Netflix and Books Tag

To be perfectly honest, I think I’d prefer books to “chill” any day ^^

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I got this tag from Beth at Reading Every Night

Rules

  • 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!

So apparently you only do the ones you want to, so the following is only the ones that I could think of an answer for, and all of the prompts are listed at the end, per the rules ^^

 

Vampire Diaries: Your Ship Sank or Didn’t Happen

‘Soldier’ (Talon #3) by Julie Kagawa.

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The Talon series has a love triangle in it between Ember (the main character, who is a dragon (although she is usually in human form, of course)), Riley (another dragon), and Garret (a human). (I would highly recommend reading this series, by the way. Please do not be deterred by the love triangle). Also, may I just say that the thing that impressed me the most about this book is that for once, FOR ONCE, the main character didn’t just float around, refusing to choose anyone ever. Ember decided to suck it up and choose and that was just incredibly refreshing to see.

Now skip ahead to my next answer if you are not prepared for spoilers.

So Garret used to be a soldier who hunted and killed dragons, but he fell in love with Ember, realised that all dragons aren’t evil (as he was raised to believe), and left the Order of St George (the soldier people). Riley is Ember’s Salitht’ahn (I have absolutely no idea if I spelt that right) which is basically the dragon word for life mate.

Being that it’s a love triangle, I promised myself that I wouldn’t ship anyone, but I hardcore ship Ember and Garret and there is no stopping it. The only problem is, Garret was just killed off.

(I am, however, holding on to the hope that he’ll come back, or wasn’t really dead, etc, etc. All that stuff that happens to “dead” characters).

 

Friends: Best Cast of Characters/Friendships

‘The Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer.

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I feel as though I can’t write a single one of these posts without mentioning my favourite books (after all, I love them for a reason), and one of the amazing things about The Lunar Chronicles is the cast of characters. These characters are brilliant because they have fleshed out backstories and personalities and just, overall, feel real because of this. Also, the friendships built between them feel natural and amazing, and don’t happen instantaneously like in some books (Cinder and Thorne (brotp right there), and Scarlet and Winter are two of my favourite friendships in the series).

The main reason, however, why I think the cast of characters is so good is because of the diversity. I’m not just talking about the fact that we have main characters who are men, women, white, black, Asian, etc, I’m also talking about how diverse their personalities are.

We’ve got everything from a stubborn woman who always speaks her mind and is not afraid to shoot you, to a brooding, protective and devoted man. Everything from a man who was born into a life of luxury that comes with a lot of weight on his shoulders, causing him to doubt himself about every decision he makes, to a woman who is confident, brave, and has lived a difficult life. Everything from a woman whose living family would happily see her dead, but who is still kind, friendly, and open with her emotions, to a man who hides his emotions at all costs, blending into the background and therefore coming across as cold and indifferent. Everything from a man who is flirtatious, loud, and overconfident in his abilities, who skips from woman to woman, and is impulsive and outgoing, to a woman who is shy, quiet, and dreams of fairy-tale-prince type men who will sweep her off her feet and into a life of romance and long term commitment.

And all of the above sets of characters are couples.

It may sound like it would never work out between some of them, but trust me, these couples are strong. It may sound like these couples would feel forced, but no.

 

Gossip Girl: Hate That You Love/Guilty Pleasure

‘The Selection’ by Kiera Cass.

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This series was awful in every way, and yet I loved it. Between the love triangle, and the constant arguments that never would’ve happened in the first place if the characters just talked like normal people, and the fact that the entire idea of a bunch of girls competing to marry a prince is the most white trash thing I’ve ever heard, I still cannot get over the fact that I like this series. I feel like I talk about this too much, but it just baffles me. I just have no idea why I like it.

Also, the setting of this book wasn’t well developed at all. It was supposed to be set in the future, but in many ways it felt like it was set in the present (although in a fantasy version of our present, of course) and in some ways it felt like it was set in the past (archaic ideals of sex and sexuality in their society).

 

Doctor Who: Long Series You Loved

‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by C. S. Lewis.

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Admittedly, all of these books were pretty short, but that doesn’t change the fact that there are seven books in this series and yet that didn’t feel like nearly enough.

(Okay, so this isn’t exactly the longest series in the world. Sure, there are a lot of series’ longer than this, but I haven’t read much by way of long series’. After all, picking up the first book of fifteen is a commitment (and do I look like I’ve got that kind of time and money on my hands?), not to mention, it can be really hard to figure out which one is the first one.)

 

Grey’s Anatomy: All The Feels

‘Heartless’ by Marissa Meyer.

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Reading Heartless was like watching a disaster in slow motion. Like that feeling you get when you see a glass on the other side of the room, falling, and no matter how desperately you reach for it, there is nothing you can do.

Going into the book, you know that it’s the backstory of the Queen of Hearts. In other words, you know it’s not gonna end well, but there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

This book was, however, written extremely well (no surprises there, Marissa Meyer is an amazing author). The relationship between the main characters felt very natural, and I feel that Marissa Meyer really captured the entire essence of everything that Wonderland is.

Spoilers ahead. Skip to my next answer if you want to avoid them.

