. Rin doesn’t have a love interest in this novel and she didn’t need one. She works well on her own, she’s very hardworking and determined and once she puts her mind to something, there is no stopping her (for better or for worse). She knows what she’s capable of, and The Poppy War was a lot about Rin discovering who she is, what she can do and figuring out what she wants to achieve, at least in my mind. So, no, she didn’t need a man to complete her.
name your OTP.
Listen, you can’t ask me that question. You just can’t. I have never been able to choose one OTP from a book, and I never will which I’m completely okay with. I will love all my romances. Instead, I’ll give you some of my favourites, in no particular order, some of them from unfinished series so maybe not exactly canon (but I’m hopeful!), some nostalgic: Emika & Hideo from Warcross, Laia & Elias from An ember in the ashes, Lei & Wren from Girls of Paper and Fire, Safi & Merik from The Witchlands, Enrique & Hypnos (with possibly a third character) from The Gilded Wolves… and this is just a small sample of my OTPs. See what I mean when I mean I can’t choose?
name a book that represented mental illness well.
Easy answer for me with Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. Mental illness is not part of the storyline, but Liesl, the main character, has been confirmed as bipolar by the author and it is ownvoices. I suffer myself from bipolar disorder and before reading this book, I’d never read a book representing bipolar disorder well, but bipolar disorder mostly being used as a (badly researched) plot device. With Wintersong however, I could see myself in Liesl even if she suffers from a different “version” of bipolar disorder than me. I understood her struggles, her reactions to certain things because I would have reacted the same way. I honestly teared up at how good the representation was and especially because it was not used as a plot point.
name a main character that did (or almost did) ruin a series for you.
For this one, I chose a character that did, in fact, ruin a series in the way that I will never get past the first book. That character is Matthew Clairmont from A discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I had, at first, rated this book four stars but the more I thought about it, the more I felt I had to lower the rating to a three. I loved Diana as a character, I thought she was brilliant. As for Matthew, well, I didn’t catch up on how uncomfortable he made until later in the novel. When I did however, finishing the book became much harder. The way he sometimes talks to Diana, his actions… His whole character made me very uncomfortable, and I decided to not continue with the series.
name a duo that when from friendship goals to relationship goals.
I thought this one would be easy, but as I looked through my goodreads, I realized quickly it wasn’t. It turns out I may or may not have a type when it comes to romances in books and in general…But I decided to go with Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices because I feel like they were actually friends before at least Tessa realized there might be romantic feelings involved, and I just love their whole friendship/relationship.
name a book you would forget for one reason or another.
I wish I could forget The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, so I could forget I actually lost a whole month reading this book, which I ended up rating one star. To this day, it might be the only book I rated one star, so it’s saying something. I came close to just quit reading a few times but by then, I’d already read more than half of it and lost weeks to it, so I just wouldn’t give up. It was dragging, with awful mental health representation in my opinion … I want to forget it.
name your favourite villain.
Ask me my favourite anything, and I will freeze every single time. I don’t have the ability to pick favourites, I will change my mind every time because I love a lot of things, so I’ll name two, from the same series: Valentine and Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments. They are both very creepy in their own way, but they appear “normal” as in they blend in quite easily (at least before people realize they’re villains) and that is scary in itself. Valentine believes he’s doing the right thing, that his views are the right ones and that is also terrifying. Sebastian uses people without seeming to feel at least an ounce of remorse, and he was a very good actor at the beginning which I believe makes him a very interesting villain.
name a book that could have benefited from a bit of parental guidance or adult supervision.
The characters from The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes could have benefited from having better adult supervision, because then maybe they would have listened to said adult supervision. I absolutely loved this book series, and I wonder how different things would have turned out if they’d had different adults around them (maybe they would have thought twice about putting themselves in danger?), it’d be interesting!
tag some friends.
If you see this and want to do it, consider yourself tagged! ♥
And here we are for the first tag on this blog! That was super fun to think about and write, so thank you again Clara!
I’d love to know all about your favourite OTP or characters from different series that you ship!
Until next time,