Problematic Faves Book Tag

And I’m back to catching up on tags.

I’m a year late (and a dollar short) with this one. I was tagged for it last August by Rose, the awesome librarian who blogs over on Rose Read (thanks!). The tag was created by Izzi, who runs the Ravenclaw Book Club.

A character everyone loves that you hate:

That would be Carmen from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares. I enjoyed reading these books and love the friendship between the girls but of them all, Carmen is the one I like the least. I’ve only read 3 of the 5 books so far and in each Carmen is vindictive and horrible toward her parents, especially her mom. She takes her mother’s affection for granted and though she makes amends by the novel’s end, she doesn’t learn from her experience and again acts selfishly in the next book, the next summer.

In these books, I see the lack of a positive relationship between the girls and their mothers as problematic. It’s nice to see that the girls have a strong friendship with each other, but it would be nice to see at least one have a positive relationship with her mom. It’s possible that this happens in the 2 books I haven’t yet read, so I’ll hope for that.

A character everyone hates that you love:

Cersei Lannister from the Song of Ice & Fire series by George R.R. Martin. Only a handful of people like her, I think, and I’m one of them. I like her as a villain and how cunning and ruthless she is and that in this fantasy world where women have no agency, she is one of few who does and she fiercely protects it.

Cersei is a problematic character for many reasons. She is said to trade sex for influence causing some characters to hint she’s a whore and though she is in a position of power, she does nothing to help the women suffering around her. Still, I really like her character and am curious to see how her character develops in the TV show (I’m on season 1). I’d say the same for the books, but who knows when the next novel will be out.

A character who started out problematic but grew to be a better person:

Malta immediately came to mind. She’s a protagonist from Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders fantasy series. She starts out as an annoying, petulant teenager driven by selfishness, but develops into a mature young woman who uses her wits to survive the dangerous situations she’s placed in and help save others.

For half the trilogy, Malta was a highly unlikable character. During that half, she began to develop into a problematic character because her circumstances led her to begin exploring her sexuality the same time her family’s finances and well-being is in crisis. This led her to make some bad choices where she considered her body as a commodity to use to tempt her suitors to help her, though being as young and immature as she was, I don’t think she fully realized the implications of her actions or what would have been expected of her if her suitors were a bit different.

A character who started out good but became problematic:

 

Superman from Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, illus. by Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett. This is one of my favorite comics. It reimagines the all-American superhero as a Superman who advocates for communist values. The story shows that good intentions don’t always lead to great outcomes. (I’d say how Superman is problematic, but that’s a huge spoiler.)

A problematic couple that you ship (doesn’t have to be canon):

Rose and Dimitri in Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. The chemistry between the two is the only reason why I read the book, I liked it in the movie. The couple is problematic because Dimitri is years older than Rose (summin like that) and is her teacher too, but I liked them together.

It’s the same with Malta and Reyn from Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders series. I totally ship them, but Reyn is too old for Malta (he’s described as a grown-ass man and she a mere girl, though that depends on whose perspective we’re reading from), which makes that dream thing they shared when courting highly inappropriate.

A couple everyone ships that you find problematic (doesn’t have to be canon):

Jane and Mr. Rochester in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. I think most people probably ship them because that’s what Jane wants in the story, but I don’t think they are suited for each other, even at the end. I think instead of entering a relationship in which Mr. Rochester would be demanding and controlling, Jane entered in a relationship with him where she’s the one with the power and control so much so that Mr. Rochester must experience the world through Jane.

I don’t like this. I think it’s just as bad as Jane being a relationship where Rochester controls everything. I’d prefer they were equals. Though, considering the time in which the book is set, I guess that is possible and the situation the novel ends with is the “best” Bronte could think of.

A problematic trope that you love:

Teacher-student relationship. I don’t know why it appeals to me, but I like it. I’m highlighting Unteachable by Leah Raeder here because I’ve already mentioned Vampire Academy and those are the only two novels I’ve seen that in. Though I like the trope, I’d feel more comfortable if it appeared in books for older readers. Unteachable is new adult, I believe, so that’s okay; but Vampire Academy is YA. However, Unteachable takes place in a high-school setting and though both individuals in the “taboo” relationship are technically adults, I’d feel less uncomfortable if the story was set at a college. Still, I really like the story and the writing.

A book/TV show/movie that is problematic but you love anyway:

The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce, written in the 1980s, is one of my all-time favorite YA fantasy series, but it does suffer from white-savior complex and presents marginalized groups in the story as inferior to Whites. Still, I like it and often reread it and I still love the protagonist, Alanna, and her friends, especially George.

