I’m just in a mood for venting, so I thought it was a great time to do the Unpopular Opinions Tag. Everyone loves a bit of controversy now and again. Apologies in advance if I have insulted any of your favourites, but that’s just the nature of unpopular opinions.
1. A Popular Book You Didn’t Like
The first one that comes to mind is Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – which I feel a bit bad about since they’re fellow Aussies. A huge disappointment, because I was really looking forward to reading it. Behind the superficial trappings of the epistolary format and wicked-cool designs, the book hides a relatively run-of-the-mill sci-fi fare. It skimmed much too close to the plot and details in Battlestar Galactica for my liking, particularly because BSG did everything so much better. I also found the characters shallow and underdeveloped. Everyone else on the blogosphere seem to include this book in their Top 2015 list, so I’m definitely in the minority here.
2. A Book Series That Everyone Hates But You Love
Plenty of people love this series, but it has its fair share of haters, too. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes is a huge guilty pleasure of mine. I know that it’s technically not very good, filled with nonsensical plotlines, barely constructed world building, and underdeveloped characters – but I just love the shameless drama of it all. It’s like the author picked up a book on worst cliffhangers/plot-twists and crammed it all into one book. I could eat this whole series up with a spoon.
3. A Love Triangle Where The MC Ends Up With The Person You Didn’t Want Them To End Up With
I know this is probably premature, since the second novel isn’t even out yet, but Tamlin of ACOTAR puts me to sleep. Rhysand is swoony, but is also hugely problematic. Feyre should just ride off into the human realm and never look back. Also, the cards are in my ship’s favour for Throne of Glass at the moment, but I have trust issues when it comes to Sarah J Maas so I’ll hold my breath.
Also, they’re not main characters, but Neville and Luna is a huge missed opportunity. I mean, Hannah Abbot?!
4. A Popular Book Genre You Rarely Reach For
Contemporary books in general, especially ones centred on romance or self-discovery. I just find regular life really boring, and unless I have heard rave reviews left and right, I’m unlikely to pick up contemporary novels. Although I do dabble in reading general fiction, I prefer ones that have a magical realism or fabulist spin – in fact, those are my favourite kind of books.
5. A Popular Character You Didn’t Like
Kvothe of Kingkiller Chronicles. He is such a hack, I can’t take a guy who’s a genius, and a maestro, and the chosen one, and possess a godly penis, etc… seriously. I love the writing in these books, but Kvothe and his insufferable and incessant humble-brag irritates me so much, I find it almost amusing. A lot of fans are of the opinion that his perfection is the result of the unreliable narration, I say that they’re giving the series way too much credit.
6. A Popular Author You Can’t Seem To Get Into
Richelle Mead. I tried a couple of her Vampire Academy books, and I found the story largely went nowhere and the cast awfully boring. Then I tried reading Soundless, which was such a godawful waste of the gorgeous cover that I gave up in a hurry. Her most recent release, The Glittering Court, seems like The Selection in space – so it’s an instant skip. I admire her ability to continually pump out one popular series after another, but they’re just not for me.
I have only read one Colleen Hoover book, and I know she’s hugely popular in the blogging circle – but I can’t stand the slut-shaming and the uninspired writing style.
7. Popular Trope You’re Tired Of Seeing
Although I dislike plenty of tropes, such as instalove or love triangles, but the one I most detest is the heroine is ‘not-like-other-girls’ trope. It reeks of internalised misogyny and special snowflake syndrome. Guess what, being different from other ladies do not automatically make you i) relatable or ii) unique – especially when the fictional landscape is filled with such characters. This is also often coupled with derisive comments about other females and how silly they are for liking *gasp* to look presentable. I’m a lady who loves both clothes and makeup, I find ‘hanging out with the dudes’ tiring, I take offence to this trope. I have a lot more I would love to say on this subject, but I’ll save it for another post.
Note: I noticed something a little ironic when typing this up, two of my favourite female characters: Hermione Granger and Lila Bard, plays on this trope a little – especially the latter. I guess it shows I have a tolerance for it when it’s written well, and that even the very best of us have blind spots.
8. Popular Series You Have No Interest In Reading
The Selection series by Kiera Cass. Everything about this series blares warning bells, from the monotonous girl-in-a-gown covers, to the nonsensical faux-dystopia setting, to the inane premise. I’ve also seen enough reviews from sources I trust to know that I shouldn’t bother with it.
9. The Saying Goes, “the book is always better than the movie” But What Movie Do You Prefer To The Book?
I would say Lord of the Rings without any hesitation. The book is a cornerstone for my beloved fantasy genre, but the film series moves me in ways the book never could. The actors, the music, the visuals, the sceneries of my beloved NZ – everything about the movie elevated Lord of the Ring as a series for me. I rewatch it religiously every single year, and I still cry during all of my favourite bits. It’s also my partner’s favourite movie series, so I love the series all the more because it’s something we can share together. We’ve the visited Hobbiton, gone to the movie premiere of The Hobbit in Wellington, and wandered Weta Workshop together, all because of this movie. Those memories and more than what the book could give me.
Do you have different opinions on any of these? Have you done this tag yourself? Link me & chat to me below! I tag everyone who hasn’t done it, I’m pretty late on this train.