Many of my weekends have been spent like this: on the couch with a cup of tea, some savoury snacks, and either reading a book or watching a movie or television series. Sometimes, it’s even both — which is why this ‘Netflix and Books’ tag is riiiiight up my alley. Many thanks to Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks for tagging me! Here we go.
- Choose a book or book series that best matches the prompt provided.
- Feel free to change the TV show if you’d like it to reflect YOUR preferences!
- A blank set of the prompts is located at the very bottom.
- Link back to the creators, Christy at Novel Ink and Lauren at Bookmark Lit, and tag some friends to join in!
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Unlikable Character(s)
I’ve got a couple of thoughts for this question but let’s go with my more recent reads where I felt like unlikeable characters were one of the book’s major problems:
- All The Feels by Danika Stone — Immature, whiny female lead who neglects her real life in favour for fandom, and a love interest who’s kind of creepy. Both guilty of girl-hate.
- The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright — Immature, bland female lead who thinks like a 12-year-old despite being 20 years old and a male lead who’s so passive, he might as well be a wall. Some girl-hate.
- Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw — Immature, somewhat hateful female lead and a very weak love interest. Also some girl-hate.
I actually didn’t realise that there’s a trend to characters I found unlikeable until I wrote out this list. Hmm. Seems like girl-hate and immaturity grind my gears quite a bit. 😛
Friends: Best Cast of Characters & Friendships
“You’re like Lady Macbeth without the murder.”
“Thank you. You have no idea how much of a compliment that is to me.”
I love the trio in Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley. They’re good yet flawed people, and I found them incredibly refreshing and realistic. Sol suffers from agoraphobia and hasn’t stepped out of his house for three years. Lisa is a bit of a nut who’s ambitious and will do practically anything to get what she wants. Clark is sweet, charming, kind, and not at all your typical jock. Together, they’re hilarious.
Gossip Girl: Hate That You Love or Guilty Pleasure
My guilty pleasure is probably the whole genre of regency romance… and here’s why. This paragraph is a little NSFW, note. The women are usually damsels in distress or swooning virgins, and the men are dark, brooding heroes or jovial rakes who take pleasure in fondling their ladies in public. They’ll get caught by the ton in an uncompromising position, they’ll marry out of societal pressure (and a twinge of love), and the sex scene mostly ends with the woman orgasming even though it’s her first time and she’s never been touched (or touched herself) that way before. Most books in this genre are so crazy unrealistic and sexist, but I enjoy them as long as I don’t think too deeply about them. 😛
In the year I discovered the genre was actually a thing (2011), I read 50+ books by various authors — easily one every week, at least. I don’t hate that I really enjoy the genre, but I frankly wouldn’t be advertising it in public, haha. My favourite is Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mister Bridgerton, because the male lead is sunny and cheerful, and I like happy male leads.
Freaks & Geeks: Left You Wanting More
“Imagine, and it shall be. There are no limits.”
Hmm, I think The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye was one of those books that I feel was completely overhyped given what the story is actually like. It certainly left me wanting more — the characters were bland and unremarkable, the magic is super tame and boring, and the titular Game, said to have heightened stakes, was not at all dangerous or scary.
Come to think of it, the whole book was a let-down, I think, save for the writing, which I think is quite well-suited for fantasy books.
That 70’s Show: Set in a Different Time Period
“If anyone is going to kill you, it will be me. Understand?”
Her brother nodded, snuggling into her shoulder. “Will you protect me?”
“Until the day I kill you.”
Let’s go with And I Darken by Kiersten White. It’s set in the 1400s and is loosely inspired by Vlad the Impaler, who in this book is a brutal, violent, ugly girl named Lada Dragwlya. I loved the characters and thought the setting was very well-done and well-researched! 😀
Orange is the New Black: Couldn’t Stop Reading
“All Eli had to do was smile. All Victor had to do was lie. Both proved frighteningly effective.”
Is it too repetitive if I say Vicious by V. E. Schwab? I loved that book to pieces and was captivated from page one.
The concept is X-Men-y, the characters are crazy brutal and just crazy in general, and the opening scene was two people digging a grave. I mean, how cool is that?! I daresay this is my favourite Schwab work so far.
Modern Family: Best Family or Parents
“This was what was wrong with me. All this time I had been trying to figure out the secrets of the universe, the secrets of my own body, of my own heart. All of the answers had always been so close and yet I’d always fought them without even knowing it. […] I just didn’t let myself know it, think it, feel it. My father was right. And it was true what my mother said. We all fight our own private wars.”
My first instinct was to go with Highly Illogical Behavior again, but since I’ve already mentioned it, I think Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz also has great parents for both the leads — they’re actually incredibly supportive, given the time period it was set in (about forty years ago, I believe).
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: unlikeable character(s)
Vampire Diaries: your ship sank or didn’t happen
Friends: best cast of characters/friendships
Gossip Girl: hate that you love or guilty pleasure
Doctor Who: long series you loved
Grey’s Anatomy: all the feels
How I Met Your Mother: bad ending
Supernatural: favorite paranormal/fantasy
Freaks & Geeks: left you wanting more
The OC: series that should have ended earlier
Girl Meets World: should have a spin-off
That 70’s Show: set in a different time period
Orange is the New Black: couldn’t stop reading
Parks and Recreation: made you laugh out loud
One Tree Hill: favorite book boyfriend
Breaking Bad: favorite villain
Modern Family: best family or parents
- Sara @ Freadom Library
- Beth @ Reading Every Night
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books
- Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews
- Lois @ My Midnight Musing
- Kayla @ No Time for Tiny Bookshelves
- Veda @ Crown Print
- Rithika @ The Spacelings
- Donish @ Book It with Don
- Anastasia @ Panic at the Bookstore
- Daayla @ Bookish Daayla
- Ioana @ booksreenchanted
- Jocelyn @ 52 Letters in the Alphabet
Thanks for reading! ❤