A book/TV show/movie that you hate because it’s problematic:

She by H. Rider Haggard because it’s demeaning to women, though the most powerful being in the book is a woman, and presents African races as inferior to white European races. I hate the story, interesting as it is, but I gave it 2 stars because it’s well-written.

Lastly, your problematic fave:

Always, the Hound, Sandor Clegane. He’s one of my favorite characters in the Song of Ice & Fire series. He’s hard and ruthless, but I get the impression that he has very strong morals and is often misunderstood….maybe not, but the strong morals part stands, maybe. (Wishful thinking?)

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Half Year Book Tag

So… I’m well aware that it’s “catch up on tagged stuff week” for me and that more than half the year has gone and that I wasn’t tagged for this, but I saw it over on BexnBookx, who created it, and I just couldn’t pass it up. (I’m just gonna pretend that she tagged me.)

I think book tags are like books for me. I can’t help buying more and more books (though I’ve slowed down a lot recently) and I can’t help doing whatever tag catches my eye.

Favourite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2017:

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

This is Noah’s memoir about growing up in South Africa in the shadow of apartheid. It’s a great read that I highly recommend to everyone. I bought and read the e-book earlier this year out of curiosity because I’d heard lots of people talking about it and I’m glad I did. Noah is a comedian, so he mixes in some humor in his story, but the book is also a serious contemplation on race relations and inequality and many other topics.

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End of Year Book Tag

And here’s another book tag! It’ll be a book-tag-filled week, if you haven’t realized. I found this one on YouTube on Ariel Bissett’s channel. She is the creator.

Again, I wasn’t tagged though the focus of this week is stuff I’m tagged for so… I’ll start on that tomorrow!! 😀

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Yes, there are. My Goodreads says I’m currently reading 11 books, which is almost correct because there’s another that I’m currently reading that I forgot to place on the list. So of the 12 books I have on the go, I’d like to complete these by the end of the year:

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School Book Tag

So my plan for this week is to catch up on things I’m tagged for. But, me being me, I’ll kick this week off with a tag I wasn’t tagged for because (1) I feel like doing it and (2) it fits the time of year: September, schools are back in session.

Rules:
  • Mention the creator of the tag.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
    • I wasn’t tagged. 😦
  • Answer the following with the book that most fits the statement.
    • Okay.
  • Nominate 3 others to do the tag.
    • Will do.
Math: A book that has two characters who equal perfection

Ugh, math. I hate math. It was my worst subject until my junior year of high school when I met a teacher who was so awesome that I developed a small appreciation for the subject. That appreciation was promptly squashed when I got to college. Anyway, for this I had to choose:

Marko and Alana

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The Great British Bake Off Book Tag

I’m in the mood for a tag and since I’ve been eating and thinking about cakes a lot lately, I decided to do the Great British Bake Off Book Tag, which was created by Zaheerah Khalik.

The Great British Bake Off is a TV show where 12 amateur bakers compete to be considered the best baker in the U.K. I’ve never watched the show, but it certainly sounds delicious. I love cakes. Anyway, to the tag!

Rules:

Link back to Zaheerah’s post.

Tag people or don’t. Just have fun.

Ready, get set, Bake! (or tag)

Amateur Baker: A book that is self-published

Sick by Christa Wojciechowski

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book tag. Since I’m trying to catch up on my huge backlog of reviews, I’ve decided to make an effort at catching up on tags I was tagged for. I’m more than a year late with this one, which I was tagged for by Rose Read and the Orangutan Librarian.

The rules:
  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads Read shelf, or you can writing loads of titles on bits of paper and pick them at random).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.
  • Repeat until you’ve completed three rounds.

I followed the instructions and sorted my Goodreads Read shelf at random, which I didn’t know was possible.

Round 1

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Bookaholics Anonymous Tag

It’s BOOK TAG DAY!!! 😀

Actually, I don’t have a day designated for book tags, but since today is Wednesday, which means it’s an easier day than Monday, I thought why not celebrate by doing a tag that I was tagged for years ago last year. My homie, da Orangutan Librarian, hooked me up.

I’d confess that I’m hooked on books, but we all know that. This is a blog about books after all, so I’ll just hop right into this tag.

What do you like about buying new books?

The rush. It’s a heady feeling. I always feel good after purchasing a new book and it’s a stronger feeling when it’s sent in the mail because it’s as if I’ve received a present, though it’s highly likely it’s not since no one in my family buys me books as presents. 😦 They only get me clothes. Ugh! As if I like those things.

— Well, I do, but only in the fall because blazers and boots! ❤

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