Here I am (finally) with another book tag. I asked you, lovely people, on Instagram what should I write about (it was a while ago) and this was one of the options. Here are my answers to tag-questions.
A BOOK THAT TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE HAD A SEQUEL
I really wish Eleonor & Park had a sequel. It was an amazing story but it ended in a kind of cliffhanger, and that’s why I really need to know what happened later and how it all worked out in the end.
A BOOK/SERIES THAT TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE HAD A SPIN-OFF
To be honest, I’ve never read any spin-off books/series and I’m seriously starting to wonder if anything is wrong with me. That aside, I really wish Marauders from Harry Potter had their own book. As much as we know, they were mischievous group of extraordinary wizards who caused so much trouble at Hogwarts and who wouldn’t want to know all about their days? I know I definitely would.
And The Hunger Games. It would be amazing if Suzanne Collins wrote books about previous Games, the ones where Haymitch or Johanna or Finnick were tributes. Or about lives of the other victors after the Games they won. I’m just too curious about that world and I wish the author gave us more information and hints.
AN AUTHOR THAT SHOULD TOTALLY WRITE MORE BOOKS
Suzanne Collins, Suzanne Collins, Suzanne Collins – and have I mentioned? SUZANNE COLLINS.
Seriously, I haven’t heard that she’s written anything other after The Hunger Games trilogy, which I absolutely adore, and it would be marvelous if she wrote anything new – I would read even her shopping list tbh.
Also, Jandy Nelson should definitely write more – I’ll Give You The Sun was such an extraordinary and lovely read, Nelson writes very beautifully. I’m also hoping to read The Sky Is Everywhere soon, but it would be great to read more of her work after that.
A CHARACTER THAT TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE ENDED UP WITH SOMEONE ELSE
I’m sitting in front of my shelves trying to remember any character that should have ended up with someone else and I really can’t. Is that weird?
But I have a strange feeling that that will eventually change when The Crown by Kiera Cass comes out. I have a feeling I won’t be satisfied and that my poor ship will crash and sink. And in that case I would have a character (Eadlyn) that should have ended up with someone else (Kile, my sweet little baby).*
An hour later:
Thomas from The Maze Runner should have ended up with Teresa!
Harry and Hermione should have ended up together in The Deathly Hallows!
Seems like I do have some crushed ships.
* I wrote this a couple of days before I read the book and even though it didn’t end as I hoped, I’m totally okay with it.
A BOOK THAT TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE ENDED DIFFERENTLY
Again I have no idea which book to pick. OH. I know. Champion by Marie Lu. How dare you to torture your readers’ poor souls?! And your characters have been through so much and then *spoiler* Day loses his memory and June lets him go – c’mon. I mean yeah, they meet again in the end, and I seriously hope they bond together again, but still, we only have hope, not a real answer. Cliffhangers are not wanted in my presence, thank you.
Also, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – I loved the last book in Harry Potter series, I really did, but the only thing that still bothers me is 19 years later epilogue. I don’t like who Harry ended up with; I don’t like who Hermione ended up with . I don’t like the names they gave their kids. It just doesn’t feel right to me at all.
A BOOK/SERIES THAT TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE HAD A MOVIE FRANCHISE
The Selection series by Kiera Cass, but only if it did stick with the books well. I’m hearing now and then that something’s in the works, but no news have been shared yet. There was a terrible attempt of a TV show and I’m glad they stopped right in the beginning. This series deserves an amazing, glorious, fabulous adaptation and I have really high expectations of any future projects they have in mind.
A BOOK/SERIES THAT TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE HAD A TV SHOW
Ah, TV show adaptations, yes. I don’t fancy them. Not that I don’t watch any of them, I’m just not generally into them. They usually end up lacking important facts and events and totally failing to represent the story truthfully. For example, The Vampire Diaries – there’s nothing really wrong with the show (it’s better than the books anyway ) – I watch it regularly, BUT when I see how different it is from the books (just in this case that is good), I’m worried that other books optioned for shows would be turned into something completely different from the original. That is why I don’t have a book/series that should have had a TV show – I don’t want amazing books to be turned into horrible TV shows.
A BOOK THAT TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE HAD ONE POV
Requiem by Lauren Oliver. I absolutely adore Delirium trilogy and it’s one of my favorites, and I liked how Oliver changed the way of writing through the books, but when I started the third one, I immediately disliked chapters in Hana’s POV. That could be because of my lack of sympathy for her character, but however I wish all the chapters were in Lena’s POV or at least someone else’s, like Alex’s.
A BOOK THAT TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE HAD A COVER CHANGE
As most of covers in Serbia are not original ones when the books get translated, there are so many horrible ones, which were probably cheaper solutions. Take a look at our version of Eleonor & Park. Horrible, isn’t it? Or why do covers of City of Lost Souls, City of Fallen Angels and City of Heavenly Fire look like covers of porn movies? Take a look, please.
(Left one is for Eleonor and Park and the rest is for the last three books from TMI)
A BOOK/SERIES THAT TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE KEPT THE ORIGINAL COVERS
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. When it became normal to completely change a beautiful cover with movie tie-in? I get that some people get to know about the book through the movie so they are more likely to buy one with the movie poster on in, but keep the original one too, God. Not that I don’t like the ones with movie posters, but I prefer non-movie-related covers, please.
A SERIES THAT TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE STOPPED AT BOOK 1
The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith. Book one was okay. Actually, the first four books were okay but they could have been made into one really good book. The rest of the series went downhill, it was pointless, it screamed I WANT MONEY, GIMME MONEY. You won’t hear me saying this often, but the TV show is definitely way better than the books.
As you can probably see, I had a lot of fun doing this tag and I would probably continue ranting if I wasn’t aware that I wrote maybe too much. However, I hope you had fun reading this as much I had while I was writing and if you’d like to add or discuss something, please feel free to leave that in the comments bellow.
Jana sends you hugs ♥