I had the fortune of being challenged to complete Unpopular Opinions Book Tag (originally from TheBookArcher) by Pages and Pineapples . And as I’m sure you’re realized by now, I’ve taken up the challenge. Okay… she never called it a challenge, but doesn’t challenge make things that much more exciting? Get ready to hear some opinions that may make you wish a horrible death upon me or have you nodding in secret agreement.
A popular book you didn’t like
Shiver by Maggie Stivefer. If any of you have read my Top Ten Tuesday last week you already know that I am not a fan of this book, or this series for that matter. I found that none of the characters made any impression on me, more often than not they bored me. When reading becomes a painful chore then it’s just not worth it.
A book series that everyone hates but you love
This is a bit of a cheat because it isn’t a book series, but I’m going to say The Giver by Lois Lowery. I know this is a book that has a lot of awards and even a film adaptation, but when we read this book in school it was almost universally hated. I suspect that middle school classrooms might be harsher than literary review boards. “Why are they taking a bath?”, “why is it in black and white?”, “this ending is stupid” were some of the critiques my twelve year old peers had. But I loved it! Perhaps this was the moment little Liselle decided to love dystopian novels because in high school we read The Chrysalids which everyone also hated, and I ended up loving as much as the Giver.
A love triangle where the MC ends up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with
This doesn’t happen to me. Not ever. And I’ll tell you why. It’s because if I’m reading a book and I realize the pairing isn’t going to go the way I want, I stop reading it. This will probably be the most unpopular opinion of this whole article. I almost didn’t finish the third Hunger Games book because Katniss was getting a little too lovey with Gale. The upside is that I almost always root for the couple you’re supposed to want to be together, so this is rarely an issue.
A popular book genre you rarely reach for
Does Non-Fiction count? I generally don’t read these books. I’ll go on Pinterest and read internet articles etc., but I’ve never picked up a book about World War II and started reading it. Occasionally I will read a biography, but that’s about it.
A popular beloved character you didn’t like
I didn’t like Gale in the Hunger Games, not ever. I didn’t like Prim either, #sorrynotsorry. I’ve always hated Ron from Harry Potter, he’s a terrible friend most times and a tagalong at best. I didn’t like Ginny either, mostly because I found her character to be shallow and her gushing love for Harry seemed inauthentic. Hmm who else? I didn’t like Jacob in the Twilight books, I liked him in the movies, but I suspect that I was distracted by Taylor Lautner. Oh gosh I could go on and on with this. For fans of the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness I did not like the girl. I liked her so little that I can’t even remember her name. I’m not sure if she’s a popular character but all I can say is #TeamManchee
A popular author you can’t seem to get into
Maggie Stiefvater, because of my negative experience with Shiver I have never bothered with any of her other books. I feel a little bad because how I felt about one series doesn’t necessarily mean the others will be bad, but I just can’t.
Popular trope you’re tired of seeing
I have to agree with Pages and Pineapples, I’m so tired of seeing the girl who thinks she’s so plain and boring but then suddenly has multiple super hot boys vying for her attention. And then she ends up treating at least one of them like crap, or stringing both along. I know the love triangle is to create drama, but at least make her a girl who’s confident about herself. That’s probably why I like the dystopian books so much, because the girls don’t seem to be so surprised that boys actually like them, and they kick butt and stuff.
Popular series you have no interest in reading
I’m not going to say Shiver again because I’m starting to feel like I’m picking on the poor book. There have been series in the past where I’ve said “eh, I’m not going to read that”, but then lo and behold, there I am giving it a try. So even when I don’t have an interest somehow I end up reading it, because if that many people like it, it can’t be that bad right? I’ll probably give Shiver another try in a year and end up loving it! hahaha
The saying goes, ‘The book is always better than the movie’ but what movie do you prefer more than the book?
I honestly can’t think of anything. If I watch the movie first then I almost never read the book, but if I’ve read the book first the movie never seems better, just on par or worse. But I did read a paragraph of The Lord of the Rings and instantly hated it, so I guess I think the movies are better?
Soooo this is the part I’m supposed to tag someone. I’m trying not to freak out about being rejected but I’m going to tag Kayl @ Kayl’s Krazy Obsession because she made a post about a rather unpopular opinion recently so I’m sure she’ll enjoy this.
What do you think of my unpopular opinions? Agree? Disagree? Need to know where I live so you can teach me a lesson? Let me know!