This or That Book Tag

I saw this tag in my feed a few weeks ago and thought that I would give it a go. The version that I saw was posted by LauReads, but it was originally created by Paper Fury. I liked the quick fire nature of this tag, and hope you will enjoy my responses.

Series or Standalone?

Personally I prefer shorter series around 2-5 books in length with minimal prequels or short stories in between. I find that the excessive short story fillers to be annoying and that they rarely add to the overall enjoyment of the series. Longer series I also find are too drawn out and I often lose interest either between books as I am waiting for them to be published or during the endless re-reads that I need to do to follow all of the plot.

Magic Earned or Magic Born?

Magic born. I can’t say that any magic earned characters spring to mind, apart from in the Renegades book were some characters are born and some are made. However in the context that this information was given, I am not sure if it is true or not.

Enemies-to-Lovers of Friends-to-Lovers?

Enemies to lovers hands down! I think that it shows a genuine connection between the characters, whereas friends to lovers always strikes me as a bit weird and suggesting that people can’t just be friends. However if it is mutual crushes in a friendship to lovers (eg Percabeth) I am all down for that.

Hilarious Banter or Emotional Ruin?

While I do always appreciate it when books make me laugh, I find that this is few and far between and often not when it is intended. However I will almost certainly be upset at that unfortunate character death (even if I don’t alway cry).

Love Triangle or InstaLove?

Love triangle. I read a lot of YA dystopian trilogies, and do you know what is more prevalent in those than a dysfunctional government? A love triangle; and I love each and every one of them.

Keyboard Smash Fantasy Names or Names Starting With the Same Letter?

All names starting with the same letter, then I can at least pronounce them in my head rather than making up names or skipping over them. As I am writing this, I am reading Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, and since I can’t pronounce any of the names and are written in Old Norse, to me they look like keyboard smashes ( I am aware that they are not) but what doesn’t help is that they all start with the same few letters so its like a double whammy of the problem!

Mean Parents or Dead Parents?

Dead parents are so much better as they often die in the most ridiculous ways just to get them out of the way. Mean parents however are just bad as they are often not actually mean and the character is annoying. In the cases were they are mean, it is often a gross exaggeration that is just painful to read. (I am not including abusive parents in this comparison as that is a different issue entirely).

Supermodel Looks or Constantly Complaining Plain?

Personally I prefer a supermodel as it often adds to the character and influences the plot, plain characters just whining a lot and detract from the story. However I actually prefer imperfect but pretty characters as they are the most relatable.

Character Cover or Typography Cover?

Personally I prefer an accurate character cover, as it reminds me of what the character is supposed to look like. I often imagine myself as the protagonist in first person novels and can easily forget who the real hero is. However I prefer illustrated characters over photos and despise movie tie in covers.

Villains Turning Good or Heroes Turning Bad?

I love it when heroes turn bad, as I often find the line hard to define ( I study ethics, everything gets a little blurry after a while) but am fascinated by the idea of how far a person with good intentions and who is generally seen as a good person will go before they officially become ‘bad’.

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