I consider myself a very basic person, so my “unpopular” opinions in the book community are probably not even that groundbreakingly unpopular. But just in case…
a popular book or series that you didn’t like
The Program (The Program, #1) by Suzanne Young
Warning: If you enjoyed this series in any way, it might be best to just quickly scroll down. I read and rate based off of personal enjoyment, and I did NOT enjoy this book at all.
I can literally write a ten page essay in 12-point Times New Roman font, MLA-format, double-spaced, with one-inch marigins, on how much I disliked this book.
Actually, I don’t think “dislike” is the right word.
I absolutely DETESTED everything about this series with all the fiery passion of one thousand million Extra Flaming Hot Cheetos. Actually, no, that doesn’t cut it either because Hot Cheetos aren’t even that spicy
and if you can’t handle that level of spice you’re WEAKKK.
I mean, how in the world did depression suddenly become an epidemic? Where is the plausible scientific explanation for all of this? The characters are so bland?
Also why am I typing like this?
My hatred for this series is more comparable to a 3000-leagues-long field of ghost chili peppers burning under the sun, in the middle of a forest fire.
(And don’t ask what chili peppers would be doing in the middle of a forest fire, because I don’t know either. It’s a metaphor, guys!!)
a popular book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love
The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I know that people don’t necessarily HATE this- it has a relatively large fandom, in fact- but I’ve read a considerable amount of reviews that call The Red Queen series cliche and derivative.
Well, not for me! 😀
These books are a
guilty shameless pleasure. Of course, everyone has their own reading preferences, but I actually really enjoyed reading about Mare & Crew. ❤ Her abilities are similar to that of an angsty female Thor.
(Also, Victoria Aveyard’s website is so aesthetic?)
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!)
Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Massive spoilers if you haven’t finished reading the Grisha Trilogy!
Sorry, Mal who? Mal? I don’t know of this man-child.
I refuse to accept the ending bye!
A popular book genre that you hardly reach for
My go-to genres usually fall within YA- fantasy, historical, or contemporary- so I rarely, if ever, go for sci-fi. I probably should, though, but my TBR is intimidating enough as it is, and—
*continues to click away on GR until TBR list is 1000000x longer* Oops.
a popular or beloved character that you do not like
Cal from The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I really, really dislike Cal from The Red Queen. I can’t put my finger on why. I just do.
I should probably burn for saying this but… MAVEY!! MAVEY ALL THE WAY!! (Hey that rhymed! Even better. ;))
a popular author that you can’t seem to get into
I didn’t even have to think about this one.
Kiera Cass’s books are relatively popular, and I’m sure she’s a wonderful person, but I just can’t seem to enjoy any of her characters. There’s also the fact that America Singer makes me want to.. *angry noises*
I mean, what kind of name is America Singer? America??? SINGER??? Not to judge, but… #JUDGING REALLY HARD RIGHT NOW
a popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
the “totally-special-damsel-meets-alpha-male-who-low-key-abuses-her-and-they-fall-in-angsty-love” trope
I feel like all tropes can be very entertaining if they’re done well. I mean, I’ve happily enjoyed my fair share of Forbidden Love and Love Triangles. But… wait… hmm… I think I’ve got one…
Hypothetical Situation: A Love Story by Hannah
Hot, brooding, mysterious alpha-male with biceps the size of dinner plates and washboard abs meets delicate, pure, pretty-but-doesn’t-know-it Special Snowflake. Apparently they “hate” each other.*
SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE: Oh! Oh, I feel a tingling in my loins.
ALPHA MALE: you’re MINEMINEMINEMINEMINE
SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE: But I hate you! But… my loins!
SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE: I’m so plain! I’m like, Plain Jane! But I’m also really sassy! (Narrator: She’s not.)
Alpha Male pretends to hate Special Snowflake but is secretly intrigued and totally attracted to her because she’s NOT LIKE MOST GIRLS. Alpha Male generally harasses the helpless, vulnerable, naive Special Snowflake until he dashingly swoops in to save the poor damsel from some terrible situation (i.e., attempted kidnapping, falling off of a cliff, death by angry flying crocodiles, etc etc).
But… his true feelings spill out! He confesses how much he loved her this whole time and they make out and fall in Love.
The 🙂 End 🙂 🙂 🙂
*Roles of Alpha Male and Special Snowflake are interchangeable by gender.
a popular series that you have no interest in reading
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I know, I know! I hate myself, too!
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 by George R. R. Martin
I’d have to say Game of Thrones, because I haven’t actually read the book series yet! *hides*
I’m pretty sure that at one point, I picked up the first book, but the prospect of starting an entirely new series was just so intimidating that I, ahem, eventually kind of stopped. Let’s just really quickly add that to the never-ending list of Disappointing Things Hannah Has Done.
After the show ends, I’ll probably work my way through the books. For now, though, I’ll content myself with happily watching Arya Stark tear her way through the kingdom (and hopefully, through Cersei Lannister).
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