Hey, guys! Hope you’re all having a good start to your week. Today I’m here with a tag that I’ve seen going around. The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag was created by booktuber TheBookArcher. It was uploaded a few months ago, but it has exploded over the last week-ish, so I thought I would add my contribution. The tag is exactly what it sounds like; unpopular opinions regarding books.
Before we jump in, I’d like to add this little disclaimer: My intention with this tag aren’t to bash books you may like or insinuate that you are stupid for liking them. Different people have different tastes, and that’s okay. This is all in good fun, folks!
Okay ready? Let’s jump in, shall we?
1. A popular book or series you didn’t like.
As I’m sure you probably remember, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken blew up about two years ago. Everyone raved about how good the series was, and it remains a top trilogy for many readers. I was rather underwhelmed when I gave in and read it. I guess I just wasn’t crazy about any of the characters, and it also didn’t help that I read it during my “Please-No-More-Dystopian-Books” phase (haven’t left that yet). I never continued the series, and I doubt I ever will.
2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.
I’m not usually a huge paranormal fan, but I really loved the Mara Dyer series. Most people really enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy, but hated the last one, The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Personally, I thought it was just as strong as the rest of the trilogy. I didn’t see how it could really end any other way. It was definitely the creepiest of the three and had the most twists. I thought the plot was unique and crazy, and it took me on a ride. Mara Dyer is still one of my favorite female protagonists.
3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you didn’t like.
I was going to pick The Hunger Games, but I did ship Peeta and Katniss while reading it. Only later did I convert to Team Gale. Instead, I’m going with Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin. This is one of the first YA books I ever read, and it is still one of my absolute favorites. The only part I didn’t like was that the main female protagonist didn’t end up with who I wanted. It really wasn’t even a love triangle. It was more of the character realizing after she and the first guy didn’t work out that she actually should have been with this other guy the whole time. I still highly recommend this novel if you’ve not read it yet.
4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for
It was between Sci-fi and New Adult, but after a quick check, it appears I’ve read slightly more Sci-fi. What can I really say? The New Adult genre isn’t for me. I’m picky as it is when it comes to contemporary reads. Of the few NA books I’ve read, I wasn’t a fan, and the same goes for NA samples I’ve read. This is an extremely popular genre right now, but I’d pick up anything else in any other genre before something from NA.
5. A popular or beloved character you do not like.
This was the easiest question to answer so far. I knew immediately that my answer would be Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series. I’ve had countless debates about Snape over the years, and it usually boils down to the same thing for me. One chapter does not make up for 6 and a half books. I don’t like how Snape bullied his students to the point of Neville’s boggart turning into him. I don’t like his uncalled for treatment of Harry, in particular. And I don’t like his obsession with Lily. No, I don’t think it’s romantic. I think it’s gross. Nothing anybody can say will change my mind on this character. And though I could (and have) gone on extensively about further reasons for my dislike, I’ll leave it at that.
6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
As everyone else went on and on about The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices trilogy both by Cassandra Clare, I just sat by and watched. This woman publishes books constantly, and never have I been compelled to read any of them. I attempted to read both series, but just couldn’t get into them at all. I can see the appeal but, once again, her books just aren’t for me. The characters, the writing, the plot. Pass.
7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.
I could have easily went with love triangles, but since I avoid those at all costs already, I don’t find myself actually reading many books with love triangles. Instead, I went with something that may annoy me even more (maybe). The two-dimensional best friend trope. I find this is most common in contemporary books, but I’ve seen it in all genres. I chose Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater because I found Rachel and Olivia very flat and uninteresting. This is slightly ironic because Steifvater’s Raven Cycle books have the most developed friendships in probably any book (besides Harry Potter. I mean, come on). Female protagonists’ best friends these days need a lot of work. They’re either the popular, pretty one that the protagonist could never hope of being or just plain boring. I just want better friendships in books!
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
I’ve definitely mentioned not wanting to read this series before. I’ve never heard a negative review, but I just can’t do fairy tale re-tellings. Plus, I know the first one has to do with a cyborg, and that does not sound like something I would enjoy. The hype has turned me off as well.
9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or TV show adaptation do you like more than the book?
Besides The Maze Runner, I don’t think I’ve ever preferred a movie/TV adaptation over its book. The movie had a great cast, and it made the story-line seem more exciting than it actually was. I was never a big fan of this book series, and I never did complete the last book or the prequel. I’ll definitely continue to watch the movies though!
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Alrighty, guys, that’s the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag! Please let me know which ones you agree and disagree with! I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Also, a book review will be coming very soon!
Until next time, keep reading and writing! – Veronica