I know, I just only recently did a book tag. But you know what? These things are so much fun! So I’m always searching the internet for more original book tags. This time, I found an oldy: the totally should have book tag. So, here are my answers to these eleven burning ‘should haves’.
1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel
Although I really love standalone novels (they are much less of a hassle than a series of 5+ books), there are books I love so much they should have gotten a sequel. I would LOVE to read more about the Neverwhere world by Neil Gaiman. I also would really like a Carry On sequel by Rainbow Rowell. Or by that same author, a ‘ten years later’ with Eleanor and Park.
2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series
Hmmm. I would like Leo or Nico oriented books by Rick Riordan somewhere in the future. But I also hope someday, Leigh Bardugo will write a story about Jesper from the Crows duology. I am not done with that character yet and I hope someday I’ll get to read about him again. He is so much fun. And of course, I hope Wylan will join him in this spin off series.
3. An author who totally should write more books
The obvious answer here is George R.R. Martin. I know, ‘George R.R. Martin is not my bitch‘ but yet here I am, writing this. I started reading the books before there was any mention of a tv-series. I read A Dance with Dragons as soon as it came out in 2011. That’s seven loooong years waiting for Winds of Winter. And the end of that wait is not yet in sight. So yes, I would very much love for Mr. Martin to write more books.
4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else
I don’t like Ginny Weasley. There, I’ve said it. But still, I don’t know who else Harry should have ended up with. Also, Mat Cauthon from the Wheel of Time series. Now, I haven’t read any further than book 11 since I was fed up with the series by then so I don’t know if they’re endgame… But I hate Tuon so very much. Mat deserved better.
5. Totally should’ve ended differently
There are two book series of which I HATE the endings. These are both examples of lazy writing and of authors who don’t know how to finish an otherwise epic and very enjoyable series. I’m talking about The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind and the Darren Shan Chronicles by Darren Shan. Both final books were an abomination I wish I had never read.
6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise
I generally don’t get excited when a favorite novel gets an adaptation because let’s face it: the books are better. So let’s go with Percy Jackson for my answer to this question. While I don’t hate the two films as much as most people, Percy totally deserved better and also an entire adaptation of all books, not just two.
7. Totally should’ve had a TV show
I’m very happy that the His Dark Materials trilogy is getting a BBC tv adaption. The film didn’t to the book(s) justice and I have very high hopes for the series. It also gives me a reason to re-read all the books because it was a long time ago I’ve read them. I would also very much like for the Crows duology to be picked up someday, although these books are so near perfect nothing could ever do them justice on the small (or big) screen.
8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view
I actually really like books with multiple points of view so I have no answer for this question.
9. Totally should have a cover change
No books come to mind. What I do want to mention here, is books changing covers midway through a series. That is SO ANNOYING. Example: I have the first two books of The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. The third book came out and… it has a cover change. Now, I like both editions fine and they’re both lovely. But this means the third book will not fit in with my other two books. And since this is going to be a 7 book series, I fear this might happen again in the future. I just want seven similar covers damnit!
10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers
Oh. I got ahead of myself. OK, so The Bone Season books then for my answer here. Not because the new covers are ugly (they’re really nice) but because I want my books to match on my shelves!
11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one
Terry Goodkind comes to mind again. Wizard’s First Rule is EPIC and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys some high fantasy. And while some of the other books were pretty great as well, the series ended terribly (see above) so nowadays I just pretend Wizard’s First Rule is a standalone novel.
The end of the totally should have book tag
So that’s it for this book tag. And since we weren’t actually tagged but got this tag from Google, we’re not tagging anybody in particular. If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged! If you ever find a book tag we would also enjoy, let us know or even better: tag us!