The Emperor’s New Clothes Book Tag

Hello all! I recently saw a really cool tag over on The Orangutan Library, so I thought I’d give it a shot! It’s called the Emperor’s New Clothes Book Tag, as you may have guessed from the title of this post! I’m going to tag Ann, Katelyn, Mikaela, Danielle, Maraia, and Diana, but everyone is welcome to take this tag and give it a try!

“YOUR MAJESTY, THIS IS A MAGIC SUIT” – AN OVERHYPED BOOK THAT PROMISED TO BE *SOMETHING MORE*

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 

Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoI know everyone loves this, so it’s probably an unpopular opinion, but I just found it didn’t pick up the pace properly until very near the end. I might pick up the second book since it got interesting in the last few chapters, but it felt like a very long pilot episode to me. The character and world-building was great though.

“SOMEBODY SEND FOR THE QUEEN” – A LOVE INTEREST THAT WASN’T CALLED FOR

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

I will never be okay with the Peeniss situation. Even their couple name is bad! I would have understood if Katniss ended up with Gale, which I shipped all the way through, but winding up with Peeta as her love interest really wound me up. They don’t mesh. He’s had this lifelong crush on her and wants her affection and attention all the time; she’s never felt the same way about him and isn’t the type to be doling out the hugs and kisses he’s so desperate for. I thought the whole introduction of Peeta as a love interest was pretty uncalled for – I understood why she didn’t see Gale in the same way anymore, but I just don’t feel it added anything to the plot to have her pair off with Peeta and get coaxed into having the kids she’d sworn her whole life she didn’t want.

“THE DOUBLET IS A LOVELY SHADE OF GREEN” – A BOOK THAT SEDUCED YOU WITH ITS COVER (THAT YOU ENDED UP DISLIKING)

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuval

Hmm…maybe Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuval? Though now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure I DNF’d it, so maybe I should give it another chance.

“SUMMON THE COURT TO CONVENE” – A BOOK WHERE YOU WERE SWAYED BY PUBLIC OPINION

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Maybe Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I would never have picked it up in a million years if I hadn’t heard such rave reviews from everyone else. It was one of the few classic books that I saw everyone from YA readers to fantasy fans singing the praises of, so I thought I’d give it a shot, and I wasn’t disappointed.

“LOOK AT THE THE KING! LOOK AT THE KING, THE KING, THE KING!” – A STARK RAVING MAD BOOK THAT JUST BOGGLES THE MIND

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

The Strange Library

Basically any Murakami book could fit here, let’s face it! But I’ll go with The Strange Library, because that is exactly what it says on the tin!

“IT’S ALTOGETHER THE VERY LEAST THE KING HAS EVER WORN” – A TROPEY GET UP YOU’VE SEEN BEFORE THAT PROBABLY NEEDS REDRESSING (AKA A TROPE YOU’RE BORED WITH SEEING)

The “angsty asshole with a tragic past” situation

The Infernal Devices - Clockwork AngelIt drives me nuts when a character is angsty and rude, and has a trigger-happy defence mechanism of being an arsehole when someone tries to get close – but it’s okay, because don’t you know they’ve had a tragic past? That obviously means they can treat people like they’d treat dog turd trodden into their cream carpet, right? WRONG!!! It drives me mad!

I recently read Clockwork Angel, and all I could think about was how everyone loves Will Herondale and sings his praises, but to me, he’s just an arrogant kid with commitment issues. I understand the last part and how he might not want to get close for fear of losing someone he cares about, but why be an ass about it? Jem Carstairs, from the same book, is also an orphan living in the Institute with Will, and not only that, he has been shipped over to a completely foreign land from Shanghai, where he has to get used to life without parents, in a new language, new culture etc. all whilst being gravely ill – and is he an ass about it? No, he’s damn nice! Sorry, got a little carried away, but it’s just so irritating! Does anybody else find this annoying?!

“SUMMON THE COURT PHYSICIAN! CALL AN INTERMISSION!” – A BOOK THAT NEEDS MEDICAL ATTENTION AKA A REWRITE

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

This is going to be another very unpopular opinion, but hear me out. I’m not saying it’s a bad book. What I am saying is that when I pick up a fantasy book, I’m not actually looking for Fifty Shades of Faerie. Romance has never been my genre, and the raunchy bits  just killed what could have been a halfway decent plotline for me. Plus, the “romance” bits were questionable and a little rapey in my opinion – “Feyre, you must stay in your room because if you don’t, I WILL have my way with you because I simply can’t help myself”?! And the whole “I own you now, so just walk around naked covered in paint so I can tell if someone touches my property”– nonono. Maybe it’s some kink that I don’t get, but I couldn’t bring myself to touch the second one. I know, I know, I’m committing some kind of bookworm treason or whatever, but it’s just not my cup of tea. Rewrite it without the dirty parts and I probably would have quite liked it.

