The #NotAll Book Tag

The rules for this one are charmingly simple.  Just link back to the creator, the fabulous Orangutan Librarian.

#notall cover changes – a cover change you liked

Generally I don’t like books with movie covers.  However, The Lord of the Rings covers are an exception.  I prefer the Legolas cover to the Saruman one, though.  Who would want Saruman on their bookshelf?!

#notall adaptations – an adaptation you love more than the book

Catherine Marshall’s Christy tells the story of a young woman who travels to poverty-stricken Cutter Gap to be a teacher.  The book was, to me, a bit dull.  But the TV adaptation features a spunky protagonist who faces more challenges and finds more romance

#notall tropes – a trope you’ll never tire of seeing

I love books that feature royalty in disguise.  Even if the disguise is bad.  Sometimes even if the book is bad.  The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, Henry V and Cymbeline by William Shakespeare, and The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale all feature nobility hiding their true identities.

#notall instalove – you instaloved this instacouple

L. M. Montgomery’s The Blue Castle isn’t really instalove, but the two leads do get married rather suddenly.  Valancy Stirling, you see, is dying, and she wants to really live before her time is up.  So she proposes to the disreputable Barney Snaith and scandalizes her small town community.

#notall love triangles – an example of love triangle done well

For the sake of demonstrating that you can have more than one love interest without throwing logic out the window or having the woman drawn to a guy who is clearly insane/villainous/abusive as if he’s really a contender against the upright guy with morals, I have provided four examples for your consideration: Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery, Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

#notall parents – bookish parents that, you know, PARENT!

Gregor’s parents from the Gregor the Overland series clearly love him, even if they can’t go on all his adventures.

#notall villains – a villain you love

The villain in Diana Wynne Jones’ Dark Lord of Derkholm is not really a villain–only a man pretending to be a Dark Lord for the entertainment of the tourists.  Weird stuff.

#notall chosen ones – a chosen one you can get behind

The Lord of the Rings obviously has to make my list twice.  Gandalf tells Frodo, “I can put it no plainer than by saying that Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, and not by its maker.  In which case you were also meant to have it.  And that may be an encouraging thought.”  But Frodo is no ordinary “Chosen One.”  He seems chosen specifically because he is meant to be an instrument in the hands of providence, not for any extraordinary skills he may himself possess.

Lord of the Rings

#notall hyped books – a book that lived up to the acclaim

Victoria Jamieson’s All’s Faire in Middle School combines the Renaissance Faire with the story of a girl navigating the perils of middle school.  It’s a great graphic novel and I highly recommend it!

#notall *insert favourite genre* – a book you’re not keen on from your favourite genre

I like fantasy, but…the premise of Three Dark Crowns is a mess.  So is pretty much everything else about it from the instalove to the nonsensical politics.

Three Dark Crowns Book Cover

#notall *insert least favourite genre* – a book you liked from a genre you don’t often read

I don’t typically read memoirs, but Call the Midwife got me into Jennifer Worth’s and it was pretty good!

15 thoughts on “The #NotAll Book Tag

  1. ashley says:

    I definitely agree with your choice for Frodo being a “chosen one,” and what’s even better is that he himself decided that he was the one who had to destroy the ring. Others decided that Harry Potter was the “chosen one” and he just went along with it.

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  2. FranL says:

    I don’t consider The Blue Castle to be Insta-love. Valancy and Barney knew each other and liked each other before getting married. It was a fast marriage, yes, but hardly “I’ve never seen you before but I love you”.

    I agree that the love triangle is a trope that CAN be done well. The problem is that too often it’s not. There are legitimate ways to write characters who have more than one love interest, without portraying them as waffling back and forth!


    • Krysta says:

      I’m afraid that The Blue Castle was the best book I could come up with. I guess I’m not really into instalove. 😉

      True! I get frustrated when the girl is leading two guys on and they want her to choose and she thinks that unfair. I mean…would she want to be in a relationship with a guy who kept indicating he kind of wanted to leave her for someone else? She’d probably tell him to get lost!

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      • FranL says:

        I think I’d have the same problem. Most of the time it doesn’t ring true for me.

        Exactly! I think that when it’s presented as just indecision the love triangle doesn’t work. But it can be presented as something more complex, with different people presenting themselves at different points in someone’s journey.

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  3. theorangutanlibrarian says:

    Ah those LOTR covers just make me all nostalgic for the films- I approve 😉 (although, yeah, saruman on the cover is a tad creepy). Ooh yes I love royalty in disguise too- especially the selections you made (gosh the goose girl takes me back! I loved that book!) ooh good point about pride and prejudice and tale of two cities! Oh gosh I want to read dark lord of derkholm now! Ah that’s interesting with Frodo- I never saw him as a chosen one because I always saw it as him stepping up to the plate- but you have a point. Yeah Three dark crowns is a bit of a mess tbh- I had a lot of problems with it, though it was an entertaining, quick read. Awesome answers!!


    • Krysta says:

      I do love the films. It’s a shame The Hobbit films didn’t turn out so well. I think Jackson overhauled them too much. The best parts were the ones closest to the book. All of Jackson’s inventions just interrupted the pacing.

      No one seems to talk about Shannon Hale anymore. It’s weird because she used to be everywhere! She released a graphic memoir and I haven’t seen anyone review it.

      Haha, I think you’d like The Dark Lord of Derkholm!

      Well, Elrond (I believe) does say something about believing Frodo was appointed for the talk. And I think it’s Gandalf who says Bilbo was meant to find the Ring and therefore Frodo was meant to have it. So I think you can argue Illuvatar chose Frodo, but, yes, I agree that Frodo’s free acceptance of the quest is very important. It’s kind of like he was chosen to have the opportunity and then he stepped up to the plate by taking it.

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      • theorangutanlibrarian says:

        Oh yes- I love the original LOTR films (*the Hobbit films do not exist* 😉 Jk- I wish… 😉 ) I just don’t know why they added and changed so many things unnecessarily.

        Ah yes I know what you mean!

        And thanks!

        Yeah, I definitely think there’s an element of providence (especially it coming to hobbits in general) but yes I think you put it perfectly- he was chosen for the opportunity. That’s exactly it.


  4. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    You had me at “Who would want Saruman on their bookshelf?!” 😂 I also never truly tire of the disguised royality theme. Although I have no encountered it in a while. I did favor Three Dark Crowns though as I found it to be a terrific stage setter and One Dark Throne really delivered for me. I enjoyed those politics very much 😉😂 Fun post! Hope you are well!


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