One of the things I cherish most about us bookworms is our ability to get along and — gasp! — be friends despite disagreeing on our biggest passion — books. Because books they are special snowflakes. Each and every one of them. And we snowflake chasers are drawn to different sparkles, even when we’re practically BFFs. And have sworn our bodies and souls to the same authors. And maybe sold each other’s arms and legs to get that one special hardcover edition, signed. (Also, of course, because we all are intelligent people and we know opinions are subjective and in no way meant to be offensive or personal.) So, in honour of that glorious trait of ours, I decided to do the Unpopular Opinions book tag, created originally by TheBookArcher on YouTube. Without further ado…
1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like
The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo sadly, so sadly did not impress me with anything except the world and Nikolai Lantsov. (Which, let’s face it, are more than enough to make me talk about these books anyway. All the time.) I just did not like the main character and felt like she overpowered the rest of the cast, making them boring and almost meaningless. (I did give it plenty of stars, though. Because, damn, that world. I am so looking forward to The Language of Thorns.)
2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love
I was initially going to go with Captive Prince, for reasons, but then… Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr may not be a universally hated book, but it certainly isn’t the most loved either. Except by me. Because I adore it to bits. Mostly for the precise reasons people dislike it. Leslie, one of the protagonists, is a victim of sexual assault and the route her story takes is not of the rainbows and sunshine variety. It isn’t particularly healing or healthy, either. Yet it is precisely that darker aspect of the book and the complexity of some relationships and characters that makes it easily my favourite in the series, and, indeed, a favourite in general. Love doesn’t always magically heal everything. Not every story needs a traditional happy ever after. Especially when it involves characters whose morals and motives are questionable. Or, the true bad boys. If you can call them boys…
3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with
I will not be giving any spoilers (though at this point is there anyone who doesn’t know, really) but I am quite meh about the romance in The Hunger Games trilogy. My mind understands whom and why, but my heart is still very #nope. But then, I don’t care about the series all that much as a whole anyway, so…
4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for
YA contemporary romance. I do devour my share of adult romance, both steamy and not, and I do enjoy my fantasy with a big helping of romance on the side… But when it comes to contemporary romance in YA fiction… I mostly grab M/M books and leave the usual girl meets boy stories on the shelves. I have no idea why, for real.
5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like
I feel like kicking myself for saying this but Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Now, dislike may be too strong a word in this case, especially after A Court of Mist and Fury. But I did struggle with liking her in the first book. A lot. Among other things. (That entire books was a struggle, to be honest. Up until I read the sequel. No I’m ready for a proper, enjoyable reread. Because I was a fool who did not see the brilliance at a first glance.) I cannot quite pinpoint why, but something about Feyre’s narration just annoyed me. Thankfully, she does get better in ACOMAF, even if she still won’t make it to the list of my favourite heroines. Unless, of course, A Court of Wings and Ruin will flip my world upside down. Which, let’s face it, it probably will. And I’m ready for it. (I’m not.)
6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into
John Green, sadly. I have nothing against his books or his writing but they just aren’t for me. I tried a few of them (Paper Towns, Will Grayson Will Grayson, various short stories) and found the protagonists and the voices to be a tad too similar to each other. Maybe I simply have outgrown the cute nerdy boys who view the world (and the girls) in that particular way of theirs. Maybe.
7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing
I am actually in the process of writing a post on this exact topic because multitasking is how I function (and how nothing ever gets done, of course) but if I had to pick just one… Girls that are not like other girls. I don’t think anything gets under my skin as much as this one. In the first place, what is an other girl? There is no such thing, no universal girl stereotype. And wearing sneakers just doesn’t make a girl special. Neither does reading books. Or not enjoying parties. So, give me Celaena Sardothien any time over this, please. Not because she likes pretty dresses and likes being pretty, but because she doesn’t judge, neither herself nor the females around her.
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading
The Selection by Kiera Cass. A part of me is really curious because The Bachelor setting is ought to be interesting, right? Another is seriously bothered by some of the names. (I’m weird about character names, okay? So, so weird.) Then there are all those mixed reviews… So, no, for now.
9. 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
The 100, hands down. I tried the book and it was so, so boring and plotless. The TV show, on the other hand, while somewhat crazy at times, is gritty and brutal and has incredible character development in quite many cases. Plus, it has both kids and adults. I love that. I love everything about that show. Especially Bellamy. Who else is excited about the new season?
What are some of your unpopular book opinions? Any popular books you don’t like or consider overhyped? Any cliches you’re tired of seeing? Do you have a favourite that everyone else seems to hate?