Hi Virtual Readers! Today the fabulous Alexa tagged me for the Totally Should’ve tag, which looks pretty fun, and hence I am going to do it. In other news the last food I ate was ice-cream mixed with wild (read: grows on weedy vine in backyard and collected by small sister) berries. No I am not random at all.
Totally Should’ve Gotten a Sequel
I legitimately cannot think of any. But the first 3 Mortal Instruments should have stopped there, is something I know I have said several times before.
Totally Should’ve Got a Spin-Off series
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. These books had such, such great world building it’s just a waste not to. He promised he would ‘return to Alagasia’ (probably misspelling it), and he HASN’T and we need more books about dragons basically.
This author totally should write more
They may write more, but I LOVED the Ingo series by Helen Dunmore, and also more from Markus Zusak please (yes I have taken several book their photos recently that are similar. I don’t know why so don’t question it)
Totally Should’ve ended up with someone else
This is hard. But Lara Jean from ‘To all the Boys I’ve loved before’ should not end up with anyone, so I’m going to say that ‘nobody’ counts as ‘someone else’ in this case. Someone should totally tell that girl she’s too awesome for any of those boys she likes.
Totally should’ve ended differently
Allegiant. You can’t just do this to people, Veronica Roth! You hear me? On the other hand, I liked the realisticness. Also any book that ends with ‘it was just a dream’ (can’t think of any examples but it is so annoying. If the book isn’t even real to the MC, how can it make the audience care?
Totally Should’ve Had a Movie Franchise
WAIT. This entire tag makes no sense! Why is it in past tense! These books may get sequels or the authors might write more(unless they’re dead, in which case they certainly won’t) or they might write spinoffs (Carry On is a good spinoff and no that is not a tangent). I mean endings of books and cover changes should be addressed in past tense but I am going to now rename this tag the ‘totally should’ tag because I can.
What were we discussing? Movie franchises. Well, I generally don’t think that movie franchises improve books with very few exceptions (these exceptions being, in my opinion, Bridge to Terabithia and Paper Towns). Also Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie didn’t deserve it’s book at all.
Totally Should Have a TV show
I’m probably inspired by Once Upon a Time, which I just started watching, but if they (meaning the movie producers) don’t totally mess up everything like they probably would, The Lunar Chronicles could be pretty darn cool.(With a cameo by my panda-decorated laptop!)
Totally Should’ve had one PoV
Waves by Sharon Dogar. This was a really interesting book, but there were 2 characters points of view from two different times (they were siblings, which was cool) but one of the characters was in a coma so her having a point of view made no sense. People in a coma don’t really have very interesting things to say, I will claim from absolutely zero personal experience.
Totally Should Have a Cover Change
I’m not much of a designer and I usually approve of the covers. But the first edition covers of Artemis Fowl are very ugly and I am glad they changed those covers. Also I think The Mortal Instruments looks better now.
Totally Shouldn’t have had a cover change
I liked the old Code Name Verity and Anna and the French Kiss covers better.
Totally Should have stopped reading
I’m not a ‘I must finish this book or else’ kind of person generally so like Alexa if I dislike a book I’ll just stop reading this.
Totally shouldn’t have prejudged
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. I’ve seen these in my library for years and I totally judged them but Shanti read the first one a while ago and it was hilarious and then I stopped feeling ashamed about reading something with such an inane title (google it: the titles get worse). These books have zero meaning but are also freaking hilarious and a lot more about growing up than snogging. Also if you want to be in denial about silly and insignificant things like exams and become engrossed in the very important thoughts of the most vapid 14 year old on the planet then these are perfect because they will in no way make you question who you are or the way you see the world.
Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? What was the last thing you ate? What book to movie franchises are actually good? Have your watched Once Upon a Time (because you should.)