The internet has been filled with all sorts of author boycotts lately and I have even found myself removing books from my shelf–both physical and on Goodreads–in light of recent events. It’s definitely a weird feeling since I did really enjoy a number of those books and part of me feels immensely sad at the prospect of never reading a book like The Maze Runner ever again.

However, morally, there are just some types of author behavior that I cannnot condone, even if I did enjoy reading the worlds and characters they’ve created. My nope list of authors was pretty small prior to recent allegations and I’ve noticed it growing larger and larger in the passing days. I think this is largely in part due to the fact that I’ve started being more active on Twitter as a result of wanting to see more success with my blog. It’s really nice to finally be part of an active community of book bloggers, especially those who read YA.

But ultimately, I was just wondering, which authors are on your nope list? Who are the ones you’ve boycotted reading a book by ever again? Have you removed books you owned and previously (still, possibly) love?

I’d really like to hear about it–so, write a post and please tag me here so I can read them. 

I feel that this is a discussion that will be had for a long time, and needs to be regularly had to remind new readers of the horrible things such authors have done. I’ve included my official 100% Nope list below, though I know I’ll have to go back and add a few since I don’t remember many of the names of the authors I had never read books by and I did want to hear their responses to the fact that they’d been named. As it is, I feel iffy on James Dashner and I really wish I didn’t.

The Nope List
  1. Jay Asher – 13 Reasons Why
    There’s really no excuse for Asher’s behavior. And when confronted with the fact that his behavior was being openly discussed, his immediate response was deny, deny, deny. And admittedly this is often the response that men have because they’ve gotten away with it for so, so long. I try not to judge without all the information, but in Asher’s case it’s been had to find a lot of information aside from the comments, however it has been easier than some others. The big thing about Asher and the reason why I condemn him the most is the fact that a comment was made on the article in which he responded to the allegations that basically blew his denial away. And I just can’t in good conscience ever read a book of his again now, knowing what I know.
  2. James Dashner – The Maze Runner
    This is the one that makes me the most sad, because at the end of the day I really enjoyed his debut series. I loved the characters, I loved the writing, I loved the stories. And it’s all been shattered apart. As it stands, I think the fact that Dashner admitted to playing a role in the disturbing sexual harassment claims is a big step forward and I appreciate the fact that he apologized. However, it sounded rehearsed–and I wonder in that case, should we blame him?–to the point that I don’t know what to think of his apology. It seems like “counseling” is the route that a lot of apologies go and while this is perhaps commendable, I’m not sure I understand how it applies. Pinning your shitty behavior on a mental illness or problem that requires counseling seems like a massive cop out. So I just don’t know.
  3. Sherman Alexie – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    Ugh, Alexie makes me so mad. I’ve read a number of things about his “position” on harrassment and sexual harrassment and such and the fact that he feels he has the ability to speak out against these things while doing them is disturbing and disgusting. Now, Alexie (as far as I am aware) has not responded to the allegations and therefore leaves his entire situation in limbo. Which is frustrating because at the end of the day there needs to be culpability. And I’m afraid that in Alexie’s case, not enough of his fans knew or cared enough to make it a big enough issue to cause people to actively seek him out for comment. I feel this is unfair and there are number of other names that were put out there that I need to do some more reading on, but it’s just immensely frustrating to see a world where not everyone has to own up for their actions.
  4. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments
    Even the plagiarism scandal was enough for me to have a massive problem with reading her books. I really enjoyed her novels. And that, I think, was heartbreaking. But there was a small comfort that I had in this where I could say, well…perhaps it’s not really her work so I can feel better about having enjoyed it. Now, I’ve still read a few of her books, but I refuse to read them in a way that puts money in her pocket. I wont buy her books. I have borrowed copies in the past. And my reason for this is that, while I enjoy the story, I know Cassandra Clare is a horrible person. And it’s not the plagiarism that makes her a horrible person, it is the bullying. I’ve read far too many accounts about this woman bullying others both prior to and after her fame. If you, as her reader, have an opinion about her books that she disagrees with, my understanding is that you must beware. The number of people she has bullied is insanely high and genuinely makes me wonder how she is still as successful as she is.

There are a few other names that are on my nope list who may or may not stay based on further information, but these four are the big ones. I didn’t own books by many of the other authors mentioned in recent days, but I did remove each and every one of their books from my to-read shelf on Goodreads. In the event that more information comes to light, I may consider redacting them from my Nope decision but that is highly dependent on the degree to which they are accused and the truth of any denial.

Additionally, my nope list also includes authors whose writing and stories I have absolutely hated or been disgusted by, but I’ll list them another time.

It’s a hard thing to have a problem with who an author is as a person, the behavior they have displayed, but still enjoy their work. Though am deeply disturbed by both Dashner and Clare, I still really like their books. And I’m not sure how to deal with that, currently. But I know there are a lot of other authors who write amazing stories who haven’t done horrible things who deserve my readership more.

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20 thoughts on “The Nope List [Authors]

  1. I don’t have a nope list – purely because I don’t get involved in what’s going on with the authors. I think at the end of the day for me, I buy a book because I loved it and enjoyed it. And maybe that author is questionable in his/her actions or behavior. But I tend to separate the author from the story because I’m enjoying reading the story about these characters, the author doesn’t really come into it so much. I mean I have most of Cassandra Clare’s books and I’m aware of what you said but at the end of the day, I started reading her books before it got hyped up and the same with Sarah J Maas’ books. And their books meant something to me, as did their characters.

