Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"Totally Should've" Tag

Hey'a, everyone! If you're doing Camp NaNo or NaPoWriMo, how are your projects going? Mine is coming along pretty well, with a few hiccups, mostly of the "Darn it, I really should've researched this before I started writing" variety. (For example: How does one actually communicate with a deaf person who doesn't know sign language and never learned to read lips? Does the royal family actually do anything government-wise in a constitutional monarchy? What's the prime minister's actual job anyway?) It's been interesting, but an advantage of the lower wordcount goal is that I can take the time to do research without worrying about getting behind.

However, this post is not about Camp NaNoWriMo. My friend Ryebrynn tagged me with the Totally Should've Tag, which she adapted from BookTube. (On a side note: I think I'm caught up on tags, but if you've tagged me for something and I haven't responded, I'm sorry. Remind me in the comments, bitte?) This looks like a pretty fun tag, so let's get started.
1. Totally should've gotten a sequel
 The Sky Riders was supposed to have a sequel . . . no word on that yet, though, and it came out a few years ago. It needs a sequel, though, so very, very much.

2. Totally should've had a spin off series

A lot of fans of the Songkeeper Chronicles want a spin-off/prequel series about Hawkness, Artair, Auna, and others from before the Chronicles officially begin. I think this sounds like an amazing idea.

3. An author who totally should write more books

Heather Dixon. She's written two and they're both fabulous and funny-but-dark and just plain awesome (and steampunky!).

4. A character who totally should've ended up with someone else

I honestly can't think of anyone to put here . . . well, except that one couple. But I'm not ranting about that, because honestly? By the time she got back to him, she didn't deserve him. 

5. Totally should've ended differently
Green by Ted Dekker. I've discussed this before, but basically the ending of this book made the rest of the series seem to not matter anymore.

6. Totally should've had a movie franchise

Mistborn- but it might maybe get one, or so I've heard!

7. Totally should've had a TV show

The Flying Dutchman series by Brian Jacques. I don't watch TV, but I'd get the show on DVD once a season was over and watch it that way during the summer. Or something.

8. Totally should've had only one point of view

Can't think of one, so I'm going to steal Ryebrynn's answer and say The Queen of Shadows because, yeah, I could've done without Manon's POV.

9. Totally should have a cover change

Moonblood, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. I mean, the current cover isn't terrible, but it's not my favorite either.

10. Totally should've kept the original covers
The Ranger's Apprentice series. I'm not saying the old covers were amazing . . . but I liked them way more than the new ones. At least the older covers gave you an idea what the book was about. (The new covers don't show up on Goodreads, though, for some reason . . . not sure why.) Also, though they don't actually have a cover change yet, the Dark Sea Annals are going to have a cover change, and I am Not Pleased.

11. Totally should've stopped at book one

I honestly can't think of any for this one . . . I guess the Hollow Kingdom trilogy could've stopped at book one? But I'm certainly not upset that it didn't . . .

And now I'm supposed to tag people . . . I don't know who to tag, so I'll leave this open. If you want to do it, go ahead! (If you want to do it but don't feel comfortable just taking it, tell me and I'll edit to tag you specifically.) And do be sure to put a link in the comments when you do.
Thanks for reading!
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade) 


  1. Funnnn! :) Somebody tagged me for this and it's totally on my to-do list to do it. YES TO AN ARTAIR/HAWKNESS SPINOFF AND MORE HEATHER DIXON BOOKS!! :D Ooh, BJ's Flying Dutchman books would make a great TV show. o.o

    Glad your Camp is going well (ish) and hope you get over those research snags! (Sadly can't help with those. :P Does the deaf person know how to read? And I'm sure if it's steampunk you can kinda make up what the royal family does or doesn't do! And pfft, I don't think anyone knows what Prime Ministers do. XD But I'm sure it's discoverable...) Good luck on your writing!! ^_^

    1. I can't wait to see your answers to it! And I'm glad you agree on all those points. :D

      (The deaf person does know how to read a little bit, enough to communicate. Which is a thing I decided because all other options were driving me nuts. And the other things I was able to discover through research, though I am modifying the usual constitutional monarchy just a touch.)