I originally created this tag a few months ago when I was still really into twenty one pilots. While I still love the band, my temporary obsession has waned. Still, I came up with some pretty good questions based on their songs, so I’m not going to let them go to waste. I’ve got questions from self-titled all the way to Blurryface, so let’s not waste any more time!
1. Heavydirtysoul: A book that gives you a lot of feelings
The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak. He knows what he did.
2. Ode to Sleep: A book you think about late into the night
I often think about Jodi Picoult’s books because they’re so thought-provoking. I wonder what I would do in the characters’ situations and consider my feelings on a lot of Big Questions. Honestly, the experience of reading her books is more introspective than anything and it’ll really fuck with your world view.
3. Tear in My Heart: An OTP you don’t talk about enough
Shazi and Khalid from The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. For all I talk about this series, I don’t often talk about just how much I ship these two. They have some of the best angsty dialogue in existence and really complement each other well. I’d die for them.
4. The Run and Go: An adventure from a book you wish you could go on
I want to travel to parallel worlds like Kell does in Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I’ve always been intrigued by alternate realities and it would be really cool to see them. I’d also love to explore Red London and the world beyond it. It seems like a really magical place.
5. Kitchen Sink: A book, character, or scene you interpret a different way than the author intended
I’m about to spoil the ending of the Grisha trilogy here, so proceed with caution. When Alina loses her powers at the end of Ruin & Rising and is finally able to live happily ever after with Mal, it reads to me that a girl needs to lower and belittle herself in order to please a man. I know this is not what Leigh Bardugo intended, but that’s still the message it sends. When Alina was powerful, she and Mal had so many problems and he was mean and bitter. When she lost them (which she did not want), they suddenly got along perfectly and were able to be together. That is so unhealthy and, quite frankly, anti-feminist. If Alina hadn’t wanted her powers and chose that life, it would’ve been fine. But that’s not what happened and I’ll never forgive Leigh for delivering that message.
6. Polarize: A book people either love or hate (and which category you fall into)
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. It’s billed as a “Beauty & the Beast” retelling, but it’s closer to Hades & Persephone. Or rather, it’s a strange mix of both. I didn’t care for any of the characters and the main relationship was forced as hell. There wasn’t even any plot to make up for the flat characters. The whole story is just Nyx looking all over the palace for something. I only finished the book because I read it the year I refused to DNF. So yes, I am firmly in the “hate it” category.
7. March to the Sea: A book or series you’ve read over and over
Harry Potter. I mean, it couldn’t be any other. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read that series.
8. We Don’t Believe What’s On TV: A book adaptation you hate
Shadowhunters. The acting is bad, the writing is horrible, the plot is nonsensical, and the chemistry is nonexistent. It’s hilariously bad. Not to mention most of the cast is problematic and the representation is spotty at best (though at least they made an effort).
9. Trees: A character you think is underappreciated
Cress from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. While Cinder is my favorite, Cress is a firecracker in her own right. She’s naïve and trusting, but slowly learns how to grow a harder shell while keeping her belief that people are good at heart. She’s a computer whiz and master hacker. The Rampion Crew would be nowhere without her. She loves with all her heart, whether you’re her friend or significant other. She always does what needs to be done, no matter how scared she is. She’s a dreamer and wears her heart on her sleeve. I love that tiny moon girl to bits.
10. Holding on to You: A book that got you through a tough time
Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year by Demi Lovato. This self-help book filled with daily affirmations was exactly what I needed when it came out. Demi laid out goals for the day and advice that really helped me keep things in perspective. Even though it won’t be the same, I’m super eager for her memoir.
Do you have any answers to any of these questions? Let me know in the comments! Feel free to try your own hand at this tag as well. I’d love to read and hear your thoughts!