    So I don’t have a nope list but I think it’s interesting to see who does and who’s on it. Great post 🙂

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    1. See, I think for authors I’ve read prior to finding out how awful they are as people, I am fine with reading their books. I still have a lot of Cassandra Clare’s books because I bought them before I learned of her behavior. I would never buy another book by any of the authors, though, because I don’t like the idea of supporting someone who hasn’t atoned for how awful they have been. I personally just don’t believe they deserve my money.

      But I definitely understand. Characters are separate from the author in a way. It’s why I can still love the books even though I can’t stand the people who wrote them.

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      1. I totally agree, I’ll still buy their books though because I’m more focused on the story rather than the author


  2. Hmm, there are only a few authors that I refuse to read their books, mostly due to bullying on social media. There are some I’ve seen that harass reviewers or go on these wild witch hunts against other authors/books and the drama becomes really exhausting. I try not to get too immersed in it myself, but I do watch from the sidelines.

    I’ve only just heard of this big scandal in children’s publishing and it was really disappointing to hear, especially since I had just read and loved books by both Asher and Dashner. I’m waiting to see what happens to the industry, but it’s definitely in turmoil.

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    1. Yeah. I think Dashner was the one who bothered me the most, cause The Maze Runner meant a lot to me. My greatest hope is that stuff like this will change the behavior of authors now and in the future because I’m truly sick of how some people seem to think it’s okay to treat other people horribly.

      I’ve heard about the authors harassing reviewers bit as well, which bothers me to no end. I’ve not experienced much with it, though, since I’m fairly new to reviewing regularly (I did it sparingly before), but yeah.

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  3. I don’t have a nope list and I have no idea what this is all about. I don’t really look into the authors of all the books I read unless it’s an author I really love and want to read again. I don’t always believe most of the things I read online either. I’m curious but hate how everything turns into a ‘witchhunt’ via the media

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    1. None of these authors were really involved in a witchhunt media, though. Also, the whole witchhunt thing often turns out not to be the case in the end, anyway. It’s very rare, as far as I’ve noticed and I keep myself pretty informed. But I can say with full knowledge that nothing these authors did in terms of their awful behavior was about someone in the media blowing a situation out of proportion. They were all accounts from victims and friends of the authors (former friends, in some cases). And Dashner admitted to it.


      1. I get it. Still will enjoy books etc for what they are rather than being concerned about the author. Only human


  4. I stand on the same grounds .. I don’t know what to do quite yet, although I only have one of the problematic’s named on my shelf. eeeeeeh, it’s definately a difficult thing to do.
    Also i’ve heard of JK rowling .. just being awful to fans in general on twitter – as of which I don’t own anything by her and wasn’t in the Harry Potter fandom. but sometimes the things you see happenings over there really breaks your heart …

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    1. It’s the first I’ve heard of J.K.Rowling being horrible to fans. Authors are people at the end of the day. I’ve only ever seen her positive comments.

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      1. I stumbled upon it once ..also how HP was supposedly problematic for x & y and also how Fantastic Beast casted mr. Depp ..
        not that I really follow that stuff, but someone on my feed rbed it and I was like well, oh. 😐

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      2. I heard that they didn’t like that she didn’t make Dumbledore gay. Not sure what you mean but never mind. It’s a book it’s meant to be entertaining and nobody has complained in all the yrs its been out. as for Depp people are very quick to judge when he was cleared and they don’t know what happened. He used to be in the press for negative stuff but people forget or weren’t around. I only know because he was my favourite actor. Maybe if we knew everyone’s secrets etc we would’nt see our drs or have people serve us in a shop but I don’t know what the fuss is so maybe I shouldn’t comment

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      3. I haven’t went too much into, as I only saw it cuz it was in my face basically .. It was “ableist” and how she portrayed fat people as mean and ugly and slimmed them when they got nice or something .. it’s been a while I saw it, so heh ..

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      4. There are representation issues and J.K. always seems to go forth with the bare minimum so that she doesn’t offend anyone, which is ultimately problematic as far as marginalized groups go. If she says Dumbledore is gay, he should be shown to be gay canonically and that appears to be the main issue with that. Also, J.K. has on occasion been disrespectful to cultures (there was a long response when she came out with the Livermony school because she butchered and took advantage of Native American heritage, I believe?). And I think these are both issues that I understand people being upset about, but I don’t think J.K. was ever cruel to her fans in response. Pretty sure she just noped out because she didn’t want to be involved. Which is both fair of her and disappointing in some ways.

        As for Depp…he wasn’t actually cleared, so I’m not sure what you’re referencing? Unless I missed something. At the end of the day, I think the problem is in the fact that the media blew up what was meant to be a private thing. And it’s unfair and wrong to discredit Amber’s account of what happened. She didn’t go to the media, she was seen leaving a courthouse after requesting a restraining order. The media really had no place in their affairs. And accounts are varied. I would say, at the end of the day after reading as much as I could on the matter as possible, their situation was that they were both terrible to each other. And just because they were both harmful to each other doesn’t excuse either of their behavior which is why at the end of the day I will never condone what Depp did. The fact that Amber was so desperate to get out of their marriage doesn’t lead me to believe that he didn’t do it. And that doesn’t mean people can’t like other things about him, but what he did was shitty regardless.


      5. I don’t dispute what you say but I read books and watch films for the enjoyment and don’t really follow the media as everything is blown out of proportion.


    2. J. K. Rowling definitely has had some moments over the years. I think she, more than most, does make an effort to atone for certain things. At least, in what I’ve read. I’ll admit, though, I’m not as well versed in her behavior and none of the things I became aware of were ever as egregious as the few who are on my list at the moment.


    1. Yeah. I mean, in all fairness, I wasn’t aware of these sort of things a while back. I think though, now that I am aware, I just don’t feel comfortable supporting awful behavior. If the authors were to make sincere efforts to make amends and change, I think it might change my mind?

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