Unpopular Bookish Opinions Book Tag
Disclaimer: I do not mean to offend anyone if your favorite book or series is mentioned in this post. Everyone is allowed to have their own opinions, so I am only expressing my opinions, not hating on someone if one likes a book I hate. Thank you, and have a great time discussing your opinions in the comment section below!
Question #1: What is a popular book or series that you do not like?
The popular book that I do not like might get me some backlash and some fans yelling at me through their computer or phone screens. Throughout the book I am discussing, everyone was climbing on each other like monkeys, which may give you a hint on which book it is. As I do not like a lot of romance-based books, I wanted no part of it in Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Yes, Shatter Me. The popular book with the popular love story and the girl with magical powers that kills people. Sounds awesome, right?! It wasn't. I had a big problem with it once I put it down after finishing and pondering about. Also, I cannot be the only one who found this problem. I thought that the romance between Warner and Juliet was based on sexual abusive behaviors. As I noticed throughout the book and through Warner and Juliet's interactions, their entire relationship was built off of a sexual desire and an attempted assault, which happens near the end of the book. Warner forces Juliet to want to love him, even though she has no interest in her captor who says he can help her. If I wanted to read about a romance in a dystopian setting, I want a developed relationship that is formed from good morals and that makes me jump up and down when they run into each other. Bye, Warner and Juliet; and, hello, Katniss and Peeta!
Question #2: What is a popular book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love?
When I usually find a book that I hate, most people usually hate it, too. However, I have finally found one that builds a wall between people. A popular book that many people seem to hate but I love is probably A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. So many people whom I know and do not know have told me they hate it and the reasons why, but I really liked it to the point of loving it. I loved the characters, and I enjoyed learning about the historical setting the story was set in. Soon, I need to catch up on Dicken's books, so let me get this post over and done with so I can go read some more books. XD
Question #3: What is 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?
I am very strict when it comes to my OTP(One True Pairing)s. I love them, I cherish them, and I never let them. One OTP I do not like is in Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series. Since there are dozens among dozens of OTPs, the one I am mentioning is the couple Rowan and Aelin. I hate Rown, and I will always love Dorian forever. Even though Manon and Dorian make a cute couple, Dorian and Aelin will always be my favorite ship that I wish was sailing. I just hate how Rowan is overly protective for no reason and is always a pain in my butt. All I want is my favorite love interest with my favorite character together! *Says in an English accent*
Question #4: What is a popular book genre that you hardly reach for(or your least read genre)?
If you know me very well, you know I love and adore my fantasy books. I hardly ever waver from my precious big babies, unless if I find a good book in another genre or need a break from fantasy. The genre I never reach for when I take a break with Alexander Hamilton is contemporary. Contemporary reads mostly have a lot of romance and relationships in them that takes the entire book to develop. It can get boring when you're reading the same thing over and over again just with different character names. It needs to have something special or different for me to stick with it.
Question #5: What is a popular or beloved character that you do not like?
For this question, I would like to say Rowan from the Throne of Glass series but I do not want to use the same book for an answer twice and it would just hurt Rowan's masculinity more. For a character that I do not like(and that I have not already used as an answer yet), I will say it has to be Tris from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. I never understood, just like with Warner, why Tris was so liked. She was brave and she had some other likable attributes, such as selflessness and a forgiving nature, but how the heck did she stay alive for almost three books? Through her stupidity and impulsiveness that was not shown very much in her character in Divergent, she got on my nerves as I yelled at the pages of Insurgent and Allegiant😭, telling her not to do what she was already going to do anyway. I find it really infuriating when I do not have a great appreciation for the main character and narrator since that is the character I spend the most time with throughout a book.
Question #6: What is a popular author that you can't seem to get into?
There are a lot of popular authors I like and dislike, but I do not think there has ever been a certain author I could never get into until John Green came into my bookshelf's life. I have read The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns both by John Green, and I immensely enjoyed them both. Although I may find Green's books entertaining, when I hear he has other books out or is producing a new book, I may get excited at first, but then, I just do not care after a while. I do not know what is wrong with me, except for the fact that I am not a big contemporary fan like so many of my book-loving friends. Maybe one day I will get to reading more of Green's books, but for the moment, I want my fantasy books and I want them now.
Question #7: What is a popular book trope that you're tired of seeing?
My answer for this question is not necessarily a trope and is more of a concerning quality in books. The thing I am concerned about is writing something off just because of someone's background, which can be cultural or ethnic, can cause someone to be overly protective. An example of this is in the Throne of Glass series with Rowan and Aelin's relationship. Rowan is way to overprotective of Aelin. He will not let her talk to males since he is prone to protecting her more than someone who is human for some reason; and, in addition, Rowan does not let her do some things also, which just makes me ask myself why I am still reading Maas' books even though how much I am entertained by them. Hmm, that is a question for another time. Anyway, there a whole lot more tropes I despise; however, I really wanted to discuss this issue in some of the popular books that could be affecting someone's life in a negative way.
Question #8: What is a popular series that you have no interest in reading?
If I ever see a popular book or series in a store or online, most of the time I am intrigued and want to find out more. However, with Stephanie Meyer's Twilight quartet, I have never been interested. I might one day in the future want to read it, but for now, keep it away from me. I have heard tons of great things about the series but I have heard many bad things about it, too. Vampire Academy might also fulfill this question, but I am a little curious about it after hearing good praise for that book and the series.
Question #9: The saying goes "The book is always better than the movie", but what movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
I do not ever think I thought a book worst than the adaption made for it, but I do think The Maze Runner by James Dashner translated better in a movie format than it did in the book. The language seemed more normal than it did in book, such as when they called each other shanks or all the times Thomas was called Greenie. Also, the plot moved slowly in the book, and once it was produced for the movie, all the action and stunts played perfectly and was timed excellently. I know this answer is popularly used but there is no other movie or television show produced from a book I could find a better answer for this question since they pretty much all suck.
Now, who to tag? Hmm, deep pondering thoughts are filling my mind at this moment. My decision is you there. Yes, you who are reading this blog post, you're it. You are now tagged to complete this tag(hehe, maniacal laughter) if you would like, but if you do not, remember this is completely optional or you can just answer in the comments! Hooray!
In conclusion, these are my own opinions. You are allowed to have different opinions than I, so it is okay if you enjoyed or disliked a book or series I mentioned above. I am glad I had a hard time coming up with some of these answers since I enjoy a lot of books and what they have to offer. Also, if you want to check out the original creator's answers, here is the original video done by TheBookArcher on BookTube, or YouTube: Unpopular Opinions Book Tag ORIGINAL - YouTube!
Thank you for reading,and I hope you enjoy!