Voicing unpopular opinions can be as dangerous as poking a dragon with a spork. And yet deviously fun. OH COME ON. Don’t deny you like to vent your squashed opinions now and then. I initially thought I wouldn’t do the Unpopular Opinion Tag and risk being overly negative. But “unpopular” doesn’t always equal “negative”. SO! Life is short. I am too fabulous. Let’s do this.
Tagged by Christy & Erica @ Novel Ink, Mallory @ The Leaning Tower of Tomes and Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm! Apparently the world is desperate for my opinions. (As it should be.) This tag was created by The Book Archer. AND THERE ARE NO RULES. SO YAY.
So are you ready for my unpopular opinions? Ready to stand strong with me or toss down your cake in rage? LET’S DO THIS.
\\ Also I want to add that if I have an opinion that’s vivaciously different to yours — that’s okay. We can still be friends and disagree on small bookish things. //
1. A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES YOU DIDN’T LIKE.
You know what? I actually LIKE most popular things. I know. How weird of me. But I’m of the opinion that 90% of the time, things get popular for good reasons. But there are a few, awkwardly, that I’m not on board with.
Apparently I don’t like green books? OH HAR HAR. But in all seriousness. I found THIRTEEN REASONS WHY to be a case of romanticising mental illness and bullying (the “hero” being the most malicious bully of all). I felt FINDING AUDREY was totally insensitive about anxiety. I fell asleep during TOUCH OF POWER. Oops. Seriously they did nothing but talk and walk around and occasionally accidentally kiss. Same with STOLEN SONGBIRD, plus Cecile was a fainting damsel.
2. A POPULAR BOOK/SERIES EVERYONE HATES BUT YOU LOVE.
Oh where do I begin. MWHAHA. I love the underdogs. I always do. If people throw angry mouldy potatoes at it, I undoubtedly fall in love with it.
I am so in love with CITY OF BONES and basically everything Cassandra Clare has ever written. Give me all her books and let me flail. I don’t really understand why this series gets hate. IT’S INCREDIBLE. But each to their own, of course. I love THE MAZE RUNNER for it’s originality and adorable characters. I’m probably naming my firstborn Thomas, just sayin’. And I adore ENDER’S GAME for much the same reason. The sci-fi stuff went — WHEEST — over my head, but Ender and Bean. I love them. (I also think it’s unfair to hate this book because the author has crummy ideals.) Also DOROTHY MUST DIE was creeptastic and the best. The end.
3. A LOVE TRIANGLE WHERE THE PROTAGONIST ENDED UP WITH THE PERSON YOU DIDN’T WANT THEM TO BE WITH.
Just yesterday I finished An Ember in the Ashes, and while no ships are truly sailing yet, I’m definitely on board the rebel vessel. I vote for Elias and Helene! The two narrators, Elias and Laia, I just don’t see together. Ever. Nope.
All the other love-triangles where I’m currently shipping the wrong person are in books that haven’t ENDED yet! (Like Snow Like Ashes and Throne of Glass.) So I need to withhold judgment.
4. POPULAR GENRE YOU HARDLY READ.
This is hard! I don’t adore contemporaries. They’re not what I run to, normally, BUT, I do read a lot of them! Mostly this is because a) I’m hopelessly peer-pressured and read what my friends are reading, and b) I get sent contemporaries to review, so I do, and c) some contemporaries ARE really wonderful. I have to keep reading them so I don’t miss out, right?!
But I really would rather paranormal or fantasy.
5. A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER YOU DISLIKE.
I hate Snape. Like hate him.
I haven’t finished the series yet, BUT I KNOW THE SPOILERS. I know he has a “tragic past”. Oh, boohoo. Just because your life sucks doesn’t mean you get to make everyone else’s life suck. YOU KNOW WHY? Because bullies are always in the wrong. Always.
6. A POPULAR AUTHOR YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO.
I have a list. I am ashamed, too, because I really want to love all the books. BUT I DON’T.
