I saw this tag over on OneBookishGirl and loved it! The Sims was a huge part of my childhood so it felt right to take part in this. This is The Sims Book Tag! Click here to catch up on previous Tag Thursday posts.
The Sims Book Tag
THE ORIGINAL SIMS – The best author debut
I’m still in love with Solitaire by Alice Oseman. I think I Was Born For This (her third book) is better, and shows how she matured as a writer, but her debut book set the standard very high.
THE GRIM REAPER – SADDEST CHARACTER DEATH
This one is difficult because there have been a lot over the years. I think Rue in The Hunger Games trilogy was probably one of the most difficult deaths for me to process, especially because it was one of the first young adult series I read and I was quite young when I read it. Then, of course, there is also Prim. Her death also hit me very hard.
SIMS GETTING STUCK – A CHARACTER THAT JUST GOT IN THE WAY
I honestly can’t think of any. I think authors always have a reason for including the characters they do, and most of the time I really prefer the side characters over the main characters, especially when it comes to young adult fiction.
SIMLISH – A BOOK WITH AMAZING WRITING
All of the Robin Hobb books are honestly my aspirational writing goals – I love everything about the way she constructs the fantasy world and writes about her characters.
EXPANSION PACKS – A SERIES WHERE THE BOOKS KEEP ON GETTING BETTER
The Takeshi Kovacs series (Altered Carbon, Broken Angels and Woken Furies) by Richard K Morgan is the best example of this I can think of. I liked the first book, the second book a little more, and the third book absolutely blew me away.
SIM ROMANCE – THE WORST CASE OF INSTA-LOVE
I don’t tend to keep reading books that have insta-love. They very quickly get DNFed. Maybe let me know in the comments if you can think of any particularly bad examples and it’ll jog my memory!
CHEATS – A BOOK THAT WAS ENTIRELY UNREALISTIC
Everything, Everything was a book that I loved but also felt was very unrealistic. Still, I enjoyed it, and read it in a couple of hours; I really love Yoon’s writing style and the strength of her characters, it was just the situation that didn’t feel believable.
NEEDS FULFILMENT – A CHARACTER WHO MADE ALL THE WRONG DECISIONS
There must be so many in young adult contemporaries but its been awhile since I’ve read any, so I’m not sure. Possibly the only recent example I can think of is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, for obvious reasons. Frankenstein’s monster only ever wants to be accepted for who he is, and for the chance to have a companion like himself… but his creator ignores him and brands him a villain. With the right support, the book could have gone in such a wildly different direction. Still, I see the book’s point about nature versus nurture, and the idea of despising your own creation which was important for Shelley to explore.
ERROR CODE 12 – A SERIES THAT STARTED OFF GREAT BUT WENT DOWNHILL FROM THERE
I was about to say I couldn’t think of any, but then it occurred to me: Divergent. I adored the first book, and relatively enjoyed the second, but absolutely despised the last book.
THE SIMS VORTEX – A BOOK/SERIES THAT COMPLETELY ENGROSSED YOU
The Mortal Instruments. I’m a huge fan, always have been, always will be. The opening chapter of City of Bones is one of my favourite pieces of writing ever and is honestly what I reflect upon when I’m trying to find the tone of my own opening chapters.
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