Hey everyone! So I’ve been tagged by Aimal to do the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag, originally created by TheBookArcher.
I am aware that this post is going to cause a lot of displeasure for individuals who love the books/ series, or authors that I’m going to mention. I will apologize in advance but I will say this—everyone is entitled to their opinion and not everyone is going to share a similar attitude towards a topic which in this case–books. I’d like to think that all my answers for these questions are fairly reasonable. If you are offended again, sorry. This is solely MY OWN opinion.
Now onto the questions……
Popular book or series you didn’t like.
Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie
Despite the overall rating of the book at Goodreads I believe that this book is still popular and it’s very much recommended by many people. It’s quite ironic that I actually own the first two books. I have them for the sole purpose of making my bookshelf look nice (I know I’m weird). This book to me, had to a lot of potential with an interesting premise, but Ms. Condie failed to deliver. The writing was boring that I actually had to force myself to finish it. A huge portion of the story focused too much on the romance aspect of the story between Ky, Cassia, and Xander. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the idea of their romance-the love triangle and all because it’s necessary for this book; however, it took too much of the plot structure and any other parts of the book that could have been used for characterization and world-building. I hate it when the plot takes a backseat and everything is focused on the damn romance!
A popular book or series that everyone seems to hate, but you love.
The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass
I am not sure if this series falls into category, but I would have to go with The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass. It’s a book that either receives a lot of hate or a lot of love. I am definitely one of the individuals who love it. For those who dislike the book, they always claim that this book sucks and the writing is terrible. True, the writing is nothing spectacular and same goes for the plot. I was actually disappointed when I read the first book because it was labeled as dystopia but it only had dystopian elements and the world-building was nonexistent. Nevertheless, these books are what I would call a “guilty pleasure” and I enjoyed reading them. It’s a series that I would definitely recommend to everyone if you just want a fun read.
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 don’t like.
I think I’m actually going to get a lot of people upset for this (well for those who care) but I didn’t like Harry and Ginny. When I first read the Harry Potter books I always thought that Harry was going to end up with Hermione (you know the trope- hero always ends up with the girl). It really didn’t help when the movies came out and Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson has such great chemistry on screen but that’s just probably me. I know people were ecstatic that J.K. Rowling didn’t go for the cliche ending but I actually did ship Harry and Hermione. However, I don’t mind Ron and Hermione. My issue was with Harry and Ginny. I just didn’t buy the love between them. It felt forced and it’s probably the fact that Ms. Rowling didn’t focus on their romance until the sixth book. All of a sudden Harry gets jealous of Ginny being with Dean…(Idk I just didn’t get it). I am well aware that Harry Potter is not about romance but I just had to say it.
A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.
I am quite open-minded when it comes to reading any books. Sure I’d prefer a certain genre over the other but I have read almost all kinds. However, if I’d pick one I’d say non-fiction. I think non-fiction is a popular genre and is definitely an alternate if you don’t like reading fiction. I prefer fiction over non-fiction any day.
A popular or beloved character that you do not like
That’s right I didn’t like Holden Caulfield. I’ve read The Catcher in the Rye twice (first time for leisure, the second time for required reading–and ended up disliking the book both times). I found him insufferable and call me cruel or heartless, but I couldn’t really sympathize with him. Nevertheless, if I have to look at his character overall, I don’t think Holden was necessarily written as someone to be liked by the readers, but rather a teenager that you had to empathized with. Yes, he is someone who feels very “real” and maybe that’s why he is beloved by those who read the book. However, I came to the conclusion that Holden is one of those fictional characters that you either end up loving or hating, and unfortunately, I am the latter.
A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
Stephanie Perkins. I attempted to read Anna and the French Kiss and couldn’t finish it. I know that a lot of people love her as well as the book, but I am one of the few who don’t care so much. I was really put off with Anna and the French Kiss because I felt as if it encouraged cheating. Apparently Cheating is all of a sudden an “okay” thing to do just because the guy is doing it to be with the main character. Moreover I can’t help having this notion in my head that if Etienne can do it to his girlfriend, then I’m sure he is capable of doing it to Anna. Yes I know it’s “fiction” and I shouldn’t put too much thought into it, but I don’t condone cheating. Therefore, anything that has it in any book is a quick and easy way for me to make me hate the book. After that “so called reading experience” it’s going to be difficult for me to get into reading her other books.
A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
I could list so many but I’ll go with the heroine who thinks she’s plain yet *gasps* she’s actually gorgeous and she’s the only one who doesn’t see it….You know the heroine who whines how she’s unattractive and the guy will never be interested her. And then all of a sudden when someone compliments her especially her love interest she gets all surprised.
“But why?! I’m so plain with my big brown eyes and black silky hair…..” (okay terrible example but you get the idea)
A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
Instead of saying Fifty Shades of Grey because that is a given I am picking Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I am just not interested; and I don’t need a romance book in which our main hero is a stalker and the main heroine finds his so-called behavior alluring. Oh don’t forget he’s very attractive so that’s totally fine.
So if he’s unattractive then of course it’s going to be creepy. I can’t comprehend as to why certain readers find this characteristic appealing nor do I see the logic. If this was real life I would fear for my life and ask for a restraining order.. I know, I know it’s fiction….. *sighs*
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?
I’m going to go with Gossip Girl. I’ve read all the books but I thought the T.V. adaptation was much better minus the series finale ending (I wasn’t a fan). The books are much different in terms of the plot and has certain elements from the book, but overall really different. The characters I would say I like more in the tv series than the book. Overall I would just say I would prefer watching the show again over reading the series the second time.