You guys, I’ve really been enjoying booktube videos lately. I love how passionate people in our community are about sharing their love and appreciation for books, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it in some way.
Some time ago I came across the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag and thought it would be fun to take part in it to share some of my personal unpopular bookish opinions. (I apologize in advance if I bash on a favourite of yours!)
Let’s dive right in…
A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This book is hugely popular in the book community, and as an avid reader I can’t help being curious about books that are well loved. So of course I went ahead and got myself a copy (after stalling for months!). I really struggled to understand the hype that surrounded Fangirl. I didn’t particularly like the characters, especially the narrator, and the story-line bore me to tears. I couldn’t relate to any of it, and I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I was when I reached the end.
A Popular Book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.
The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer. I remember when I was in high school it seemed like every girl was walking around in a daze because their noses were buried in the pages of the Twilight saga. It was huge! And I will admit that somewhere along the line I hopped on board and fell in love with the vampires too. But then the movies hit the big screen and it felt as if everyone turned against the series over night. Suddenly I became embarrassed to say that I enjoyed the books and that it will forever hold a special place in my heart! But it’s true, I love Twilight! Of course there are a few other books and series that I could mention here but Twilight is the one that I felt I needed to write about today.
A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.
Daisy and Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I know this is a weird choice but bear with me… I know that there was a very good point for these two being together, and staying together otherwise The Great Gatsby wouldn’t be the classic that it is today. But the romantic in me wanted Jay to get the girl. Maybe in some alternate universe Fitzgerald gives the spoiled, rich girl some dimension and strength to leave her world of power and luxury for something beyond what she’s used to. Maybe he’d give Mr. Gatsby the happily ever after he yearned for. But in this universe we have to accept that’s not how it’s done.
A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.
High fantasy. I am still new to the fantasy genre because for the longest time I always thought that it would be too intimidating to read. The world building and jargon that comes along with fantasy always overwhelmed me; until I started reading YA fantasy and completely fell in love. I still don’t reach for high fantasy though, because I am just too intimidated by it. The books are always huge and typically high fantasy comes in the form of a never ending series that I simply cannot bring myself around to read.
A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
Tris Prior, Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I was never a huge fan of the books and I suspect that it’s largely because I didn’t like Tris. I felt like she was suffering from a hero complex, always creating these desperate situations and then miraculously finding the solution at the perfect moment. Either that or she was just an absolute sucker for punishment. Also, I felt that she was a very detached character which was problematic for me since I needed her to make me feel connected to the story.
A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
John Green. I wrote a whole thing for question one about how I did not like The Fault in Our Stars, until I realized that I am just not a fan of John Green at all. There’s something about his writing style that I find difficult to connect with, and to me, all his characters are exactly the same. Everyone seems to adore his writing, while I’m just sitting here wondering what the heck I’m missing.
A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.
The “chosen” one. It was cool with Harry Potter and I am enjoying it in the Throne of Glass series, but I am just over it now. To me it gives this idea that there are certain people who were born into this world to make a difference while everyone else needs to stumble behind. It goes against everything I believe in. In real life ordinary people go out and make changes in our world with their ideas and dedication. Nobody was chosen to do this, we are all responsible; and each and every one of us is capable of achieving extraordinary things.
A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I’m following the film adaptation and I love it. Also, I have no interest in reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin; its way too long and I don’t like the TV series. I know! I’m an alien! But I’ve tried on numerous occasions to watch it and every time I give up.
The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
Would you hate me if I said The Fault in Our Stars? A lot of the pretentiousness that I picked up from the book wasn’t obvious in the movie. The dialogue was a huge problem for me in the book because I felt like no teenager in the history of teenagers ever spoke the way John Green had the characters talking to each other. I didn’t have this issue in the movie at all.
What are some of your unpopular bookish opinions? And do you share any with me? Let me know in the comments below!