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.
#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.
#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!