Another good thing about Heartless is that when Cath and Jest are planning to go to Chess and then go on a journey across the land to defeat the Red Queen and end the war for good etc etc before peacefully living their lives together, what struck me was that in any other book, that’s how it would’ve went. If Cath wasn’t supposed to become the Queen of Hearts, this book would’ve been the first of a trilogy and everything that she and Jest planned would’ve happened, resulting in a happy ending for them.

I really wanted that for them.

 

How I Met Your Mother: Bad Ending

‘The Crown’ by Keira Cass.

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The Selection series has a sequel series, and that series ends with The Crown. This series follows the story of America and Maxon’s daughter, Eadlyn. (By the way, what is with the names in this series?)

(Also, sorry. “America and Maxon’s daughter” technically would count as spoilers for the original series, but honestly, I’m not going to count it as a spoiler because it was pretty obvious who she was going to end up with.)

As we’ve already established, the Selection series has sucked me in, and, as it is something that I appear to be unable to escape from, I bought The Heir (first book in the second series) despite telling myself that I wouldn’t. I then told myself that I would read The Heir, but then stop. It seemed easy enough at first (The Heir started out hard to get into) but then, of course, I got addicted and bought the next one.

Now, for the sake of being fair, it seems worth mentioning that The Heir ended really well! The Crown, not so much.

Now skip to my next response if you are not prepared for spoilers.

So, going into this book, I knew that she was going to end up with Eikko (I looked it up), so, naturally, I really wanted to like them together; I really did! But I just couldn’t do that.

Eadlyn and Eikko’s relationship was the worst case of insta-love that I have seen in a long time. Within half a page of realising that she had feelings for him, Eadlyn called him her soul mate. Within one page of kissing each other for the first time, and admitting their feelings to each other, they said that they loved each other. Approximately one week later, they got engaged. ALL of this took place in the last third of the last book in the series. (And that was the bad ending that I was telling you about. It’s not an unhappy ending, of course, but it feels WAY too forced).

 

The OC: Series That Should Have Ended Earlier

‘Pretty Little Liars’ by Sara Shepard.

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Anyone who has ever read (or watched) Pretty Little Liars has experienced that moment. That when-the-bloody-hell-is-A’s-identity-finally-going-to-be-revealed-so-that-I-can-move-on-with-my-life moment.

And then when A is finally revealed, there’s a new A to take their place.

It just got dragged on and on and ON. It took forever for any of the questions to finally be answered.

 

That 70s Show: Set in a Different Time Period

‘The Ivory Rose’ by Belinda Murrell.

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The Ivory Rose started out in the present, then moved back to the 1890s. This book was a favourite of mine as a kid, and I feel that it portrayed the 1890s really well and was very well researched (although, to be fair, I don’t know much about the 1890s).

It’s been a while since I thought about this book actually. I should read it again.

 

Orange is the New Black: Couldn’t Stop Reading

‘Carrie’ by Stephen King.

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What I liked about this book was how realistic it was – despite the fact that it centred around the paranormal. Stephen King wrote this book as though he was documenting something that had already happened, and it was very well done.

 

All Prompts:

  • 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/guilty pleasure
  • Doctor Who: Long series you loved
  • Grey’s Anatomy: All the feels
  • How I Met Your Mother: Bad ending
  • Supernatural: Favourite 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: Favourite book boyfriend
  • Breaking Bad: Favourite villain
  • Modern Family: Best family or parents

 

 

That’s it, then ^_^

Addilyn out.

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5 comments

  1. Beth (Reading Every Night) · January 11, 2017

    Great answers for this tag Addilyn. Oh I loved The Lunar Chronicles series, and I definitely agree they do have one of the best friendships I’ve read to date. The characters are all so different but they all work so well together don’t they? And of course there’s plenty of diversity too like you mentioned.
    I’m glad to see you enjoyed Heartless as well. I read that book last month and oh nearly cried at the ending. I know how the story would end pretty much. It’s about the Queen of Hearts kind of impossible not to know wasn’t it? But at the same time I really hoped for more for Cath and Jest. 🙂

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    • AddilynOfHufflepuff · January 24, 2017

      Yes, and what I love about their varying personalities is how they all compliment each other (you know, two halves making a whole and that cliche stuff). It was really great to read a series where the characters weren’t all practically the same person.
      Yes, Heartless was amazing, but the ending crushed my soul haha. Reading Heartless was like standing on a train track. I knew that eventually a train would show up and flatten me, but I didn’t move. Even when I saw the train on the horizon, drawing steadily nearer, I held my ground, hoping it would just magically disappear. And then I got flattened xD

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) · January 24, 2017

        It’s always great when you find book that make you feel that way, that the various characters just belong together.
        Yes it was the same when I was reading it. It’s kind of impossible not to know something bad will happen at the end but you still hope don’t you? It was just horrible and heartbreaking and I wish there had been a different ending for Cath and Jest.

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      • AddilynOfHufflepuff · January 25, 2017

        Yes, and that hope is what makes the pain worse haha. I was happy with the ending because it’s good to see a book with a sad ending every now and then, but at the same time, yes, I wanted so much more for them

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) · January 25, 2017

        Exactly, when you know it’s coming up you end up even more shattered. Oh it was still a great story, I agree, I guess we all need to read a sad book every now and again! 🙂

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