I have seen this tag making its rounds in the bookish community throughout 2016 and found myself wondering why I haven’t done it yet, and then recently Nihaad over at Read and Seek did the tag and thus reminded me of my intention to do it too. I tend to keep all my unpopular opinions to myself but this seems like fun way to express some of those unpopular opinions.
A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – This novel frustrated me on so many levels. The protagonist was bland, immature and annoying. I had absolutely no connection with any of the characters and wouldn’t have cared less if all of them died. There was no world building, the plot was predictable and the writing style was poor. In fact, there were often moments where I had the urge to drop this novel into a raging fire and then bury the ashes just to make sure the novel isn’t resurrected.
A Popular Book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.
I can’t think of anything other than Twilight. Fourteen-year-old me was undeniably a Twi-hard. At the time that shit was gold for a teenager and it introduced me to Urban and Paranormal Fantasy. Twenty-three-old me completely understands the criticism the series receives and I agree with most of it. However, I feel like I owe it to stand up for this series because it introduced me to a world outside Harry Potter and thus led me to the YA genre.
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.
Twilight – I was always Team Jacob.
A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.
Paranormal Romance – The human girl falls in love with a vampire/werewolf/boogieman (lols) is way too overdone. Don’t get me wrong, I love Urban Fantasy but there is a huge different between PR and UF. I can’t deal with a novel of the paranormal nature in which the main focus of the plot is the romance. If you’re going to include a relationship between your human main character and a supernatural being it needs to be a sideline plot within a greater narrative. It just cannot be the main objective of the novel. Meh.
A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
*Minor SPOILER if you have not read the Throne of Glass Series*
Aelin Ashryver Galathynius from the Throne of Glass series – I say Aelin particularly because I loved her as Celaena because she had human flaws and vulnerabilities which made her relatable. But the way the character developed after Heir of Fire pisses me off. Aelin is arrogant, cold, conniving and untrustworthy. Lets just say I kind of agree with Darrow…
A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
Cassandra Clare – I have tried so hard to get into both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series but I DNFed (did not finish) both City of Bones and Clockwork Angel. I do think that I will most likely give it another try at some point though…
A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.
The cold, ruthless and arrogant female main characters. Yes, I am talking about the Aelins of the YA universe. God knows there are too many of them. We need more characters like Kestrel in The Winner’s Trilogy and Kady and Ella in The Illuminae Files.
A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
The Selection by Kiera Cass – I have considered getting into this series many times because of how popular it was a while ago but I always end up deciding against. I think I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I am just not interested.
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?
If I Stay by Gayle Forman – I absolutely loved the movie. I feel as though the characters really came to life on screen whereas they were pretty bland in the novel. I do love the book, but I think I love the movie more.
What are your unpopular bookish opinions?