- ANDREW SMITH: I have no idea what he’s even saying. NO IDEA.
- ALLY CONDIE: Her premises are good but…the execution? Just doesn’t work for me.
- JACLYN MORIARTY: From her epic last name I expected nefarious wonderfulness. I got completely bewildering words that made no sense to me. See Andrew Smith.
- VICTORIA AVEYARD: I just didn’t understand the fuss about this book. Sure it has a pretty cover, but the plot was recycled from so many other popular YA books! That’s a problem for me!
7. A POPULAR TROPE YOU’RE TIRED OF READING.
There are so many tropes that get rehashed that FAIL to interest me at all. Not even in the slightest. “What’s wrong with me?” I ask myself. But seriously, I have no interest in:
- LOVE TRIANGLES: I know everyone says this, so, HEY, maybe it’s true! I think if you’re torn equally in “love” with two people then you don’t love either enough. Go be single. Or get a pet porcupine.
- GIRLS FALLING IN LOVE WITH CHEATING BOYS: I really hate reading about the girls who give boys 3,509 chances. If the dude has cheated/been mean to his original girlfriend to “follow his dreams” and pursue “true love” with the protagonist girl? I DON’T TRUST HIM. (See: Etienne St Clair and Pudge and Frank and Jonah.) And I do really like some of these books, but the dudes’ standards really annoy me.
- EVERYONE HAVING RED HAIR: This bothers me a lot for some weird reason, but gee, if I had a dollar for every time I read about a red-head heroine I could buy a new bookshelf (that I severely need) DON’T GE ME WRONG. Red hair is beautiful. But 2% of the population apparently have red hair. In YA books? It’s like 90% of the population.
- PARENTS WHO DON’T TELL THEIR KIDS ABOUT THEIR MUTANT ABILITIES: Call it werewolf, or warlock, or superhero, or last-of-the-African-ninjas, I DON’T CARE. Just please, tell your child before they start busting out craziness all over the place. And tell them before they turn 16, maybe? The plot device is old.
8. A POPULAR SERIES YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING.
Let’s not say “no” permanently because I can’t make such a definite life-long decision like that. I cannot. But I am struggling to get up the motivation to try these little hedgehogs:
I think I will one day? But it is not this day. Tomorrow doesn’t look good either.
9. A SHOW/MOVIE ADAPTION YOU LIKED BETTER THAN THE BOOK.
OH GOSH. I love this question. I love adaptions and though there are some horrific ones, there are some that make my soul flail like a Mexican sombrero.
LORD OF THE RINGS won my heart with the movies. Not the books. Never the books. I cannot handle the books. (I’ve tried 1.5 of them.) Also SHERLOCK HOLMES, although I haven’t properly tried the books, only skimmed. And dare I say I preferred THE GIVER movie?! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of the book. But the movie struck something in me that trembled my Vulcan heart. I teared up and it was a whole 2.3 seconds before I was in control again. I also probably could live in the Giver world quite comfortably because it’s so orderly and calm. BUT I DIGRESS.
10. A POPULAR STYLE OF COVER YOU CAN’T STAND.
I AM CHEATING NOW. (You knew I would, didn’t you?? I have to be wild even in a rule-less-tag. It is my legacy.) This question is my addition to the tag. The tag ended at nine questions. NINE. I couldn’t stand for that.
Cover trends are interesting things and I scrutinise covers hugely because a) I like to think I have an eye for art ha ha ha and b) I take a lot of photographs of books and photographing horrible covers KILLS SOMETHING INSIDE ME. I really hate the trends of faces or headlessness. Basically I don’t like covers where, if you took away the title, you’d have NO CLUE what the book was about.
Yeah, no, to all of these. They inspire nothing in me. I think book covers should be works of art! Bring on the hand drawn covers, the gorgeous dresses, and minimalism art!
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