This has been a tag going around on BookTube (aka the community of book bloggers on YouTube) for a while, and recently I’ve seen a few book bloggers do it as well (most recently, Illeanas Book Reviews). I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but it looked like fun, so I decided to do it anyway.
Obviously, this is a post of unpopular opinions, so I’m aware many of you may not like or agree with some of the things I’ve written. These are just my personal opinions, and you are entitled to disagree with me. You’re more than welcome to put your thoughts in the comments, just be nice. Thanks!
1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like.
I hate putting down someone else’s work, but I really did not like Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy (and yes, I read all three books). Pretty much the only thing I remember about them is that I didn’t enjoy reading them. I also didn’t care for We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I think in both cases, it comes down to the fact that I really hated the characters.
2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.
This is a hard one, because I typically don’t read many books that get a lot of bad reviews. So, I consulted my Goodreads page and compared my ratings to the average user rating and came up with two of my five-star books that average around a 3.5. They are both some of my favorite assigned school readings, and I love them: Beowulf and Lord of the Flies.
3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn people for spoilers) OR and OTP that you don’t like.
A love triangle I can think of that I didn’t like the outcome of is the Gatsby-Daisy-Tom triangle in The Great Gatsby. They are all pretty messed up, but I hate that (SPOILER) Daisy choses Tom, mostly because I just really hate Tom.
4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
I never go for straight romance novels. You know – the ones with the cheesy covers. The only books I read that can be classified as “romance” are classics – I love Jane Austen – or books like Anna and the French Kiss and Outlander. I loved Outlander, but that was pushing it for me on the romance novel scale. I do like romantic storylines within other genres, though.
5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
I hate to say this, because I absolutely love Breakfast at Tiffany’s (both the movie and the book), but Holly Golightly annoys me. She’s flighty and careless and I think if I knew her in real life, she would drive me insane. But, I appreciate her in the context of the story (and I think Audrey Hepburn did an amazing job playing her).
6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
I am not a fan of Charles Dickens. I’ve had to read both Oliver Twist and Great Expectations for school at some point, and I don’t think I finished either of them. I think at some point, I’m going to try to force myself to read some of his books again, but I find them really dense and hard to get through. To be fair, he was paid by the word, so he has a good excuse.
7. A popular book trope that you’re tried of seeing. (“Lost Princess”, Corrupt Ruler, Love Triangles, etc)
I kind of hate the whole Romeo & Juliet thing. It’s not an age issue – I still read quite a lot of somewhat romantic YA novels (and I do really like Shakespeare in general) – but when immature characters put everything on the line for the love of their life that they met five minutes ago, it makes me really want to hit them.
8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
Easy: 50 Shades of Gray. Also not interested at all in the Matched series (although I know almost nothing about it). And I most likely won’t be finishing The Mortal Instruments series (or starting the Infernal Devices series), partly because I got bored with it, and partly because I find it hard to read books written by authors I don’t like, and I’m not a fan of Cassandra Clare as a person.
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?
Game of Thrones. I have read the first book, and loved it, but it’s pretty dense and crazy long. However, I am absolutely obsessed with the TV show! I do plan on reading the rest of the series at some point, because I know the storylines diverge.
I also like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies a bit more than the books. Although I do also love the books.