“IT’S ALTOGETHER THE VERY LEAST THE KING HAS EVER WORN” – THERE’S NO HIDING FOR THIS ONE: A BOOK THAT IS JUST NAKEDLY BAD

Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James

I’m going to echo this tag’s lovely creator and say Fifty Shades of Grey. I have to admit, I have barely read any of it at all so it may be a rash judgement (gross phrase to use in the context of this book..!) I have literally read the first chapter, and then skipped around reading passages throughout the book, but it creeped me out so much as it was written in a style that suggested it was aimed at young teens, and the content was definitely NOT what you’d expect to find it a YA novel. The combination of adult content and almost childlike writing made me feel queasy. Plus the bits I read were flat out cringey, and what kind of woman calls her privates “my sex” and says “double crap” when something goes wrong?!

BONUS: “HIS MAJESTY IS WIDE OPEN TO RIDICULE AND SCORN”- SOMETHING (ANYTHING) THAT ASTOUNDS YOU WITH ITS POPULARITY

Well, the above for a start. Why? And also, who do you go and see that at the cinema with? Go on your own and you look creepy, go with your other half and you look like a couple of pervs, go with your friends and it’s just a weird, intimate shared experience…seriously, who is seeing this at the cinema?!

The Great Gatsby by F Scott FitzgeraldPeriod dramas. I’ve tried SO many, and they all just blend into one big ball of “oh heavens, she’s pregnant out of wedlock!” or the servant girl is to run away with the rich boy blah blah blah…the only one I’ve liked so far has been ITV’s Victoria, though I haven’t watched the second season that’s on at the mo. And I like The Great Gatsby, and Z: The Beginning of Everything if that counts.

Modern art. I like art that shows talent, skill and passion – I don’t understand all this “I’ve put some empty Dr Pepper cans on a chair but one of them is filled with Fanta and it represents how I appear to the outside world versus who I am inside.” No it doesn’t, you’ve just put your recycling on a chair. I’m all for self-expression, but I don’t understand the line between “that’s for the bin” and “that’s modern art, I’ll give you £1,000,000 for that baby”?!

Super hot weather. I like a bit of sunshine, but I don’t understand the whole “I’m going on holiday to this place specifically because it’s a million degrees”. Why does it have to be THAT hot? If it’s cold, you can layer up – if it’s too hot, there’s only so much you can layer down before it’s public indecency..!

What’s your bookish pet peeve? E.g. love triangles, being “the chosen one”, the guy changing the girl’s life, the girl being a damsel in distress…there’s just so many to choose! Let me know yours in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

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11 thoughts on “The Emperor’s New Clothes Book Tag

  1. daleydowning says:

    Great post! I’ve never understood the idea of going on holiday (where you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself) to somewhere that’s approximately 123 degrees on an average Tuesday. To heck with the tropics — give me Iceland in July!

    And THANK YOU so, so much for saying what needed to be said about Katniss and Peeta — for years, I’ve thought I was the only one in the Camp Gale area. To be perfectly honest, Katniss choosing Peeta RUINED the series for me. After book 1, I was expecting her to tell Peeta “You know it was just so we could survive the Games, right?”, and totally get together with Gale. She was adamant about not wanting kids, and wanting to save Prim, and Gale offered in that first chapter of book 1 to take Prim with them if they ran away — whereas I don’t think Peeta gave a sh** about Prim at all. Personally I found him to be a selfish, juvenile brat. Gale was mature and confident and so awesome, looking after Katniss’ mom and Prim during the Games, and never losing faith in her, even with all the horrible stuff the Capitol put her through. And, quite frankly, when you find out your tyrannical dictator government used mind control to set your former survival games partner on a mission to kill you — and then you MARRY him — OH MY GOD, BUT NO!!

    Sorry for the rant, but great thoughts!

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    • Tsundoku Girl Reads says:

      Thanks so much, Daley! And omg, right?! Too much!!

      OMG YES, I’m glad you agree! I wholeheartedly agree with everything you just said, especially about Gale taking into account her family, unlike Peeta. And yes, seriously?! What part of that screams life partner?! And the fact she had kids when she didn’t want to just sounds like whiney Peeta wore her down 🙄
      Oh please do rant, it’s refreshing to see someone with the same thoughts!!

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  2. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Yay love that you did this!! Shame you weren’t into six of crows, but that’s fair enough. hahahaha you’re so right about the name Peenis- yeesh!!- no one should ship that!! I agree that they didn’t mesh either. Though I’ve got to admit to not being sold on any of the romance in those books to be honest.I couldn’t get into Sleeping Giants either, even though I was also pulled in by the cover love. Yay glad you weren’t disappointed by Rebecca too!! Agree about ACOTAR- it wasn’t my cup of tea either- to be honest I really like the author, but her sex scenes are a little cringe (and in that book border on rapey) I agree that it’s the perfect book for a rewrite. (also love the term Fifty shades of faerie LOL!) hehehehe no you’re not being rash- it’s just a terrible book, I agree with you so much!! hahahaha I so agree about going to see it in cinema too- although I do know some people who went to see fifty shades as a group to play a drinking game… they said even then it was awful. Not even being drunk can save that film apparently. hehe I agree with you on the most part about period dramas (actually if I didn’t love Poldark so much I’d agree with you entirely 😉 ) And I agree with you for the most part about modern art- the only reason why I don’t agree entirely, again, is cos there’s some modern art that’s more traditional (paintings by Dalwood or Sally Mann’s photography for eg) which I happen to love- it’s just that these artists rarely get as much attention as people like Tracy Emin who create the travesties you speak of *fumes*!! hehehe true about hot weather!!

