It’s my two-year blogiversary!
It’s hard to believe I’ve been running this blog for two whole years. Where has the time gone?
To celebrate this momentous occasion, I thought I’d take another swing at the first post I ever wrote— the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag. That’s right, I started my blog by potentially immediately alienating my audience. But this is one of my favorite tags because it’s all about saying the things we may otherwise be afraid to say.
If you know me, you know I’m never afraid to share my opinion. But the point still stands. What unpopular opinions am I going to share today? Let’s just dive right in!
A popular book or series that you didn’t like
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
This book retroactively ruined the entire series. It destroys Juliette and Warner’s character and relationship development, adds last-minute world-building that makes little sense, and has absolutely no plot. It erased any lasting affection I had for this series. Hence the scathing review I wrote last year. This book absolutely did not need to exist.
A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love
The Merciless by Danielle Vega
If I were to call any series a guilty pleasure read, it would be this one. These books are trashy and have little to no substance, and yet I’ve devoured every single one. I get the criticisms. It’s mediocre YA and it’s less horror than it is torture porn. I don’t even like any of the characters. But I still love this series. It’s as gruesome as I get.
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
In a way, this answer applies to both prompts. I’ve never been shy about the fact that I hate this grouping from The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare. I hated Kierark and adding Cristina only makes it worse. Kieran is manipulative, petty, and constantly gaslights Mark. He doesn’t realize the error of his ways until he falls into Magical Empathy Water. All three characters have to be out of character in order for this relationship to work. I’ve gone into more detail about the reasons Kieran sucks and why this OT3 doesn’t work before, so I’ll just leave it at this: Kieran should’ve died and Marktina should’ve ended up together without him.
A popular book genre that you hardly reach for
Many classics are just so dense and take forever to get through. I also find many of them boring. There are a few I’ll make exceptions for, but most I’ll just pass on.
A popular or beloved character that you do not like
I really don’t get the hype. Well, I guess I do. He’s handsome and smooth, so fangirls feel justified in overlooking or excusing his villainy. It’s one thing to like a villain, but it’s another thing entirely to act like they didn’t do anything wrong or were “out of character” when they do evil things (an actual claim I’ve seen multiple times). He’s not a better alternative to Mal (another prong in the Shadow and Bone love square). He’s a moderately interesting villain and nothing more.
A popular author that you can’t seem to get into
I’ve tried Truthwitch and Something Strange and Deadly and I just can’t get into her stories. The writing style and characters just aren’t for me. I can’t say they’re bad, just not my cup of tea.
A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing
Girl Takes Back Her Kingdom
I’m not talking about the lost queen trope. Well, I guess I am a little bit but it’s not a prerequisite. I’m tired of seeing the displaced princess have to rise up and take back her kingdom from a corrupt leader or conqueror. It’s gotten to the point where, when I see this trope in a summary, I roll my eyes and give the book in question a hard pass. We need more variety in our high fantasy, YA.
A popular series that you have no interest in reading
The Folk of the Air by Holly Black
Despite the hype, I have zero inclination to read this book. Reviews have suggested the first book uses tropes that I can’t stand (i.e. “He’s mean to her because he likes her”), so it’ll probably be better if I just pass on this one. Everyone says the depictions of fae are really good in this series, but I don’t trust the rest of the story to be equally as good.
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?
My reason for liking the movie more than the book is simple: Simon. He was fine in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I vastly preferred Nick Robinson’s portrayal. I think I also just prefer the rom-com vibe in movie form. I do wish the reveal of Simon’s manipulations had been handled with more delicacy and nuance, but the film is still overall great.
Do you have any answers to any of these questions? Let me know in the comments!
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3 thoughts on “Unpopular Opinions Book Tag: Take 2”
I’ve not read any Susan Dennard but I’ve heard a lot of things that are similar to what you’ve put – that people have tried to read her books but there’s something about the style and story that doesn’t work for them.
I might still give her a go though but that’s because I’ve subscribed to her newsletter and follow her on twitter and she gives excellent writing advice!
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A lot of people seem to love the Witchlands series, so I’m definitely in the minority. I might have to check out her newsletter and Twitter though for that writing advice.
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