So, A Lovelorn Virgo tagged me in the Totally Should’ve Book Tag, and I’m sitting here giggling because the title of this tag just makes me think of the V8 commercials. I’m an adult, I swear. My bills and bank account say I am, anyway.
Here’s some things that I think should’ve had something else to them!
#1: “Totally should’ve gotten a sequel”
I would absolutely love a sequel to Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, about Kasia and the royal children. I think Kasia would be a fantastic narrator, and I’d love to know more about her future!
#2: “Totally should’ve gotten a spin-off series”
I think that Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George could easily have a fabulous spin-off series, but I also love it as a standalone.
#3: “An Author who totally should’ve written more books”
I grew up loving Elizabeth George Speare’s books, and I would have loved to read more in the vein of The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
#4: “A character that totally should’ve ended up with someone else”
Most of the time, I’m all about the way the characters are written and winding up the way they are. I don’t like to rewrite books because of romance, but I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that I wish that Cather in Fangirl had wound up alone and working on herself more. I didn’t love the maturity difference between Cath and Levi, even though I recognize that it was still a sweet romance.
#5: “Totally should’ve ended differently”
Seer of Sevenwaters is the fifth of six books in the Sevenwaters series, and the ending of it pissed me off to no end. The main character gives up her lifelong dreams in order to be with a man she met a week ago, and I raged. I got very close to throwing the novel. This book is seriously the weakest of the six. I was so mad when I read it that I almost didn’t read the final book, Flame of Sevenwaters, which would have been an absolute shame.
#6: “Totally should’ve had a movie franchise”
I still desperately want a mini-series based on Tamora Pierce’s books. They would be absolutely stunning and bring to life some of my favorite books of all time. I think a mini-series would be the best format because you could do a season per book for each book in each series, and people wouldn’t get tired of it. You also wouldn’t have to cut very much
#7: “Totally should’ve only had one point of view”
Point of view, as I’ve learned through my NaNoWriMo novel, is really hard to do. It’s even harder to do well. I had a really hard time finishing Marie Lu’s Legend because the two main character’s inner voices were so similar. I couldn’t easily differentiate between them, and the book fell flat for me because of that.
#8: “Totally should’ve had a cover change”
I honestly can’t think of any book covers that I absolutely hated, but I’m in love with every single one of the Penguins Threads covers, so I’m gonna push those in here.
#9: “Totally should’ve kept the original covers”
Richelle Mead’s Gameboard of the Gods books should’ve stuck with the original covers, instead of moving to the full-person on the cover. I loved the almost digital feeling to the original cover and felt that it fit the series.
The cover went from this to this, and I hate it.
#10: “Totally should’ve stopped at book one”
Even though I own almost the entire series, I find myself wishing that Terry Goodkind had stopped after Wizard’s First Rule – it kept getting preachier and preachier about his Ayn Rand-ian philosophy, despite the amazing world-building and characters.