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    • Tsundoku Girl Reads says:

      It was super fun! I wouldn’t say it’s a bad book at all, but I wasn’t properly gripped until the very end. I might pick up the second based on that, though!
      Haha, omg, right?! It’s Peeniss or Katpee – neither is good!! I liked Annie and Finnick in terms of romance in the books though.
      Yeah, same! Maybe I’ll pick it up again one day 🤔
      Yeah, it had a great twist, which I’m a sucker for! 😎
      Haha, phew, I was expecting to receive some hate mail over dissing SJM 😂 and LOL, I’ll tell SJM she can use the term😏😂
      Haha, that’s how you know it’s bad – you’re still repulsed when intoxicated! 😂
      I was curious about Poldark, but then I didn’t watch because I’ve just given up with the genre 😂
      Oh yes, I should have been clearer – the painting and photography I get as it clearly takes talent and skill – it’s just the strange stuff that a kid could do if you get what I mean? Like a handprint on a wall or something 😂
      Omg yes, there’s warm and then there’s TOO warm 😂

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      • theorangutanlibrarian says:

        Ah cool! hahaha oh my gosh- now I know why people don’t use the ship name lol!! Oh yes me too- that was definitely the one I was rooting for.
        hehehe yes!! 😂😂
        Oh it’s awesome!! I think episode one was the lowest point of the whole thing, but after that it just gets better and better- I recommend it if you want to try the genre again 😂😂 Though I don’t blame you if you don’t, there’s an awful lot of that genre I didn’t like.
        hehehe no worries- I *definitely* agree!! And I’ve studied art, so I don’t agree with their arguments about how it’s “high concept” or whatever- they’re just con artists and it’s still rubbish no matter what nonsense they come up with to back it up. 😂
        hehehe yes!!

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      • Tsundoku Girl Reads says:

        Haha, it’s not the best!! 😂 Aw, yes, they were so sweet!
        Oh really? Maybe I’ll give it a try one day 🤔
        Right?! I enjoy art and I understand people express themselves in different ways but I can’t understand how like, a crushed soup tin can be placed next to like, a pencil drawing that looks like a photo? How do they compare talent-wise?!

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  3. Louise ✨🦇 says:

    I’m really bored of the whole “asshole with a tragic past” trope too, especially when they show one sign of emotional vulnerability and everyone starts going “MY PRECIOUS SMOL CINNAMON ROLL PROTECT THEM”. Especially if they kill people 😬

    I’ve never really gotten into the whole 50 Shades phenomenon no matter how much my friends pressure me because it just looks and sounds so horrible. Plus, I read some excerpts from the spin-off from the guy’s perspective and it was even worse. There’s a way to write male characters in erotic fiction, and that just isn’t it. I’m really not interested in what someone’s genitals think 😬

    I do disagree with you about modern art, though. To me, it’s more interesting than just staring at pretty pictures of some flowers or a landscape, but I just like weird things, so maybe it’s just me, haha 😅

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    • Tsundoku Girl Reads says:

      Omg, isn’t it so annoying?! I can’t get my head around it!

      Yes, it’s so gross! It’s just so crude! If I was to like that genre, I still wouldn’t like that 🤢 and yes, exactly!!

      Oh, I’m not dissing modern art at all – it’s just that I tend to like the kind of more obvious art, if that makes sense? Like paintings, photography, sculpture etc – the really out there stuff like Tracy Emin or Marina Abramovich I don’t really understand! I appreciate that people do though, and I think that’s great; I just can’t get my head around it 😂

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  4. Maraia says:

    Thanks for the tag! S and I really need to get back into blogging, haha.

    I agree with you on Six of Crows! I’m still debating if I want to read the sequel, too. Maybe we should buddy read it for extra motivation, haha.

    I don’t think Katniss should have ended up with either one of them! The ending was so lame and not what I wanted for someone who was so strong throughout the books.

    And I agree with you on Sleeping Giants. And the “angsty asshole with a tragic past” answer. And ACOTAR of course, except I would go farther and say that it actually is a bad book, lol.

    I had no idea that 50 Shades was a YA-adult mix. That gross.

    The bonus question answer made me laugh. I completely agree! Especially about modern art. It astounds me that people pay thousands for that crap.

    In conclusion: I guess I don’t need to do the tag after all, since my answers would mostly be the same. 😂

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